— Isaiah Burrows
Seventh inning collapse leads to Aces’ lossMatt Koch pitched six solid innings, but a four-run seventh propelled the River Cats past the Aces 5-1 on Saturday at Greater Nevada Field. Koch surrendered one earned run on three hits and two walks in six innings of work. Ryan Atkinson took over in the seventh and gave up four runs and didn’t record a single out. The rest of the Reno bullpen stopped the bleeding, but it was too late. The River Cats’ pitching staff tossed a shutout through seven innings. Sacramento starter Conner Menez tossed six scoreless innings, giving up just three hits with eight strikeouts. He earned his first win on the year. Reno had just six hits. Yasmany Tomás went 1-for-3 with a solo blast over to the Sacramento bullpen in right field. Juniel Querecuto was 2-for-4. Kevin LaChance recorded his first career Triple-A hit. Sacramento plated the first run of the contest in the fourth inning. The River Cats poured it on with four more in the seventh. Reno scored its only run in the eighth off Tomás’ homer. Notes: The Aces have three walk-off homers this season. … Reno is 23-20 at home and 7-5 on Saturday. … Seven of the last eight games played by the Aces have been decided by one run. On Deck: Reno, 39-49, faces Sacramento for the final game of the four-game series at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Greater Nevada Field. Braden Shipley is expected to take the hill for the Aces. Andrew Suarez is the probable starting pitcher for the River Cats.