Reno Aces' (4-9) starting pitcher Chase Anderson (W, 1-2) threw six innings of three hit ball to cool off the Colorado Springs Sky Sox' (7-5) bats and win the first game of the series, 5-2, on a cold night at Aces Ballpark.
The Sky Sox fell behind early in the third inning when Taylor Harbin doubled home Anderson. Harbin scored on the next at-bat on a hit by Chris Owings. Owings grounded to LeMahieu, but reached safely on a missed catch error by Culberson.
With Kila Ka'aihue batting, Tyler Bortnick stole third and crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly by Ka'aihue. The Aces tacked on their fourth run of the inning when Nolan Arenado committed a fielding error to allow Tuffy Gosewisch to reach safely and Chris Owings to score.
Christian Friedrich (L, 0-1) was pulled in the middle of the inning, and finished the day pitching 2.1 innings, allowing two earned runs and walking two.
Reno increased their lead to five when Matt Davidson hit his third home run of the year and second this season against the Sky Sox. Colorado Springs tried to rally, but were held in check most of the day by Anderson. The righty threw six shutout innings and struck out seven before surrendering two runs in the seventh inning.
The inning began when Anderson walked Charlie Blackmon. Arenado then came to the plate and delivered his league leading 11th double of the season. Reliever Joe Paterson came on to pitch for Reno and immediately gave up a single to Ryan Wheeler.
After a Paterson wild pitch, Culberson hit a RBI single to cut the deficit to three. The Sky Sox comeback attempt stalled when Lars Davis and Ben Paulsen each struck out to end the inning.
In the eighth Corey Dickerson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a leadoff hit, but was out a batter later when DJ LeMahieu grounded into a double play.
The loss sends the Sky Sox to 7-5 and the team is now two games back of the Salt Lake Bees for the Pacific Northern Division lead.
Tomorrow the Sky Sox and the Aces will face off for the sixth time this season. In the matinee Colorado Springs will have Tyler Chatwood on the mound against Charles Brewer.
Sky Sox Notes: Arenado has now hit a double in seven straight games. So far this season he has a league leading 11 doubles and 13 extra base hits...With his appearance tonight Jeff Manship has pitched in a team-high five games. In those five games (4G, 1GS) he a 4.91 ERA and eight strikeouts.