OPENING DAY: Reno Aces top Fresno 10-2
The Reno Aces defeated the Fresno Grizzlies, 10-2, to kick off the 2018 campaign. Led by Christian Walker, Reno scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Nevada Alum Braden Shipley delivered 5.1 innings, allowing one run on seven hits to earn the victory. The Aces have dominated Opening Day, earning their seventh win in 10 years. Taylor Clarke (0-0, 0.00) will get the nod for Greg Gross tomorrow night and will square off against Grizzlies’ right-hander Trent Thorton (0-0, 0.00).
Top Performers - Reno
Christian Walker (1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI)
Yasmany Tomas (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI)
Braden Shipley ( W, 5.1 IP, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 ER)
Top Performers - Fresno
Drew Ferguson (3-for-4, 2B, BB)
Kyle Tucker (2-for-4, BB)
Tyler White (1-for-3, BB, RBI)
Shipley Repeats: Braden Shipley is the first Aces pitcher to start on Opening Day twice.
Return of the MVP: Christian Walker returns to Reno after capturing the Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player award in 2017. The Norristown, PA native launched a franchise-record 32 regular season home runs, drove in 114 and hit .309 in 133 games played. Walker earned a September call up and was featured on the D-backs playoff roster.
Off We Go: The Aces have won the first game of their season four years in a row.