Mark Reed's suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday night lifted the Reno Aces to a come-from-behind 8-7 victory and a series sweep over the Tacoma Rainiers at Aces Ballpark.
Trailing 7-6 through eight, the Aces pushed across a run in the ninth to force extra innings when Reed scored on a Jake Elmore safety squeeze with nobody out in the frame.
After Jonathan Albaladejo worked a scoreless top of the tenth, singles for Cole Gillespie and Mike Jacobs, and an intentional walk loaded the bases with nobody out. Rusty Ryal popped up in the infield for the first out of the inning, but Reed followed with a squeeze bunt that chased home Gillespie with the game-winner.
Albaladejo (3-1)—the sixth Aces pitcher of the evening—earned the win after keeping the Rainiers scoreless in the 10th. Reno starter Barry Enright did not figure into the decision, allowing four runs—three earned—on five hits, five walks and no strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work.
The loss fell to Rainiers reliever Scott Patterson (1-3), who surrendered the game-winner in the 10th. Starter Forrest Snow allowed six runs on six hits over four frames.
At the dish for Reno, Ryan Wheeler had a four-hit night with three runs scored and three driven in, including a solo home run in the first. Gillespie, Jacobs and Taylor Harbin registered multi-hit efforts for the Aces.
The Aces now head-out on a 12-day, 11-game, 3-city road trip through Las Vegas, Tucson and Colorado Springs. In Saturday's series opener at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Reno will send RHP Trevor Bauer (2-0, 1.89 ERA) to the hill. He'll be opposed by LHP Aaron Laffey. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT, and the action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 630 AM or by visiting RenoAces.com.