One night after the Aces gutted out a 14-inning win to open a five-game series in Albuquerque, they dropped two one-run games to the Isotopes as they were swept in the Friday night doubleheader.
Reno held late leads in both games only to see Albuquerque score multiple late runs to steal both games.
In game one, Walter Ibarra homered off Trevor Cahill in the second inning to give the Isotopes an early 1-0 lead. It remained tied until the Aces came through with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
It started with back-to-back singles by Andy Marte and Danny Dorn. A fielding error by Ibarra at short loaded the bases for Mike Freeman who came through with a live-drive base-hit to right-center, plating Marte and Dorn to give Reno a 2-1 lead.
Cahill worked a scoreless fifth inning but ran into trouble in the sixth when Mike Baxter evened the game with a one-out solo home run. Cahill struck out the next batter, Tim Federowicz for the second out. He was relieved by Joe Paterson who retired Johnny Monell on a routine fly ball to center.
After the Aces went 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Brian Cavazos-Galvez led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk-off solo home run on the first pitch from Paterson
Carlos Frias threw all seven innings to earn the complete-game win for the Isotopes, and Paterson was tagged with his first loss of the season.
Game two began with a bang for the Aces when Nick Ahmed and Aaron Cunningham collected back-to-back doubles to give Reno and early 1-0 lead.
Michael Lee made his Aces debut when he started for Reno in game two. He allowed two hits over the first two innings but kept Albuquerque off the scoreboard early.
A golden opportunity went by in the third inning when Ahmed and Cunningham started the inning with a pair of hits. Alfredo Marte was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Dorn struck out and Andy Marte bounced into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.
Lee kept the Isotopes at bay until the sixth inning when Erisbel Arruebarrena led off with a long fly ball to center-field. The speedster slid into third as the relay throw from Argenis Diaz got away from Andy Marte and caromed into the stands, allowing Arruebarrena to trot home with the tying run.
Lee came back to retire pinch-hitter Tim Federowicz, then allowed a single to Trayvon Robinson. Derek Eitel relieved Lee and walked Baxter and Monell to load the bases with one out. He then forced in the go-ahead run with his third consecutive walk. Cavazos-Galvez made it 3-1 with a sacrifice fly before Eitel retired the side.
In the seventh, Reno loaded the bases with one out for Ahmed who came through with his fourth hit, a base-hit to left to cut the lead to 3-2. However, Cavazos-Galvez’s throw to the infield caught Tony Campana in between second and third for the second out of the inning. Aaron Cunningham came to the plate with runners and second and third but struck out to end the game.
The teams will meet again Saturday for game four of the series. Right-hander Zeke Spruill (3-4, 6.75) takes the mound for Reno against right-hander Jeff Bennett (4-2, 3.70) for Albuquerque. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.