Angelys Nina delivered a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Albuquerque Isotopes a 2-1 win over the Reno Aces Friday night at Isotopes Park.
The game-winner for Nina came after the Aces rallied in the ninth inning to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
A lead-off single by Danny Worth in the top of the ninth started a Reno rally. After a fielder's choice by Mike Freeman (@MikeBFree5), Evan Marzilli (@marzooch) singled and Jamie Romak walked to load the bases. Danny Dorn worked a walk off of ‘Topes closer Jairo Diaz to force in Freeman and tie the game at 1-1.
Left-hander Robbie Ray (@RobbieRay) started for the Aces and turned in a quality start after a shaky first couple of innings. He issued a pair of walks in the first inning but worked out of the jam when he got a 6-4-3 double play.
Ray allowed a lead-off single to Nina in the second. With Roger Bernadina batting, Nina advanced to third on a wild pitch, and later scored on a groundout by Tim Smalling.
The run held up until the ninth as Isotopes left-hander John Lannan shut down the Aces offense over six innings. The veteran scattered four hits and walked three, but kept Reno off the scoreboard.
Ray settled in and allowed just the one run in the second frame. Over six innings, Ray allowed just two hits, but issued five walks.
Reno had a golden opportunity in the eighth inning but failed to cash in. With one out, Dorn singled to spark a rally. He moved to second on a base hit to right by Nick Evans, and to third on another single from Peter O'Brien.
With the bases loaded and one out, Yasmany Tomás (@eltanquetomas) struck out swinging and Blake Lalli (@BlakeLalli) went down looking to end the inning.
Reno out-hit Albuquerque 11-6, but went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base.
The two team's play game three of the four-game series Saturday in Albuquerque. Left-hander Justin Marks starts for Reno against Isotopes' right-hander Chad Bettis. First pitch is at 6:05 PST.