Danny Dorn hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Reno Aces a dramatic 4-2 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Wednesday night at Aces Ballpark.
Dorn started the season with the Aces but was called-up by the Diamondbacks in late April. He debuted on April 21 after spending nine-plus seasons in the minors. His last game with the D-backs was on Saturday when he delivered a game-tying two-out, two-run double off Padres closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning.
Since rejoining the Aces Tuesday, Dorn is 5-for-8 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. In 12 games with the Aces in 2015, he's hitting .511 (23-for-45) with 11 RBI, 10 runs scored, 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 1 triple.
It was a come-from-behind win for the Aces who found themselves in an early hole when starter Robbie Ray found immediate trouble in the first inning. After striking out Rymer Liriano to start the game, five consecutive batters reached base. A RBI double by Tommy Medica gave El Paso a 1-0 lead, and Brett Wallace followed with a run-scoring base hit to make it 2-0 in the opening frame.
Ray walked Taylor Lindsey to load the bases, but came back to strike out Jake Goebbert and Rocky Gale to limit the damage. The southpaw delivered 46 pitches and was lifted after just the one inning.
Reliever Willy Paredes was summoned from the bullpen and delivered four scoreless innings to keep the Aces in the game. Paredes walked four, scattered four hits and was able to retire Rocky Gale with the bases loaded to end the top of the fifth.
The Aces cut the deficit in half in their part of the fifth. Shortstop Danny Worth led off the inning with a booming triple to right-center. Three batters later, Garrett Weber lifted a sacrifice fly to right-field to score Worth and make it a 2-1 game.
Weber extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the bottom of the third. It's the longest active streak in the Pacific Coast League. He also extended his on-base streak to 18 games.
He started another rally in the eighth when he led off the inning with a walk. Trayvon Robinson replaced Weber as a pinch-runner at first base. The Chihuahuas went to left-hander Scott Elbert to face Dorn, but it didn't matter. He laced a double down the right-field line, allowing Robinson to race around the bases and even the game at 2-2.
Dan Runzler worked a scoreless ninth inning and Kevin Munson blanked the Chihuahuas in the tenth, setting the stage for Dorn's game-winner.
It's the second walk-off home run for the Aces in 2015. Dorn joins Mike Freeman who walked off April 19 against Albuquerque.
The Aces have won seven of their last eight games and improved to 16-18 on the season. The Chihuahuas fell to 19-15.
Game three of the four-game series is set for Thursday morning. Right-hander Gabriel Arias makes his Aces debut against right-hander Daniel McCutchen (0-2, 5.51) for the Chihuahuas. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 a.m.