Round Rock Express Chug Past Reno Aces to Even Series
From the Reno Aces:
The Reno Aces (@Aces) couldn't hold on to an early lead over the Round Rock Express, and the visitors eventually secured the come-from-behind victory, 5-2, to even the series at one Wednesday afternoon at Aces Ballpark
Jake Lamb (@JakeLamb18) – who started at third and hit second in his first Major League rehab appearance from a left foot injury – finished 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
Unfortunately for the Aces, it was Express starting pitcher Matt Harrison – also on a Major League rehab – who overshadowed Lamb's strong performance.
Harrison (1-0), an 18-game winner and American League all-star in 2012, delivered five innings of two-run ball. He scattered five hits, walked one and struck out four.
Round Rock (32-20) scored one run in the first against right-hander Caleb Clay (@CalebClay). Ryan Strausborger led off with a single to right and after a groundout, Roughned Odor lofted a fly ball to left-center that neither Mike Freeman (@MikeBFree5) or Garrett Weber (@weber_5) called for, resulting in a double. A groundout off the bat of former Nevada Wolf Pack player Chris Gimenez followed, giving the Express a 1-0 lead.
Reno (25-28) battled back by scoring two runs in the second, both coming on a two-out, two-strike single by Weber. It proved to be the only hit with runners in scoring position for the Aces, who ended the day going 1-for-11 in those situations.
The Express derailed the Aces with two unearned runs coming across in the fourth, and they steamed to a 5-2 advantage after scoring single runs in the sixth and eighth.
Clay (4-3) didn't help his cause by misplaying a comebacker in the fourth, his second error of the season.
Round Rock's Tomas Telis hit a leadoff solo blast off of Clay in the sixth to straightaway center, and 18-year-old Yeyson Yrizarri lined an RBI double off of Evan Marshall (@emarsh31) past a diving Lamb at third in the eighth.
Francisco Mendoza, Alex Claudio and Spencer Patton worked the final four frames collectively, allowing a total of two hits and three walks. Patton recorded his fifth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Game three of the series is set for 7:05 p.m. PST Thursday at Aces Ballpark. Reno has yet to name a starter while the Express will send right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (4-3, 5.48) to the bump.
The Aces wrap up their four-game series with the Round Rock Express on Friday, June 5, before hitting the road for four-game sets at Fresno and Las Vegas. Ticket packages are on-sale now at www.RenoAces.com or by calling (775) 334-4700. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the season, follow the club on Twitter (@aces) or like the team on Facebook.