The Reno Aces rallied to tie on two separate occasions but a franchise record-tying five double plays ultimately doomed them in a 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Salt Lake Bees Friday night at Aces Ballpark.
Knotted at three through the first ten frames, Salt Lake's Grant Green smashed a two-out RBI double off Matt Reynolds (2-5) to give the Bees a 4-3 lead. Efren Navarro then grounded a run-scoring single to center to make it 5-3, and the Bees went on to grab the victory, splitting the four-game series and winning the season series, 10-6.
Like Thursday night, Salt Lake (48-72) secured a 2-0 first-inning lead. Two walks issued by Jhoulys Chacin preceded a two-out, two-run single by Kyle Kubitza.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Reno (57-62) rallied for two runs in the second. Blake Lalli worked a one-out walk and Gerald Laird followed with a double to left-center. After Danny Worth loaded the bases with a free pass, Nick Buss grounded an RBI single to right. Moments later, Brandon Drury's slow roller to third scored Laird to tie the game.
Tied at two, Salt Lake starter Nick Tropeano and Reno's Chacin settled in, in large part because of terrific defense behind them. Tropeano induced a pair of 5-4-3 double plays to end the bottom of the third and fifth innings while Chacin received a three-unassisted, 6-4-3 and 1-6-3 twin killer to end the bottom of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
With the game up to the bullpens after seven innings, the Bees broke the 2-2 deadlock in the eighth against Enrique Burgos on three consecutive one-out singles by Green, Navarro and Kaleb Cowart.
But the Aces had one last rally in them.
Down 3-2 and facing Bees closer Jeremy McBryde, Lalli grounded a one-out single into center. Todd Glaesmann (was inserted as a pinch-runner and on a hit-and-run, raced to third on a single by Matt Pagnozzi .
Worth then dug in with hopes of tying or winning the game. The Aces' shortstop drilled a ground ball directly to Bees second baseman Alex Yarbrough for a tailor-made double play, but instead, the ball skipped through Yarbrough's legs, allowing Glaesmann to score.
Both halves of the tenth inning ended with double plays. Reynolds started a 1-4-3 double play to end the top half and in the bottom half, Mike Freeman hit a line drive to left that resulted in Danny Dorn being doubled off second base.
After the Bees broke through in the 11th for two runs, Glaesmann erased a leadoff single by Peter O'Brien with a 1-6-3 double play. Jordan Pacheco then drew a two-out walk, but Worth lined out to center to end the game.
Mike Morin (4-1) was credited with the win for Salt Lake after throwing 1 2/3 shutout innings in relief, and Jo-Jo Reyes earned the first save of his professional career.
The loss dropped the Aces to 1-6 in extra-inning affairs.
Nick Evans finished 1-for-5 to push his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest such streak by an Aces player this season.
The Aces begin an eight-game road trip in Colorado Springs Saturday night with a four-game set against the Sky Sox. The Aces have not yet named a starter while the Sky Sox will send right-hander Ariel Pena (1-2, 4.94) to the bump. First pitch is set for 5:05 PST.