Aces Fall in Extra-Innings
The Reno Aces dropped the third game of a four-game series to the Las Vegas 51s by a 9-8 score in 10 innings on Thursday night.
The Reno Aces dropped the third game of a four-game series to the Las Vegas 51s by a 9-8 score in 10 innings on Thursday night at Greater Nevada Field. The visitors rallied from a 7-3 deficit with six runs over the final two frames. Sócrates Brito (@SocratesBrito) and Kyle Jensen each had four hits to tie the club’s season high, but the bullpen could not hold the lead for starter Braden Shipley (@shipley25).
The Aces answered the 51s’ three runs with two in the home half on Brito’s RBI triple and a sacrifice fly from Jensen. Reno extended its lead to 6-3 in the seventh on Reinheimer’s RBI single, and Carlos Rivero (@Carlos_Rivero3) scored Zach Borenstein with a base hit in the following frame.
Las Vegas mounted a comeback in the ninth, scoring five runs on three hits with the benefit of four walks (one intentional). With the Aces trailing 8-7 going to the bottom of the frame, Freeman led off the inning with his first home run of the season, a game-tying line drive to right field. Las Vegas’ Roger Bernadina then matched Freeman’s feat in the 10th, taking a 1-0 pitch from Steve Hathaway (@Mr_Hath) out to right for the game-winning run.
Reno set a season high with 17 hits, including three from Reinheimer and two from Freeman to supplement the four-hit nights from Brito and Jensen. The two middle infielders shared the team lead with two RBI apiece.
Shipley delivered his seventh quality start in 11 outings, taking a no-decision after he allowed three earned runs on eight hits over seven innings with one walk and one strikeout. He threw 98 pitches, 61 for strikes. Hathaway (0-1) was tagged with the loss as he allowed three earned runs on three hits (one home run) with two walks and one strikeout in 2/3 of an inning. Josh Smoker (2-1) was credited with the win, working the final two innings and giving up one earned run on three hits with three strikeouts.
The Aces conclude their four-game set against Las Vegas on Friday at Greater Nevada Field. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. PT. Reno will send left-hander Andrew Chafin (1-0, 0.00) to the bump, while lefty Sean Gilmartin (5-2, 3.92) will toe the rubber for Las Vegas.