The Reno Aces won for the eighth time in 11 games on their current 12-game road trip with a 6-2 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Father’s Day at Isotopes Park. Kyle Jensen (@TheKJensen42) drove a game-tying solo homer in the seventh and a two-run triple for added insurance in the eighth, backing Matt Buschmann (@Busch26) who fired seven strong innings to earn his third win.
Jensen’s solo shot in the seventh quickly brought the Aces (38-31) even after the Isotopes (31-39) rallied for a brief 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Buschmann cruised until a two-out walk to Mike Tauchman preceded a two-run homer by Stephen Cardullo, giving the home team a short-lived advantage.
Tuffy Gosewisch (@santiagosewisch) played long ball in the third inning, providing the Aces with a 1-0 lead. The 32-year-old’s blast marked his sixth of the season and third at Isotopes Park.
The homer paved the way for Buschmann’s seven impressive innings. Buschmann’s counterpart, Jeff Hoffman, nullified the home run with at least one strikeout in each of his seven innings pitched, including two punchouts in each of the first, second, fourth and fifth innings.
Buschmann wriggled free from trouble in the home half of the seventh, escaping from a first-and-third, no-out jam. Jack Reinheimer (@Reinheimer_08) threw wide of Jensen at first on a grounder by Tom Murphy to open the frame, and a wild pitch quickly moved Murphy into scoring position. Jeff Bianchi then dropped down a sacrifice bunt to Buschmann whose throw to Mike Freeman (@MikeBFree5) was high, allowing both Bianchi and Murphy to advance safely. The next batter, Noel Cuevas, lined out to a charging Todd Glaesmann (@toddglaesmann22) in center, and the outfielder unleashed a strike to Gosewisch at the plate, nabbing Murphy who was racing home from third. A walk to Joey Wong followed the double play, but a 1-6-3 groundout induced by Buschmann kept the score tied at two.
Reno busted free from the 2-2 deadlock with a four-spot against reliever Brian Schlitter in the eighth. The Aces capitalized on a fielding error by the right-hander to take a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, Jensen belted a two-out, two-run triple to straightaway center, pushing the cushion to three. Zach Borenstein then won a long 10-pitch battle with Schlitter when he lined a run-scoring single to right to cap the scoring.
Buschmann (3-6) picked up the win after allowing two earned runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts over seven innings. Hoffman took a no-decision, despite fanning a season-high 11 batters. Schlitter (0-1) yielded four unearned runs on three hits and a walk in one inning of relief, and Enrique Burgos recorded the final four outs to nail down his first save for the Aces in 2016.
Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19) finished 0-for-4 with a run scored to snap his nine-game hitting streak with the Aces. Jensen’s two late knocks extended his streak to a season-best nine games, and he joined Triple-A Toledo’s Dean Green (73) and Toronto’s Edwin Encarnación (61) as the only players in all of baseball with 60-plus RBI. The Aces’ first baseman has driven in 29 RBI over 18 games in the month of June, and he is now just five shy of matching Mike Jacobs’ franchise record of 34 set in May of 2014.
The Isotopes left eight runners on base and finished 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, one night after going hitless in six at-bats in those same situations.
The Aces conclude their 12-game road trip with game four at Albuquerque on Monday. First pitch is slated for 11:05 a.m. PT. Right-hander Kyle Drabek (3-5, 6.64) will toe the rubber for Reno, while Albuquerque will counter with righty Shane Carle (3-6, 5.82).
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