The Reno Aces improved to 4-1 in extra-inning games this season with a 5-3 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas in 13 innings on Saturday night at Southwest University Park. Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19) broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI double in the top of the 13th to register Reno’s ninth win in its final at-bat.
The Aces got on the board with two runs in the first, capitalizing on two Chihuahuas errors. Jack Reinheimer (@Reinheimer_08) led off the game with a walk, advancing to second on an errant pickoff throw. Mike Freeman (@MikeBFree5) followed with a single to center before a wild pitch allowed Reinheimer to score and Freeman to take second. The utilityman then moved up 90 feet on a Haniger flyout. Kyle Jensen (@TheKJensen42) flew out to right as the next batter, and Freeman came home on an El Paso fielding miscue.
Reno extended its lead to 3-0 in the third when Haniger took Edwin Jackson’s first offering out to center for a solo home run. The dinger was Haniger’s ninth in 23 games with the Aces since June 10 to rank tied for second in Minor League Baseball over that span. Jackson helped his own cause in the home half, leading off with a solo shot to left to make it a two-run game.
El Paso shrunk its deficit to 3-2 in the fifth. Auston Bousfield led off with a single to right, advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt and a flyout and then scoring on Carlos Asuaje’s RBI base hit. The Chihuahuas then tied the game in the seventh, as Hunter Renfroe hit a one-out single to set up an RBI double by Hector Sanchez.
The contest remained scoreless for the next five innings until Reno took a 5-3 lead with two runs in the 13th. Freeman led off the inning with a bunt single, coming all the way around to score on Haniger’s RBI double down the left-field line. The Aces’ rally continued as Jensen walked and Zach Borenstein reached on a fielder’s choice to drive in Haniger, who had taken third on the throw home following his two-base hit.
Matt Buschmann (@busch26) started for Reno and pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits (one home run) with four walks and four strikeouts. The Aces’ bullpen pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing just one earned run on seven hits with six free passes and six strikeouts. Matt Capps (2-0) worked the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, allowing two hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Former Ace Keith Hessler (0-1) took the loss for El Paso after he allowed both Reno runs in the 13th.
Haniger led the Aces offensively, going 2-for-6 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored. He turned in his 10th multi-hit game and his fifth multi-RBI effort in 23 games with the club since his promotion from Mobile on June 10. Freeman and Borenstein also both had a pair of hits.
The Aces and Chihuahuas conclude their four-game series on Sunday at Southwest University Park. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. PT. Left-hander Edwin Escobar (4-2, 5.36) gets the nod for Reno, while righty Bryan Rodriguez (4-1, 4.28) will start for El Paso.
Reno Aces Press Release