Aces Fall to Dodgers
The Dodgers clung to a 4-3 lead behind a four-run third inning,
The Reno Aces fell short in a 9-3 loss to the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Friday night in front of 7,883 fans at Greater Nevada Field. The Dodgers clung to a 4-3 lead behind a four-run third inning, until O’Koyea Dickson launched a pinch-hit three-run homer to right in the eighth, cementing Reno’s fate.
Oklahoma City (53-38) broke through against Aces right-hander John Omahen in the third after consecutive singles from Micah Johnson and Joc Pederson. Following a fielder’s choice out at the plate and fly ball to left, Austin Barnes lined a two-out single into center, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.
With runners at the corners, Barnes and Rob Segedin executed a double steal, the latter swiping home to push OKC’s advantage to two. Moments later, Zach Walters lofted a two-run shot over Gabby Guerrero’s outstretched glove at the right-field fence, doubling the lead to four.
Reno brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the fifth, but Peter O’Brien struck out swinging to end the threat. The Aces pulled within one run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19), setting O’Brien up for redemption. Celebrating his 26th birthday, O’Brien smashed a grounder up the middle, but OKC’s Johnson fielded cleanly at second and fired to first, erasing another scoring chance.
Dickson’s pinch-hit blast reached the grass berm in right, and OKC added salt to the wound in the ninth with a pair of runs off right-hander Cole Johnson for the final margin.
Omahen (0-2) suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts over five innings. De León improved to 2-0 after striking out a season-high 10 batters over 5 2/3 innings of five-hit, two-run ball.
Reno struck out 15 times at the dish, setting a season high for strikeouts in a single game. The Aces finished with six hits, led by Mike Freeman’s (@MikeBFree5) team-high 33rd multi-hit game.
The Aces and OKC Dodgers continue their four-game series with game three on Saturday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT. Reno has not yet named a starter, while righty Ross Stripling (0-1, 2.13) gets the ball for Oklahoma City.