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Aces Lose Homestand Finale to Grizzlies

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Matt Koch (@mattykoch20) lasted into the seventh in his Triple-A debut, but the Fresno Grizzlies tallied single runs in the third, sixth, seventh and ninth innings en route to a 4-1 win over the Reno Aces on Tuesday night at Greater Nevada Field.

With the loss, the Aces (60-50) dropped consecutive games for the first time since the All-Star break, while losing the season series against Fresno (60-49) for the first time since 2013.

Reno struck first against right-hander Mike Hauschild, scoring the game’s first run on a double play. The twin killer – off the bat of Kyle Jensen (@TheKJensen42) – squandered a bases-loaded, no-out situation, leaving the Aces with a meager run.

Fresno pestered Koch for one run in the third on a double play when Nolan Fontana scored ahead of a rundown that ended the inning. Jon Kemmer then gave the visitors the lead in the sixth with a one-out solo shot to deep right, clearing the grass berm.

A passed ball in the seventh led to the Grizzlies’ third run. Andrew Aplin singled to left-center with two away and took second on Dan Rohlfing’s first defensive miscue behind the plate, setting up Tyler Heineman’s run-scoring single.

Aplin put the finishing touches on Fresno’s series-sealing victory in the ninth, lofting his fifth homer of the season over the wall in right.

Hauschild (8-9) limited the Aces to one run on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts over seven innings in the win. Koch (0-1) suffered the loss after yielding three runs – two earned – on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. Jandel Gustave worked around an error, fanning the side in the ninth for his second save.

Reno dropped to third place in the Pacific Northern Division with the defeat. Despite the loss, the Aces remain just four games back of the Tacoma Rainiers for first place after their 3-2 loss to Albuquerque. The two squads play nine of their final 13 games against one another.

The Aces open a five-game, four-day set on Wednesday night at Salt Lake. First pitch from Smith’s Ballpark is set for 6:05 p.m. PT. Reno will send right-hander Zack Greinke (0-0, -.--) to the bump for a Major League rehab start, opposite Bees left-hander Chris Jones (3-9, 7.38).

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