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Aces Lose in Memphis

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The Reno Aces fell to the Memphis Redbirds by a 6-4 score on Thursday night at AutoZone Park in the third game of the teams’ four-game series. The home team broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the eighth inning, keyed by a three-run triple off the bat of Alex Mejia.

Reno (67-59) opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning. Ildemaro Vargas (@ildemaro_tigre) led off the game with a single up the middle and then stole second. Sócrates Brito (@SocratesBrito) followed with another base hit to send Vargas to third before Brito swiped second. With two men in scoring position, Pacific Coast League RBI leader Kyle Jensen (@TheKJensen42) beat out an infield single to drive in Vargas and set a franchise record with his 108th RBI of the season. Memphis shortstop Matt Williams threw wide on the play, allowing Brito to come home and extend the Aces’ lead to 2-0.

Memphis (60-65) responded with a run in the home half. Matt Williams doubled to left to lead off, scoring three batters later on an RBI single by Jose Martinez. The Redbirds later tied the game at two in the sixth, loading the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Patrick Wisdom then hit a groundball to second, but a wide toss from Vargas to Jack Reinheimer (@Reinheimer_08) limited Reno to one out on the play and allowed Martinez to score the equalizing run. 

The home team continued its rally in the eighth, taking a 6-2 lead with four runs. Memphis loaded the bases with one-out single, a two-out base hit that deflected off the second-base bag and a walk. Mejia then delivered the game-winning runs with a bases-clearing triple, coming home when pinch-hitter Breyvic Valera lined an RBI single to center in the next at-bat.

Reno mounted a rally in the ninth, but the four-run hole was too much. Reinheimer drew a two-out walk, taking second base on defensive indifference before scoring on an RBI single to right by Carlos Rivero (@CarlosRivero_3). The Venezuela native also moved up one base without a throw to set up a run-scoring base hit off the bat of Ronnie Freeman (@Freeforall16), but a strikeout sealed Memphis’ win.

Jensen had two hits for his team-best 35th multi-hit game this year, while Rivero’s pair of singles gave him 27 multi-hit contests. Freeman’s ninth-inning single marked his first career Triple-A hit, and he also threw out his fourth would-be base-stealer in as many tries for Reno.

Anthony Banda (@anthony_banda3) logged his third consecutive quality start, allowing two earned runs on four hits over six innings with four walks and five strikeouts. He threw 101 pitches, 59 for strikes. Reliever Evan Marshall (@emarsh31) took the loss, allowing four earned runs on five hits over two frames, with one walk and two strikeouts.

The Aces and Redbirds conclude their four-game series on Friday night. First pitch from AutoZone Park is set for 5:05 p.m. PT. Right-hander Matt Koch (1-2, 2.95) will get the ball for Reno, while Memphis will send righty Derek McGuire (6-10, 5.86) to the mound.

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