The Reno Aces (27-18) fell late in the final game to the Omaha Storm Chasers (22-21) five to three Monday evening at Werner Park after a pair of multi-run frames in the seventh and eighth innings paved the way to Omaha's comeback victory. Aces starter Aaron Laffey completed his second consecutive quality start but did not receive a decision after tossing six innings while giving up just one run on four hits with four strikeouts collected.
The series finale was opened in the third after Hank Conger knocked a leadoff single to end the streak of nine-straight outs in the ballgame. Following a hit-by-pitch to Kristopher Negrón and a fly-out by Ildemaro Vargas, professional baseball's hit-leader Ketel Marte sent a hard line drive to left center that just got passed the glove of 'Chasers Corey Toups and brought in Reno's first two runs of the night, extending his hit-streak to 22 games.
After retiring 10 straight since walking the leadoff batter in the first, Laffey allowed his first home run and the first Storm Chasers run of the contest to Ramon Torres' on his fourth inning round-tripper to left to minimize Omaha's deficit to within a run.
In the sixth, Christian Walker added some insurance with his 13th home run of the season, a solo opposite field laser, entering the first-baseman back into a Minor League tie for first place in the category.
In the Chasers seventh with Erik Davis in relief, a one-out bunt single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases to set up for Torres two-RBI single to right field and tie the game at 3-3.
Omaha's momentum continued into the eighth off of second Aces reliever Rubby De La Rosa when a leadoff double by Ryan O'Hearn put the go-ahead run in scoring position and Cam Gallagher closed up shop with a two-run home run to left field to bring the final total to 5-3.
With Tacoma's earlier loss against Iowa, the Aces sit one game back of first place in the Pacific Northern division of the league.
The Aces continue into the second series of the eight-game road trip with a four-game set against the Iowa Cubs of the American North division beginning tomorrow, May 23 at 4:38 p.m. PST. Reno returns to Greater Nevada Field with a four-game set against the Sacramento River Cats over Memorial Day weekend starting on May 27 at 6:35 p.m.
Reno Aces Press Release