The Reno Aces split the series over the El Paso Chihuahuas Monday evening, falling in the tenth inning on a two-out, walk-off infield single after tying the game in the top of the ninth inning. Zach Borenstein highlighted Reno's offense in the final game after finishing 4-for-4 with three RBI including his 11th home run and two doubles.
For the fifth consecutive time, the Aces added to the scoring column first with a pair of runs in the top of the first on four hits off of El Paso starter Matt Magill. Following two consecutive singles by leadoff Socrates Brito and Kevin Medrano, Zach Borenstein delivered his 15th double of the season to bring both around and take an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, Aces righty Braden Shipley allowed a first inning run after Franchy Cordero led off the Chihuahuas with a single to centerfield. After a successful stolen base by Cordero and groundout by Jose Rondon to advanced Cordero to third, Nick Buss minimized the Aces lead to within a run on his sacrifice fly to right field.
After a scoreless second, third and fourth frames, the Aces scratched only a solo run across to retake a two-run lead when Reno loaded the bases with no out on a Medrano single, Christian Walker's 23rd double and a Borenstein walk. Jack Reinheimer's one-out fielder's choice ground ball was just enough to successfully score the run as Reinheimer beat the throw, preventing an inning-ending double play.
El Paso continued their reciprocation of scoring in the bottom of the fifth when they broke the game open and took a 5-3 lead thanks to back-to-back home runs – a three-run blast by Jabari Blash and a solo home run by Diego Goris. Shipley would exit the game after finishing the frame, totaling five innings with five runs on eleven hits and three strikeouts.
In the seventh, with three innings to work with, flaming-hot Borenstein reduced the deficit to one run after he crushed a leadoff home run to left center, bring the score to 5-4. Fast forward to the ninth, after shutout seventh and eighth frames by relievers Erik Davis and Jake Barrett, the Aces tied the game up at 5-5 on three consecutive one-out base hits by Walker, Borenstein and Hazelbaker, sending the Aces into their tenth extra-inning game of the season after Aces righty Louis Coleman tossed a quick and scoreless bottom half.
After an Aces one-two-three top of the tenth, the Chihuahuas found some light with Silvino Bracho on the hill for Reno. Following a leadoff walk and one-out walk surrendered, Bracho recorded a huge second out by striking out Dusty Coleman. With two on and two out, an argued hit-by-pitch was granted to pinch hitter Tony Cruz that loaded the bases for Cordero. With one strike, the Chihuahuas center fielder dribbled a slow ground ball in between first and second base to give El Paso the 6-5 walk-off victory.
Bracho recorded his second loss of the season after two-third of an inning of work. Davis tossed two shutout and hitless innings while collecting four strikeouts. Barrett and Coleman each pitched a scoreless frame with a strikeout for both. Offensively, the Aces out-hit the Chihuahuas 15-13, with the difference came on Blash's three-run home run in the fifth. Each side was similar in opportunities missed with runners on – the Aces were 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position while the Chihuahuas were 3-for-15.
The loss narrows the Aces division lead to five games over Fresno after the Grizzlies won their eleventh straight game Monday. The Aces return back to Greater Nevada Field tomorrow for the game one of the three-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers. The July 4 Independence Day celebration game is slated for 6:35 p.m. The Aces hit the road following Thursday night's game for a three-game series against Fresno prior to the start of the All-Star break.
Reno Aces Press Release