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Aces Fall Short in Game Two Loss to Dodgers

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Reno Aces fell just short in an 8-7 loss to the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark after they came back in the late innings to tie the game with six runs. Jack Reinheimer collected his third consecutive multi-hit night as Christian Walker and Kristopher Negrón both homered for consecutive nights. Reno starter Frank Duncan finished after a five-inning, seven-run performance on 10 hits with three strikeouts.

The Aces struck offensively early in the first inning for the third straight game. Jeremy Hazelbaker led off for the Reno squad and tripled deep to the left-center field gap to get things going. After Jack Reinheimer struck out to record the first out of the inning, Christian Walker sent a bouncing ground ball to the middle of the infield to record his 94th RBI of the season, scoring Hazelbaker and making it a 1-0 ballgame.

The Dodgers didn't spend much time in the deficit going into the bottom half of the first. After starter Duncan surrendered a two-out walk to Willie Calhoun, O'Koyea Dickson knocked his 23rd home run of the season to left field, giving the Dodgers the 2-1 lead. In the third, another Calhoun walk to lead off the inning began another Dodgers rally. Following the walk and Dickson's pop fly out, Edwin Rios hit a 2-2 pitch out to right-center field to extend the lead to 5-1. A fifth run came in after Max Muncy doubled and scored on Mike Freeman's single.

After the Dodgers collected another two runs in the fifth to take a six-run lead, the Aces came up big in the sixth inning with five runs on seven hits to come within a run. Following a Hazelbaker strikeout for the first out, the Aces collected seven consecutive hits, including a two-run home run by Walker and a three-run home run by Negrón. Then, in the seventh, after just coming short of tying the game an inning earlier, Socrates Brito knocked a huge two-out double to score Reinheimer who singled and tie the game at seven apiece.

Oklahoma City got the last word in the fight coming in the eighth inning when they broke the tie game with two hits. After a leadoff groundball out served by southpaw reliever Jared Miller, Drew Maggi knocked a lasered a double to left field and was brought in one batter later on Calhoun's base hit through the hole at shortstop, taking the final 8-7 advantage.

Miller received his second loss of the season in his seventh appearance with the Aces. Aaron Laffey tossed two innings of relief following Duncan's outing while giving up just one hit, a walk and struck out two.

The loss brings the Aces to a record of 61-43 on the season. Reno will square off against the Dodgers in game three tomorrow at 5:05 p.m. PT with lefty Anthony Banda tossing for the Aces in his first start back since being optioned after his start with Arizona. Reno returns to Greater Nevada Field Saturday, July 29 for a four-game set against the Memphis Redbirds. Tickets are on-sale now at www.renoaces.com or by calling (775) 334-4700. Follow the club all season long on Twitter (@Aces) or like the team on Facebook.?

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