Cowgill hits for cycle, Aces walk-off with 8-7 win over Bees
June 8, 2011
RENO, Nev.- Collin Cowgill hit for the cycle and his run-scoring ground ball to short in the bottom of the 10th inning sealed a walk-off victory for Reno Tuesday, as the Aces came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Salt Lake Bees, 8-7, at Aces Ballpark.
Cowgill doubled in the first, singled in the third and fifth, homered in the sixth and tripled in the eighth to hit for the second cycle in Reno Aces history and just the third in the Pacific Coast League this season. He also ended the game with a ground ball to short in the 10th inning that was misplayed by Bees shortstop Andrew Romine, allowing Mark Hallberg to score the game-winning run.
Reno trailed 7-0 after three innings before chipping away at the lead with two runs in the fourth and four more in the sixth. The Aces tied the game in the eighth on Cowgill’s RBI triple before ending the game on the error in the 10th. The comeback win marked the Aces’ biggest comeback victory in franchise history.
Aces starter Tom Layne took a no decision, allowing seven early runs before settling down to give Reno 6.2 innings of work. Three Aces relievers combined to toss 3.1 shutout innings, with Bryan Shaw (1-0) hurling the final two frames to earn his first-career Triple-A victory. Eric Junge started for Salt Lake but did not figure in the decision, surrendering six runs in six innings. Bobby Cassevah (1-3) took the loss after giving up one unearned run in the 10th.
In addition to Cowgill’s heroics, Cole Gillespie and Cody Ransom finished with two hits apiece. Mark Hallberg and Kyle Green combined to go four-for-eight out of the bottom two spots in the order, with Hallberg starting the game-winning rally with an opposite-field double in the 10th.
The Aces will enjoy a day off Wednesday before hitting the road for a four-game set against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Security Service Field. In Thursday’s series opener, Reno RHP Matt Torra (4-0, 4.64 ERA) will square off against Sky Sox RHP Esmil Rogers (0-0, No ERA), on a Major League rehab assignment. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT, and all the action can be heard in Northern Nevada on Fox Sports Radio 630 AM or online at RenoAces.com.
The Aces return home Monday, June 13 for a four game series against the Tucson Padres, with the series opener set for 7:05 p.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased at the Aces Ballpark Box Office, online at http://www.RenoAces.com or by phone at (775) 334-7000. A variety of partial season ticket plans as well as prorated full-season tickets are available today.