The Reno Aces closed out a four-game series with the El Paso Chihuahuas Sunday afternoon at Aces Ballpark.
After winning the series opener Thursday (12-2), losing Friday’s game (6-4) and winning Saturday (6-4), Reno was looking to extend its series win-streak to seven going into Sunday’s finale.
Reno went on to lose 10-7 thanks in part to two 2-run home runs by El Paso’s Brooks Conrad and Cody Decker in the eighth inning.
Reno tied the game at two in the second inning off an RBI single from Nick Ahmed, but El Paso answered quickly and regained the lead in the fourth.
Reno jumped ahead in the second half of the inning off another RBI single by Ahmed that tied the game at three. Mike Jacobs then reached base on a fielding error by El Paso’s defense that scored Tyler Bortnick. With the next batter, Andy Marte, at the plate, El Paso’s catcher Adam Moore tried to pick-off Ahmed at third base. The throw got past third baseman Alex Castellanos allowing Ahmed to score to take a 5-3 lead.
El Paso again answered with three in the fifth taking a 6-5 lead.
Roger Keishnick and Marte both had solo homers in the sixth and eighth innings, but the Chihuahuas held on and the game ended 10-7.
“It was just one of those crazy days in Reno. You know you’re going to have a lot of runs scored, probably going to be here for a while. We got to do a better job at throwing strikes. Overall, we battled the entire game,” said manager Phil Nevin. “Some strange plays happened there, but all in all that was a heck of a run we went on as far as winning series.”
Reno managed 13 hits leaving 24 men on base with nine in scoring position in a game that lasted just under four hours. Ahmed and Marte led the team with two RBIs each on three hits. Aces pitcher Eury De La Rose recorded the loss and moves to 0-3 on the season. Starting pitcher Andrew Chafin is left with a no decision.
The Aces record now stands at 37-26 and are tied for first place in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Northern division with the Sacramento River Cats.
“We just have to take care of business each day and, you know, there will be times when of course you’re going to look at (standings). We have the most wins in the league and a couple days ago we had the second most wins in the league and, at that time, we wouldn’t have even made the playoffs because of the way the divisions match up,” Nevin said.
The Aces travel to Tennessee for an eight-game road trip against the Nashville Sounds and the Memphis Redbirds before returning home on June 17 to face the Oklahoma City Redhawks.