Aces can’t hold ninth-inning lead
RENO – Reno took a slim one-run lead into the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon, but Salt Lake rallied for a game-tying run in the frame and three more in the 10th to knock off the Aces 8-7 at Aces Ballpark.
With the game knotted at 4 in the seventh, Cole Gillespie tripled down the left-field line, chasing home Tony Abreu with the go-ahead run. The score stayed that way until Salt Lake’s Cory Aldridge reached safely on a two-out infield single to second in the ninth inning, allowing the tying run to cross for Salt Lake.
In the top of the 10th, the Bees used an RBI single by Gary Patchett and a two-run home run by Peter Bourjos to jump ahead by three runs. In the bottom of the 10th, Jeff Bailey smashed a solo home run and Yunesky Sanchez rapped an RBI single to pull the Aces to within one, but Reno left men on first and second as Ed Rogers grounded out to end the game.
Aces’ starter Kevin Mulvey did not figure into the decision, scattering four runs on seven hits over six innings. The loss fell to Luis Ayala (1-5), who surrendered the tying run in the ninth and the go-ahead run in the 10th.
The victory went to Michael Kohn (2-0), who held Reno silent over the eighth and ninth innings. Amalio Diaz came on in the bottom of the 10th and bent but didn’t break, earning his first save of the season.
Abreu, Gillespie and Jeff Bailey all recorded a multihit effort on the day for Reno. John Hester, optioned back to Reno by the Diamondbacks on Saturday, returned to the Aces’ lineup with a double and a run scored.
The Aces now hit the road for a pair of four-game series in Sacramento and Fresno, respectively. First up is a Monday night matchup with the River Cats.