Aces lengthy ninth-inning rally falls short |

Aces lengthy ninth-inning rally falls short

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Cole Gillespie hit his third home run of the season and the Aces mounted a furious ninth-inning rally, but ultimately fell 8-7 to Colorado Springs on Wednesday night at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

Colorado Springs put up runs in each of the first four innings and held on for the victory behind a strong start by Josh Muecke. Gillespie’s solo shot in the fourth was the only offense for Reno off the Sky Sox starter, as Muecke held Reno to just four hits in eight innings of work. The Aces made it interesting in the ninth, plating six runs off two Colorado Springs relievers and ultimately getting the tying run to third base, but Jeff Bailey flied out to end the game.

Kevin Mulvey (0-5) was tagged with the loss, as he was touched up for seven earned runs in just four innings, striking out four and walking three. Zach Kroenke had a strong outing out of the bullpen, hurling three scoreless frames, striking out four and allowing two hits.

Muecke (1-3) delivered his best performance of the season for the Sky Sox, earning his first win in dominant fashion despite recording just one strikeout. Juan Rincon and Alan Johnston allowed all six ninth-inning runs for Colorado Springs on two hits and six walks.

Gillespie finished with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored for the Aces, and Doug Deeds continued his hot hitting with a two-hit night of his own, raising his batting average to .319 on the season.

Game three of this four-game set is scheduled for Thursday night.