Corporan’s big offensive night not enough for Aces
RENO – Carlos Corporan fell just a home run short of a cycle Saturday night, but Reno fell 9-6 to Portland in front of 7,734 fans in the series opener at Aces Ballpark.
In a back-and-forth affair that saw the teams combine for 11 runs in the first three innings, Portland used a three-run eighth to break a 6-6 tie and secure the victory. Reno used a three-run third inning to take a 6-5 lead, but Portland answered with one in the fifth and three in the eighth, while its bullpen kept the Aces off the board over the game’s final six frames.
Wes Roemer tossed the first five innings for Reno, allowing six runs – four earned – while striking out three and walking five. Daniel Stange (4-3) suffered the loss for Reno after allowing all three eighth-inning runs.
Cesar Ramos (2-2) earned the win for the Beavers in relief of starter Cesar Carrillo, who allowed all six Aces’ runs over four innings of work. Ernesto Frieri shut the Aces down in the ninth to earn his 11th save.
Corporan finished 3 for 4 with a walk, one night after collecting four hits in Colorado Springs. Cole Gillespie belted his fourth home run of the season, a two-run first-inning blast, and Doug Deeds chipped in with his team-leading 22nd double of the season.