Isotopes slip past Aces |

Isotopes slip past Aces

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RENO – Brandon Watson gave Reno a lift from the leadoff spot, knocking out three hits and driving in two, but Albuquerque snuck past Reno 5-4 Thursday night at Aces Ballpark.

Reno trailed 1-0 in the fourth inning when it exploded for four runs. After Ruben Gotay drew his league-leading 93rd walk of the season, Ed Rogers knocked him in with a line-drive double to right. Watson added a two-run double, and Chris Young capped the scoring for the Aces with an RBI groundout.

However, the four runs turned out to be all the Aces mustered on the evening, eventually giving up the lead for good in the top of the ninth inning. The Aces loaded the bases in their half of the ninth, but the rally was thwarted by a game-ending double play.

Cesar Valdez started for Reno for the first time since being activated from the disabled list, throwing two innings and allowing one earned run. Doug Slaten (3-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up the eventual game-winning run in the ninth.

Hyang-Nam Choi (9-1) earned the win for Albuquerque in relief, throwing a scoreless eighth inning. Scott Strickland preserved the win for the ‘Topes, earning his league-leading 29th save.

In addition to Watson’s offensive effort, Rogers and Young each added a hit and an RBI for the Aces.