With the game knotted at 3-3 through six innings, Wily Mo Peña hit his 18th homer of the season in the seventh—a solo shot that put the Aces ahead, 4-3. But the Sky Sox would answer with three runs in the home half of the frame before exploding for seven more in the eighth to take a lead that would not be threatened.
Cowgill’s offensive tear continued in a big way Thursday. One game after hitting for the second cycle in franchise history and collecting a franchise-record-tying five hits, the Reno centerfielder went 4-for-5—pushing his hitting streak to a 17 games, a new Aces franchise high.
Cowgill was one of five Aces with a multi-hit effort on the evening. Tony Abreu notched three hits, while Brandon Allen doubled twice and drove in two.
Aces starter Matt Torra (4-1) suffered his first defeat of the season, surrendering six runs on nine hits over seven innings. Rafael Rodriguez and Josh Ellis combined to allow seven earned runs on six hits in the eighth inning.
The win went to Sky Sox reliever Sean White (3-0), who allowed a run in an inning of relief. Sky Sox starter Esmil Rogers—pitching on a Major League rehabilitation assignment—scattered a run on six hits over five innings with eight strikeouts.
The Aces and Sky Sox connect again on Friday night at Security Service Field. RHP Kevin Mulvey (3-4, 6.78 ERA) gets the nod for Reno while Colorado Springs will counter with RHP John Maine (1-1, 6.23 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT, and all the action can be heard in Northern Nevada on Fox Sports Radio 630 AM or online at RenoAces.com.
The Aces return home on Monday, June 13 to kick-off a four-game series with the Tucson Padres at Aces Ballpark. Tickets can be purchased at the Aces Ballpark Box Office, online at www.RenoAces.com or by phone at (775) 334-7000. Discounted group tickets for your next event are available today.