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Tucson gets by first-place Reno, 4-3
by Aaron Retherford
Jun 14, 2011 | 718 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It was going to take a lot to match Monday night’s series-opening offensive output after the Reno Aces put up 15 runs on 14 hits in a win over the Tucson Padres.

While the Aces couldn’t match that on 50-cent hot dog night at Aces Ballpark, the 6.346 in attendance were treated to, well, just the 50-cent hot dogs.

The Padres tied the series at one game apiece by coming back to grab an early lead against the Aces and shutting down the home team’s high-powered offense in a 4-3 triumph.

It appeared as if another slugfest was in the cards as it didn’t take long for Reno to erase the goose egg off the scoreboard. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Tony Abreu launched a solo shot to right field.

Tucson played a little home run derby of its own in the top of the second inning to take the lead. After Kyle Blanks doubled to center, Jarrett Hoffpauir lifted a high fly ball over the left-field wall for a two-run home run, making it a 2-1 game.

The Padres lead was short-lived. In the bottom half of the second, Kyle Greene drew a one-out walk and went first to third on Mark Hallberg’s line drive single to right field.

With Reno pitcher Matt Torra coming to the plate, the Aces had to use a little creativity to get the run in. Torra dropped down a bunt, allowing Greene to come home for the game-tying run.

The see-saw battle didn’t stop there.

With two outs in the bottom of the third, Cody Ransom singled and scored when Konrad Schmidt singled to center field. A throwing error on the play led to the go-ahead run for the Aces, who reclaimed a 3-2 edge.

With one swing of the bat in the top of the fourth, Matt Clark forged the Padres back into a tie with a leadoff homer to right field.

Blanks followed with his second double, advancing to third on a deep fly ball to center field. A second straight fly ball to center plated Blanks from third for a 4-3 Tucson lead and the final run of the game.

Blanks was 2-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the visiting team at the plate. Martinez also was 2-for-3 in the win.

After giving up single runs in each of the first three innings, Tucson starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner did not allow a run in his last three innings on the mound. He wasn’t dominant, scattering seven hits, walking four and striking out two. But only two runs were earned as he picked up the win.

Hefner watched Samuel Deduno throw two scoreless innings of relief to earn the hold, while Luis Perdomo pitched a perfect ninth to record his sixth save of the season. Reno only managed three hits after the third inning, two off Hefner and one against Deduno.

Torra suffered the tough-luck loss, allowing four runs on six hits in seven innings of work. He walked two and struck out three.

For the Aces, Wily Mo Pena and Schmidt both went 2-for-4 on the night.

Game 3 of the four-game set is scheduled tonight at 7:05 p.m. For Reno, right-hander Gaby Hernandez (0-0, No ERA) is scheduled to go up against righty Will Inman (1-6, 5.74 ERA).
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