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Ninth-inning Nashville rally dooms Aces
by Aaron Retherford
Aug 08, 2011 | 658 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All evening, the Reno Aces looked like they put up all the offense they would need with a four-run rally in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game with the Nashville Sounds.

But with one swing of the bat, Nashville’s Eric Farris came through in the clutch, driving in the tying run with a single in the top of the ninth inning. Then with another swing of the bat, Taylor Green dropped a two-run bomb to right field, giving the visitors their first and only lead in the 6-4 victory at Aces Ballpark in front of a crowd of 4,318.

The comeback win gave the Sounds a two games to none series lead over the first-place Reno squad.

Nashville Sounds starting pitcher Sam Narron got into trouble in the bottom of second inning when he gave up a leadoff hit to Cole Gillespie and walked Konrad Schmidt.

Lucas May followed with a double to center field, plating Gillespie from second base for the game’s first run.

A sacrifice fly by Angel Berroa allowed Schmidt to score and May advanced to third base. With two outs, Reno pitcher Barry Enright helped his cause with an RBI double to right, making it a 3-0 game.

Back-to-back singles by Evan Frey and Mark Hallberg brought in Enright, capping the four-run rally.

Nashville got a run back in the top of the third on a Farris sac fly, cutting the deficit to 4-1.

In the top of the fourth with two outs and one runner on, Martin Maldonado watched two pitches go by for strikes and then blasted a two-run homer to right field, closing the gap to 4-3.

The score remained that way for the next four innings until the Sounds staged a ninth-inning comeback.

Kam Mickolio and Esmerling Vasquez kept the Sounds off the scoreboard, each pitching a scoreless inning of relief to earn holds.

However, Sam Demel couldn’t close the door in the ninth for a save and took the loss instead.

After Nashville went ahead 6-4, Demel gave up a single to Mat Gamel, a walk to Edwin Maysonet and hit Maldonado with a pitch, loading the bases with two outs. Demel induced an inning-ending groundout, dodging a bigger bullet.

But the Aces couldn’t get to Nashville’s Randy Flores for more than a two-out single, who picked up his first save of the season. Nashville improved to 58-59 on the season, while the Aces fell to 66-50.

Enright did his best to let the Aces come out on the right side of the scoreboard, allowing three runs on six hits, while walking four and striking out four. He did not factor in the decision.

Hallberg had three hits to lead the Aces’ 11-hit attack. Frey, Gillespie and Michael Restovich added two hits apiece in the loss.

Game 3 of the four-game set is scheduled today at 7:05 p.m. with Aces lefty Tom Layne (8-6, 6.98 ERA) set to take on Sounds right-hander Mike Fiers (3-0, 2.25 ERA).
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