Backed by a dominant start from Zach Kroenke, the Aces took a 4-1 lead into the eighth before Esmerling Vasquez surrendered two runs in the frame, cutting Reno’s advantage to 4-3.
In the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Cook came on for Reno and allowed a lead-off single to Oswaldo Navarro. A strikeout, wild pitch and groundout moved Navarro to third with two outs. With two strikes on Luis Durango, Cook threw a wild pitch, chasing home Navarro with the tying run. Cook then issued back-to-back walks before Robinson Cancel ended the proceedings with a game-winning single up the middle.
Kroenke took a hard-luck no decision, scattering a run on five hits with six strikeouts over seven innings of work. Cook (0-1) took the loss, surrendering the tying and game-winning runs in the ninth.
The win went to RedHawks reliever Fernando Abad (2-3), who retired the final two Aces batters in the top of the ninth. Oklahoma City starter J.A. Happ took a no decision, surrendering four runs—three earned—on six hits over five innings. Happ walked three and struck out five before three Oklahoma City relievers combined to hold Reno scoreless over the game’s final four frames.
At the plate for Reno, Ryan Langerhans led the way with two hits and two RBIs. Lucas May hit a two-run single, while an Angel Berroa double accounted for all of Reno’s extra-base hits on the night.
The Aces and RedHawks hit the second leg of this four-game set on Wednesday. RHP Gaby Hernandez (4-5, 6.82 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while Oklahoma City will counter with RHP Lucas Harrell (3-1, 2.67 ERA). First pitch from RedHawks Field at Bricktown is set for 5:05 p.m. PT, and all the action can be heard live on Fox Sports 630 AM or by visiting www.RenoAces.com.
The Aces return home on Saturday, Aug. 20 for a four-game series against Tacoma at Aces Ballpark.