Reno erased a 2-0 deficit with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth, knotting the game at two. Both teams would trade zeros over the next six innings until the 15th, when two walks and a single loaded the bases for Hallberg with two outs in the frame. Hallberg would induce a full-count base on balls, forcing home Ryan Langerhans with the go-ahead run. In the home half of the 15th, though, Jarrett Hoffpauir hit a game-tying RBI double, and Eric Patterson ended the proceedings with a walk-off single to center.
With the loss for first-place Reno—coupled with a loss by second-place Tacoma earlier in the night—the Aces’ magic number is cut to two. Holding the end-of-season tiebreaker, the Aces are one win or one Rainiers loss away from guaranteeing at least a share of the division crown. Any combination of two Aces wins or Rainiers losses will give Reno its first outright division title.
Aces starter Gaby Hernandez did not figure into the decision, despite dealing one of his most dominant outings of the season. Hernandez allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings of work. He walked two and struck out six. Out of the Aces bullpen, Major League rehabber Alberto Castillo, Sam Demel and Ryan Cook each threw a scoreless frame. Jeff Bennett came on and delivered four shutout innings before Kam Mickolio (3-4) surrendered the tying and game-winning runs in the 15th.
Padres starter Jon Leicester took a hard-luck no decision, holding the Aces to a run on two hits over six innings of work. Tucson’s sixth pitcher of the night—Aaron Poreda (3-3)—allowed a run over the game’s final three frames to earn the victory.
At the plate for Reno, Evan Frey singled twice, drove in a run and drew a pair of walks. Cole Gillespie pushed his hitting streak to 10-straight games with a pair of singles.
The series finale between Reno and Tucson is set for Sunday night at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. RHP Wes Roemer (0-0, 2.84 ERA) gets the nod for the Aces, while the Padres will counter with RHP Matt Buschmann (5-5, 8.00 ERA). First pitch is set for 7 p.m.