Despite the loss, the Aces hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, remaining just one victory away from advancing to the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.
A Cole Gillespie home run in the second knotted the game at 1-1, then Andy Tracy hit a solo shot of his own in the fifth to tie the score at 2-2. But in the seventh, the River Cats touched-up Aces reliever Esmerling Vasquez for three runs—including a two-run homer off the bat of Chris Carter—that put Sacramento in the driver’s seat for good.
Reno starter Kevin Mulvey took a no decision, allowing just two runs on six hits over five frames. Vasquez (0-1) took the loss, surrendering three runs on three hits in two innings of work. Michael Bolsinger worked a scoreless inning in his first appearance of the postseason.
The win went to former Aces reliever Jordan Norberto (1-0), who worked two perfect frames in relief of starter Travis Banwart. Fernando Cabrera allowed the tying run to come to the plate in the ninth, but ultimately slammed the door on his first save of the postseason.
At the plate for Reno, Evan Frey singled twice, while Gillespie and Tracy accounted for Reno’s lone runs scored and RBIs in the game.
In Game Four, Reno will turn to RHP Gaby Hernandez, while the River Cats will counter with LHP Carlos Hernandez. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT at Raley Field.