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Third-inning rally propels Aces
by Aaron Retherford
May 28, 2009 | 552 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Oklahoma City took its best shot at Reno in the third inning of Thursday's day game in front of a crowd of 6,629 at Aces' Ballpark.

But the Aces brushed off a grand slam and delivered the knock out blow with seven runs in the bottom half of the inning in the home team's 7-6 win to end an eight-game homestand with back-to-back series wins.

Reno had twice as many hits as the RedHawks, but walks and errors almost proved costly. In the top of the third after an infield hit by Greg Golson from the No. 9 hole, a pair of two-out walks loaded the bases for cleanup hitter Nate Gold, who hit a laser off the Reno Bighorns signage in left field.

Aces starting pitcher Hector Ambriz only gave up those two hits in his six innings of work, but all four runs were earned. Ambriz walked five RedHawks and only threw 57 of 102 pitches for strikes, while recording five strikeouts.

However, he did pick up his first win with Reno after the floodgates opened in the bottom of the third.

Abraham Nunez and Brandon Watson initiated the seven-run rally with singles to left field and right field respectively.

Oklahoma City starter Josh Rupe walked Ruben Gotay to load the bases. While Alex Romero did not hit a grand slam, Reno's doubles machine knocked in a pair of runs with a two-bagger down the first-base line, extending his doubles streak to five straight games. He had already pushed his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the first and finished the game with three base knocks.

Josh Whitesell's sac fly was the first out of the inning, but it made the score 4-3.

The next four batters reached safely for Reno. Trent Oeltjen's single up the middle knotted the game at fours, and the Aces took the lead for good on Chris Roberson's two-run triple and Bryan Byrne's RBI single.

Despite committing an error in each of the middle three frames, Reno still held a 7-4 edge heading into the seventh when Oklahoma City cut the deficit to 7-5 on Estaban German's double down the left-field line.

The RedHawks tallied their final run of the game thanks to an infield single by Julio Borbon, but Bobby Korecky induced an inning-ending double play to get out of the jam in the eighth. Korecky worked 1 2-3 innings for his sixth save of the year.

Reno (21-26) left for Salt Lake City after the game for a five-game set with the Bees. First pitch today is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. PDT. Cesar Valdez (2-4, 5.08 ERA) will take the ball for the Aces and Salt Lake will counter with David Austen (1-1, 1.64 ERA)
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