LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Missed opportunities plagued the Aces in a 6-4 loss to the Las Vegas 51s Monday night at Cashman Field.
Reno was 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and failed to push a run across with a runner at third and less than two outs on a number of occasions.
Starter Andrew Chafin struggled early as he threw 39 pitches in the first inning. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Josh Satin walked and came around to score when Andrew Brown belted his 13th home run of the year.
Bobby Wilson brought the Aces within a run in the second with a sacrifice fly, then Alfredo Marte singled home Nick Ahmed in the third to knot the game at 2-2.
Chafin held the 51s off the scoreboard in the second and third innings but trouble resurfaced in the fourth. His counterpart, Logan Verrett, gave Las Vegas a 3-2 lead with a run-scoring single up the middle. Two batters later, Satin singled to push Las Vegas’ lead to 4-2.
Mark Serrano relieved Chafin in the fifth and promptly struck out the first two batters he faced. With two outs, Brandon Allen singled and Daniel Muno launched a two-run homer to make it 6-2.
The Aces looked like they were going to put together a big inning in sixth. Roger Kieschnick singled to start the frame and advanced to third on Alfredo Marte’s double. Mike Jacobs followed with another double, driving in Kieschnick to make it 6-3.
Reno had runners at second and third with nobody out, but failed to score any more runs in the inning. Andy Marte struck out swinging for the first out in the frame, then Danny Dorn went down looking for out number two. Wilson then struck out swinging to end the inning.
Tony Campana had a pinch-hit triple in the seventh and scored on Ahmed’s groundout to bring the Aces within a pair at 6-4. However, they would leave two more on in the inning.
They left runners in scoring position in the final four innings. They put two on with one out in the ninth against Miguel Socolovich but Alfredo Marte struck out and Jacobs grounded out to end the game.
In the series finale, Reno will send right-hander Bo Schultz (3-4, 5.57) to the mound against Las Vegas right-hander Rafael Montero (4-1, 3.67). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.