RedHawks Beat Aces in Slugfest

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RENO, Nev.— A fast start by the Oklahoma City RedHawks propelled them to a 12-8 win over the Reno Aces Friday night at Aces Ballpark. For the third consecutive game, the RedHawks eclipsed 14 hits.

Oklahoma City started the game with three consecutive hits off Zeke Spruill to jump out to a 2-0 lead. After Spruill retired Domingo Santana and Preston Tucker, L.J. Hoes came through with a two-out single to make it 3-0.

Reno answered quickly with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Mike Jacobs rifled an opposite-field two-run single that scored Alfredo Marte and Nick Evans.

The RedHawks rallied for four more runs in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run double by back-to-back run-scoring doubles by Marc Krauss and Santana.

The 7-2 lead didn’t last long as the Aces notched a single tally in the second on Nick Ahmed’s RBI single, then got a two-run homer from Danny Dorn to cut the lead to 7-5.

After the teams exchanged runs in the fifth inning, Oklahoma City plated a pair in the sixth to up their lead to 10-6.

With two outs and a runner on in the top of the seventh, Krauss hit a towering fly ball down the left field line that Aaron Cunningham dropped on the run. It was ruled a fair ball and Kiké Hernandez scored from first. After a discussion with home plate umpire Spencer Flynn, Aces Manager Phil Nevin was ejected.

Reno added a single run in the seventh and eighth innings, thanks to RBI singles by Blake Lalli and Evans.

In the top of the eighth, it appeared as if Oklahoma City had scored on a close play at the plate, but Lalli applied the tag to RedHawks catcher Max Stassi and he was called out. Both Stassi and manager Tony DeFrancesco were ejected for arguing the call.

The RedHawks capped the scoring in the ninth inning on a solo home run by Hernandez.

Oklahoma City finished with 17 hits in the game, and was 8-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

Evans led the way offensively for Reno, collecting three hits and scoring three times while driving in one. Jacobs and Dorn each finished the night with two RBI.

Reno will open up a four-game series with Colorado Springs tomorrow night at Aces Ballpark, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The Aces will send Lucas Harrell (3-1, 4.94) to the mound, and the Sky Sox will counter with Brett Tomko (0-0, 3.86).