NEW ORLEANS — Brian Bogusevic’s lead-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the New Orleans Zephyrs a walk-off, 3-2 win over the Reno Aces Monday night in New Orleans.
However, it was the way the play unraveled that cost Reno the game. Aces’ reliever Kevin Munson delivered a 1-1 pitch that Bogusevic hit to deep left-field and off the glove of left-fielder Zach Borenstein. The ball caromed all the way over the wall for a game-winning solo home run.
It was Borenstein who gave the Aces a chance earlier in the game. One night after Mike Jacobs broke up a no-hit bid by New Orleans left-hander Andrew Heaney in the eighth inning, two Zephyrs pitchers held the Aces without a hit through seven frames.
Trailing 2-0 in the eighth, right-fielder Brett Jackson broke up the no-hitter with an infield single with one out. On the very next pitch, Borenstein launched a two-run homer off Chaz Roe to even the game at 2-2.
Exactly two years ago to the day, Aces’ outfielder Adam Eaton broke up a no-hit bid by the Tacoma Rainiers with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 2-0 Reno loss.
Reno’s offense stalled after Borenstein’s home run, getting one base runner the rest of the way, a two-out walk to Mike Freeman in the top of the 11th.
It paved the way for Bogusevic’s game-winning shot, his fifth home run of the season. Munson was tagged with the loss, his third of the year as the Aces dropped to 70-60.
Playing with the best road record in the Pacific Coast League, the Aces have dropped back-to-back road games for the first time since July 11 and 12 in Sacramento.
The two teams meet Tuesday night in the series finale as the Aces try to salvage a series split. Left-hander Andrew Chafin (4-5, 5.40) starts for Reno against left-hander Brian Flynn (7-9, 4.12). First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 PST.