Reno, Nev.— Alex Romero’s three hits were not enough to lead Reno to victory Wednesday afternoon, as the Aces fell 14-6 to the Oklahoma City RedHawks at Aces Ballpark.
The RedHawks jumped on Reno early and never let up in a lopsided affair on the first of back-to-back Reno Aces Education Days. Thousands of schoolchildren saw five Aces pitchers walk 10 batters collectively, leading to the end of the Aces season-long five-game winning streak. With the win, the RedHawks snapped their own five-game losing streak.
With the Aces trailing 7-0 in the fourth inning, Romero hit an RBI single followed by a Chris Roberson 2-run triple. An Abraham Nunez RBI fielder’s choice cut the RedHawks lead to 7-4, but that is as close as Reno would get in the longest game in Aces Ballpark history.
Seth Etherton (4-4) took the loss for the Aces, allowing seven earned runs in 3.2 innings of work. The lone bright spots out of the Aces bullpen on Wednesday were Jose Marte and Jason Urquidez, who combined to allow only one run while striking out five over the game’s final 3.1 innings.
Elizardo Ramirez (2-4) earned the victory for Oklahoma City in a spot-start, after scheduled starter Luis Mendoza was scratched due to a bout with strep throat.
Reno can still salvage its second-straight series win Thursday afternoon, as RHP Hector Ambriz (0-2, 4.84 ERA) squares off against RHP Josh Rupe (0-1, 5.56 ERA) of Oklahoma City. Thursday morning’s game will be another Education Day, with first pitch scheduled for 11:35 am.