ROUND ROCK, Texas—Cole Gillespie’s bloop single in the top of the 12th inning chased home two runs and lifted the Reno Aces to a 5-4 victory over the Round Rock Express Saturday night at Dell Diamond.
With the game knotted at 3-3, Gillespie came to the plate with two on and two out in the 12th. With the count full, Gillespie hit a flare to shallow centerfield that dropped in, allowing Sean Coughlin and Pedro Ciriaco to score. In the home half of the frame, Daniel Stange allowed a run, but no more, slamming the door on his second-straight save.
Before Gillespie’s heroics in the 12th, the Aces needed a Jeff Bailey sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to erase a late one-run deficit. The two clubs would go silent from that point on until the decisive 12th inning.
Aces starter Bryan Augenstein worked seven effective innings, surrendering three runs—two earned—on five hits. Augenstein struck out six and didn’t issue a walk. Jason Urquidez worked two scoreless frames, and TJ Beam (1-2) collected the win after holding Round Rock silent in the 10th and 11th innings.
Round Rock starter Sergio Perez matched Augenstein’s quality start with seven innings of two-run baseball. Perez walked five and struck out five. The loss fell to Roy Corcoran (1-7), who surrendered Gillespie’s go-ahead single in the 12th.
Ciriaco led the way for Reno offensively, hitting his fourth home run of the season in the third inning. The Aces shortstop finished 3-for-6 with three runs scored and two driven in.
The series comes to a close on Sunday afternoon. RHP Kevin Mulvey (0-3, 4.38 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while Round Rock will counter with LHP Andy Van Hekken (2-3, 4.40 ERA). First pitch from Dell Diamond in Round Rock is set for 12:05 p.m. PT, and all the action can be heard live in Reno on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM or by visiting www.RenoAces.com.
The Aces return home Friday, May 28, for a 7:05 p.m. contest against Sacramento. That game kicks-off a jam-packed four-game homestand at Aces Ballpark.
Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.