RENO, Nev.— Cole Gillespie's towering three-run homer in the second gave Reno an early lead, but the Aces couldn't hold on, dropping the series finale to Sacramento 11-8 Monday afternoon at Aces Ballpark.
Down 1-0 in the second, the Aces put up five runs to take a commanding early lead. Gillespie's blast capped a five-run rally that began with a Sean Coughlin sacrifice fly and a Doug Deeds RBI-single to left. Reno would add three more in the fifth to take an 8-3 lead, but the River Cats would hit five home runs on the day to hand the Aces their first series sweep of the season and sixth-straight loss overall.
Wes Roemer started for Reno, tossing 5.1 innings and allowing seven runs. T.J. Beam pitched through the seventh, before Daniel Stange (4-2) took the loss for Reno, allowing four runs in two innings of relief.
Sam Demel (2-0) earned the win in relief for Sacramento, throwing a perfect two frames. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save of the season and second of the series.
Gillespie finished 1-for-3 with two walks for Reno, while Deeds was the only Ace to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 and raising his average to .305 for the season. The Aces drew 11 walks on the afternoon, in addition to six hits, but only went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The Aces hit the road for a four-game set in Colorado Springs beginning Tuesday evening. Reno will send RHP Bryan Augenstein (2-6, 6.12 ERA) to the hill to face Colorado Springs RHP Alan Johnson (4-1, 2.15 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. from Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, 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 to the Biggest Little City Saturday night at 7:05, as they play host to the Salt Lake Bees for four games. 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.