RENO, Nev. — A late rally by the Reno Aces came up short in a 8-5 loss to the Salt Lake Bees Saturday night at Aces Ballpark.
Getting an early lead has been a challenge for the Aces in the early going of 2014. In their last 13 games, the opponent has scored first 12 times, and Salt Lake did just that in the first inning. Top-prospect Archie Bradley walked Matt Long to start the game, and it proved costly three batters later when Efren Navarro laced a single to right to score Long.
Salt Lake added two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, and another in the sixth to stretch its lead to 6-0 before Reno could get on the board.
In the bottom of the sixth, however, the Aces began mounting a comeback when Alfredo Marte drove home Didi Gregorius on a line drive double to left field. In the next at-bat, Nick Evans launched a two-run homer over the left-field wall to cut the Bees’ lead to three.
Evans’ home run was his sixth in his last eight games.
Salt Lake answered back in the top of the ninth with a pair of runs to push the lead back up to five.
The Aces scored two of their own in the bottom of the ninth, but Gregorius struck out with a runner on first to end the game.
Jeremy Berg worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn his first win of the season. Archie Bradley struggled, giving up five runs on seven hits through four innings for his fourth-straight loss.
The Aces and Bees close out their four-game set tomorrow with a matinee at Aces Ballpark. RHP Bo Schultz (2-2, 2.92) gets the start for Reno, looking to build on his strong outing against the Fresno Grizzlies on Tuesday. Right-hander Matt Shoemaker (0-0, 7.71) gets the nod for Salt Lake.
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