LAS VEGAS, Nev.— After taking a tie game into the bottom of the ninth Saturday night, Las Vegas used a lead-off single, a pair of wild pitches and base hit up the middle to chase home the game-winning run for a 5-4 victory over the Reno Aces at Cashman Field.
A true back-and-forth affair saw Reno hold onto a slim lead through much of the evening. The 51s finally drew even in the sixth, pushing across a run on a throwing error by Brandon Allen. The game would remain tied at 4-4 until the ninth when Jason Lane finished the proceedings with his walk-off single to center off Jason Urquidez.
Aces starter Zach Kroenke worked 4.1 innings, allowing three runs—two earned—on nine hits. Jordan Norberto allowed the unearned, game-tying run in the sixth, before Kam Mickolio came on and worked two-scoreless frames. Urquidez (3-4) was pinned with the loss, not recording an out in the ninth.
The win went to 51s reliever Winston Abreu (5-3), who dealt a scoreless eighth and ninth inning in relief of starter Brett Cecil.
At the plate for Reno, Mark Hallberg drove in two, while Konrad Schmidt collected two hits and two runs scored. The Aces struck out 14 times on the night.
The Silver State Diamond Challenge continues with a Father’s Day matinee at Cashman Field. RHP Matt Torra (4-2, 4.96 ERA) toes the slab for the Aces, while RHP Kyle Drabek (0-0, No ERA) gets the nod for Las Vegas. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. PT.