RENO, Nev.—Newcomer Josh Bell homered twice and drove in five runs Tuesday afternoon, but the Reno Aces let a late lead slip away in a 12-10 loss to the Sacramento River Cats in the series finale at Aces Ballpark.
After trailing 6-2 early on, Reno dug itself out of the deficit with two runs in the fifth and three more in the seventh to take a 7-6 lead. In the eighth, though, Sacramento rallied for six runs to build a lead that would stand up.
Mike DeMark (0-2), who was responsible for the first three Sacramento runs in the eighth, took the loss for Reno. Conrad Flynn allowed six runs—five earned—over three innings in a spot start, and Victor Capellan worked three hitless frames out of the bullpen. Flynn and Capellan were transferred to Reno from Extended Spring Training earlier in the day.
The win went to River Cats reliever Justin Souza (2-1), who surrendered three runs over two innings of work.
In addition to Bell’s two-home effort, Adam Eaton added four hits and four runs scored for the Aces.
After an off day on Wednesday, the Aces will head to Salt Lake for a four-game set with the Bees. In Thursday’s opener, RHP Barry Enright (1-1, 1.83 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while RHP Garrett Richards (3-0, 1.68 ERA) counters for Salt Lake. First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m. PT at Spring Mobile Ballpark.