RENO, Nev.— Cody Ransom and Andy Tracy hit back-to-back home runs for the second-straight game, but an early 11-run deficit was too much for Reno to overcome, as it fell to Salt Lake, 14-10, Saturday night at Aces Ballpark.
The back-to-back homers by Ransom and Tracy marked the third time in nine days that the veteran duo has homered in consecutive at-bats. Ransom's homer—his league-leading 23rd of the season—cleared the 20-foot wall in left center, while Tracy's reached the right field berm.
But Salt Lake's 11-run outburst over the first four frames was too much for Reno, as the Aces’ late-inning comeback bid fell short. The Aces scored seven times in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to cut the lead to 13-9, but that was as close as Reno would get. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak, and was just the Aces' third defeat in its last 12 games.
Gaby Hernandez (2-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing 11 runs on 14 hits in four innings. The Aces bullpen kept it close, holding Salt Lake to three runs on seven hits over the game's final five frames.
Bear Bay (6-4) earned the victory for Salt Lake, holding the Reno offense to five earned runs in 6.1 innings.
Seven Aces hitters finished with a pair of base hits Saturday, with Ransom and Collin Cowgill each going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Tony Abreu extended his career- and franchise-high hitting streak to 21 games with an eighth-inning RBI single.
The first-place Aces conclude the season series with Salt Lake Sunday night in a special Independence Day celebration presented by KTVN Channel 2 News, with Reno RHP Armando Galarraga (0-1, 11.00 ERA) set to face Bees RHP Jerome Williams (2-0, 3.14 ERA). First pitch is at 6:35 p.m.—with gates opening early at 5:05 p.m.—and there will be an extended fireworks display following the game.