RENO, Nev.— Brooks Conrad hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning that proved to be the difference in the Chiahuahuas’ 10-7 win over Reno in the series finale Sunday afternoon. With the win, El Paso earned a series split and halted the Aces’ consecutive series win streak at six.
The game tilted back-and-forth on a number of occasions as the two teams combined for 28 hits and five errors. Both teams plated two runs in the second inning. With the Aces trailing 2-0, Andy Marte started the scoring for Reno with his ninth homer of the year. Later in the frame, Nick Ahmed rifled a double to the wall in center, scoring Tyler Bortnick who reached on a single.
The Chihuahuas regained the lead in the fourth only to see the Aces score three times in their half of the inning. They took advantage of two El Paso errors and got run-scoring hits from Ahmed and Mike Jacobs.
The lead didn’t last long as nine hitters came to the plate in the top of the fifth inning. After a one-out double by Alex Castellanos, Aces starter Andrew Chafin retired Cody Decker on a comebacker. Tyler Greene walked to put runners on the corners for pinch-hitter Rocky Gale who clubbed a base hit to right field, plating Castellanos. Right fielder Danny Dorn’s throw to third got away from Andy Marte, allowing Greene to race home. Rico Noel followed with an RBI-double to give the Chihuahuas a 6-5 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Roger Kieschnick evened things up at 6-6 with a solo homer to right-center, his ninth of the year.
Eury De La Rosa tossed a scoreless seventh inning for Reno, and Dennis O’Grady followed suit for El Paso.
De La Rosa walked the lead-off hitter in the eighth and then allowed Conrad’s blast. Jess Todd relieved De La Rosa and got the first two batters out before Castellanos singled and Decker put the game out of reach with the second two-run home run in the inning.
Andy Marte hit a solo shot in the eighth, his second of the game, but the offense stalled the rest of the way.
O’Grady got the win in relief for El Paso and De La Rosa was tagged with the loss. The last series the Aces didn’t win was when they split four games against Tacoma in early May.
Reno heads to Tennessee for an eight-game road trip set to begin Monday night in Nashville. Right-hander Bo Schultz (4-4, 5.61) gets the ball for the Aces against Sounds left-hander Brad Mills (4-1, 1.71). First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 PST.
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