Aces Hold Off RedHawks 7-6, Finish Homestand With 6-2 Record

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Reno, Nev.— Alex Romero continued his torrid hitting, blasting three more hits as the Aces defeated the Oklahoma City Redhawks Thursday for the third time in four days, in front of 6,629 fans at Aces Ballpark.

After the RedHawks took a 4-0 lead in the top half of the third inning, Reno responded with seven runs in the bottom half of the frame. Eleven Aces hitters batted in the third, highlighted by a two-run double by Romero and a two-run triple by Chris Roberson. Josh Whitesell, Trent Oeltjen, and Bryan Byrne added RBIs in the third, as Reno took a 7-4 led and held on for the victory.

Hector Ambriz (1-2) picked up his first career Triple-A victory, giving the Aces bullpen some much-needed rest by going six-strong innings. Ambriz allowed four earned runs on only two base hits, while walking five and striking out five. Jon Coutlangus relieved Ambriz, before Bobby Korecky pitched the final 1.2 innings for his team-leading sixth save.

Oeltjen and Brandon Watson each chipped in two hits for the Aces, who ended their eight-game homestand with a 6-2 record and two series victories.

Josh Rupe (0-2) got the loss for Oklahoma City, allowing nine hits and all seven Reno runs in just three innings of work. The Aces could only muster three hits over the final five innings, but their seven-run third-inning explosion was enough for the win.

Friday, Reno heads on a 13-game, 12-day road trip to Salt Lake, Tacoma, and Portland. Friday’s game features Aces RHP Cesar Valdez (2-4, 5.08 ERA) taking the mound against Salt Lake RHP David Austen (1-1, 1.64 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT from Spring Mobile Ballpark. All the action can be heard live on Fox Sports 1450 AM.

The Aces return home on June 11 for a four-game set with Salt Lake and a three-game series with intrastate rival Las Vegas. June 11 will be a Coors Light Thursday night, with $2 Coors Lights until the fifth inning.

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