RENO, Nev.— In their return home, the Aces were shut down by the Oklahoma City RedHawks as they fell, 4-2, in the series opener at Aces Ballpark.
Trevor Cahill made his first start of the year for the Aces and breezed through the first, striking out the side in the process. It looked as if he was going to get early run support when Reno put runners at second and third with nobody out. However, they failed to push any runs across.
Oklahoma City made noise in the second as Marc Krauss reached on an error by first baseman Nick Evans to start the inning. After Cahill struck out Matt Duffy, he allowed back-to-back singles, the second plating a run to give the RedHawks a 1-0 lead. The next batter, Carlos Perez, launched a three-run homer to left to open up a 4-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City starter Rudy Owens was dialed in against the Aces’ lineup. He retired nine straight before he received some help in the fourth. Danny Dorn and Aaron Cunningham collected back-to-back two-out singles to bring up Bobby Wilson. He lined a fly ball down the right-field line that was snared by Preston Tucker on a diving play.
Reno finally got on the board in the seventh inning. With two on and two outs and a full count, Nick Evans drilled a double over the third base bag to score Wilson and Tyler Bortnick.
The Aces threatened in the ninth inning after Blake Lalli walked and Bortnick singled to lead off the frame. Jason Stoffel buckled down from there, though, to retire the top of the Aces’ order and secure the win for Oklahoma City.
Bortnick finished with three hits on the night for the first time this season. He’s now hit safely in three-straight games. Evans went 1-for-4 with two RBI in his first game with Reno since May 27.
The teams will meet tomorrow night for game two of the series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Southpaw Andrew Chafin (1-1, 5.81) will get the start for Reno, and Oklahoma City will counter with right-hander Asher Wojciechowski (0-0, 2.25).