RENO, Nev. – There are not many ways to sugarcoat this afternoon’s game against El Paso. The Aces were defeated on Sunday afternoon by a score of 12-4. A seven-run fourth inning launched the Chihuahuas into cruise control. El Paso left fielder, Josh Naylor, had the loudest hit of the inning - a deep three-run home run to right center field in the top off of reliever Marc Rzepczynski. The lefty finished the day with three hits, three RBI, and two runs scored.
In total, six El Paso hitters had multi-hit games. Right fielder, Jose Pirela, was 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored. Pirela is now 7-for-11 in the first three games of the series with a home run, nine RBI, five runs scored and three doubles. Reno’s pitching staff allowed 15 total hits, three home runs, and walked seven. Aces starter Taylor Clarke departed after 3.2 innings of work allowing eight earned runs on seven hits and was tagged for his first loss of the season. Cody Decker tossed a scoreless 9th inning, lowering his Aces ERA to 1.80 over 5 innings of work. The Aces will turn to right-hander Taylor Widener in hopes of salvaging a win in the series finale.
Top Performers - Reno
• Cody Decker (2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1.0 IP, 0 ER)
• Abraham Almonte (1-for-4, R, BB, 2B)
• Kevin Cron (1-for-2, 2B, RBI, 3 BB)
Top Performers – El Paso
• Jerry Keel (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 K, 1 ER)
• Jose Pirela (2-for-3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI)
• Josh Naylor (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI)