The Reno Aces (5-9) scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to overcome a seven run deficit and to defeat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (7-6), 8-7, at Aces Ballpark.
Colorado Springs began to build their eventual seven run lead in the third inning when Corey Dickerson belted a home run to give the team the early lead. The streaking outfielder has now had a hit in 12 straight games and finished the game a triple away from hitting for the cycle.
In the fourth inning, catcher Dallas Tarleton doubled home outfielder Tim Wheeler for his first RBI of the season to make it 2-0. The team continued to add to their lead in the fifth when Dickerson led off the inning with a single. DJ LeMahieu advanced him to third when he hit a single of his own. Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to make it 4-0 Sky Sox.
Starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood, and relievers Josh Outman and Bobby Cassevah combined for six shutout innings to start the game. Chatwood only pitched four innings, but finished the day with six strikeouts and now has an ERA of 1.84 on the year.
The Sky Sox made it 7-0 in the seventh inning when Charlie Blackmon singled home DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado hit a two-run home run.
After pitching his eighth scoreless inning of the year, Cassevah allowed the first Aces run of the day in the bottom of the seventh when Chris Owings led off with a solo shot. Reno continued to chip away at the lead in the eighth when Evan Frey tripled home Tyler Bortnick. Bortnick crossed home the next at-bat later when Taylor Harbin grounded out to short. A Brad Snyder single later in the inning made it 7-4 Sky Sox heading into the ninth.
Pitcher Mike McClendon began the bottom of the ninth on the mound for Colorado Springs and quickly loaded the bases by allowing a single and issuing the team's ninth and 10th walks of the day. Harbin then singled on a ball to left field to get within one run.
A play later Owings grounded a ball towards LeMahieu who attempted to record the double play, but was ruled off the bag and the runners were ruled safe. With the bases loaded Matt Davidson hit the game winning two-run single to give the Aces the 2-0 series lead.
Tomorrow the Sky Sox will look to win their first game of the road series at 7:35 MT in a matchup between LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 5.06) and LHP Tyler Skaggs (1-1, 9.72).
Sky Sox Notes: Corey Dickerson continues his hot start to the season. With a double to lead off the game, Dickerson extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He finished the game with two singles, a double, and a home run…Nolan Arenado's streak of seven straight games with a double ended, but the top prospect did hit his third home run of the year. He now has an extra-base hit in all, but one game this season…Reliever Josh Outman pitched a scoreless fifth inning and struck out two, passing Pomeranz for the team lead in strikeouts with 14.