The Reno Aces dropped a pair of seven-inning games Wednesday, falling in a doubleheader to the Salt Lake City Bees, 9-4 and 5-3.
The Aces (3-4) took leads in both games, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first game and 2-0 in the second game. The Bee (5-2) used the big inning to beat the Aces. They scored six runs in the second inning of Game 1 and three in the fourth inning of Game 2.
Former Nevada Wolf Pack pitcher Eddie Bonine started for the Aces in the second game and lasted 3.1 innings. The veteran right-hander allowed just two hits, two walks and a run despite tossing three wild pitches.
Bonine took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
The Aces took a 1-0 lead in the second on a single and stolen base by Brad Snyder and a RBI single by catcher Ed Easley. Bonine and the Aces went ahead 2-0 in the third as Chris Owings singled and stole second and went to third on a single by Kila Ka’aihue. Owings then scored on a double play grounder by Matt Davidson.
The Aces, though, tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth. Taylor Harbin doubled and scored on a double by Easley. Easley had two hits and two RBI and is now hitting .727 this season.
The Bees won the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth off Aces reliever Joe Paterson (1-1). Tommy Field singled with one out for the Bees. North Valleys High graduate Scott Cousins then dribbled a two-out single to Paterson, who promptly threw the ball away for an error, allowing Field to go to third. Luis Rodriguez then broke the 3-3 tie with a double, scoring Field and Cousins.
The Aces, though, nearly rallied n the top of the seventh off Bees reliever Michael Kohn. Davidson singled and Snyder doubled with two outs. Davidson, though, was thrown out trying to score on Snyder’s double on a throw from left fielder Roberto Lopez to shortstop Field to catcher Luke Carlin.
In the first game, the Aces jumped all over Bees starter Barry Enright in the top of the first inning for four runs and three hits. Didi Gregorius walked and scored, Owings singled, Ka’aihue drove in a run with a single and Snyder hit a three-run homer for the Aces for the quick 4-0 lead..
That was the end of the Aces scoring.
The Bees scored three runs in the first inning off Aces starter Randall Delgado and six more in the second off Delgado and reliever Warner Madrigal to take a 9-4 lead. Delgado lasted just 1.2 innings and allowed five hits, five walks and eight runs.