Just when everyone thought the Aviators were grounded for the third consecutive game on Monday, Las Vegas rallied in the top of the ninth to beat the Aces 9-7 in the afternoon contest. Aces right-hander Stefan Crichton had Las Vegas down to their final strike when Seth Brown roped a two-out double scoring Jorge Mateo to cut the deficit to one.
Sheldon Neuse drove Brown in with a RBI-single the very next hitter and Beau Taylor followed immediately with a two-run home run.
Aces starter Matt Koch lasted just one inning giving up one run before being replaced by Bradin Hagens. More information will follow on Koch’s status. Mark Payton got to Hagens in the top of the third with an RBI-single up the middle and Sheldon Neuse added a two-run single to make it a 4-0 ballgame. Reno responded with three in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a Tyler Heineman two-run double. Heineman’s double scored two, but a wild throw back to the infield got into the home dugout allowing Heineman to score. The Aviators extended their lead to 5-3 with a run in the sixth. Reno tied things up at five in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a two-run shot from Matt Szczur.
Cody Decker broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI-double. Juniel Querecuto drove him in to give the Aces a 7-5 lead heading to the ninth.
The Aces came into Monday’s contest with a pair of wins over the Aviators to begin the series after beating them 8-3 on Friday and 6-3 on Saturday. They split a short four game road trip to El Paso last week and now sit at 21-30 on the season as of Monday evening.
Reno is on the road at Albuquerque for a five game set before returning home June 4 for a series with Nashville.