RENO, Nev. - The Aces (79-61) dropped the second game of the series to the Albuquerque Isotopes (67-72) by a score of 7-2 Saturday night at Greater Nevada Field. Aces southpaw Anthony Banda did not earn a decision after a fantastic seven-inning performance, having just allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven. Reno's offense scattered just seven singles and were held in check by Isotopes starter Sam Howard who only allowed a solo run on four hits.
Reno started the scoring in the first inning sparked after a one-out walk to Emilio Bonifacio. After he stole second, Jack Reinheimer knocked a ground ball single up the middle to plate Bonifacio and make it a 1-0 Aces advantage.
The contest went scoreless until the fifth inning when Anthony Bemboom led off with a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1, marking just the third hit for Albuquerque off of Banda.
In the eighth inning, still tied, the Isotopes broke into their first lead on three singles off of reliever Aaron Laffey to make it a 2-1 advantage. But the Aces would return in the bottom half with a run of their own to bring the game even once again after Bonifacio and Christian Walker knocked base hits and Zach Borenstein hit a sacrifice fly ball to plate Bonifacio from third base.
The tie didn't last long as the Isotopes exploded for five runs on five hits in the top of the ninth off of righty newcomer Andrury Acevedo, including a second home run by Patterson, taking away any momentum the Aces had for a comeback.
Bonifacio, in his second Aces game, recorded his second consecutive multi-hit night while stealing his third bag with Reno. Walker collected his 38th multi-hit game with his two line drive singles in the contest.
The Aces will continue the final regular-season series with game three tomorrow against the Isotopes scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field. For tickets or more information, fans can visit the team's website at www.renoaces.com or by calling (775) 334-7000. Playoff tickets are also available for purchase by visiting the ticket office or renoaces.com. Home playoff games will be Wednesday, September 6th, and Thursday, September 7th at Greater Nevada Field, both scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Follow the club all season long on Twitter (@Aces) or like the team on Facebook.
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