Reno stuns 'Cakes with late-inning rally

Aces capitalize on walks to score six in ninth, win in 12th

May 13, 2017 11:31 PM ET

The Reno Aces scored six times in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday night to force extra innings, then scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 12th to stun the New Orleans Baby Cakes, 11-10.

Christian Walker completed the third cycle in Aces franchise history and finished 4-for-6 with five RBI, but the story was the furious rally, aided by five ninth-inning walks by New Orleans relievers.

Leading 10-4, Clayton Mortensen walked the bases loaded with one out. Walker greeted Javy Guerra with a two-run single before Guerra walked Jeremy Hazelbaker and Ronnie Freeman to force in a run.

Raymond Fuentes roped a single to right-center field to score two more runs and chase Guerra from the game, and Hank Conger lifted a sacrifice fly to center field against the third 'Cakes pitcher of the frame, Hunter Cervenka, to bring in the tying run.

Walker completed the cycle with a leadoff double in the 11th, but Victor Payano worked out of trouble to send the game to the 12th, where the Aces finished the comeback.

After a one-out double by Ildemaro Vargas, Payano (0-1) uncorked a wild pitch. Catcher Carlos Paulino had trouble finding the ball, which had caromed toward the Baby Cakes' on-deck circle, and when Payano left home plate uncovered to assist Paulino in tracking down the ball, Vargas raced around third to score the winning run.

Aces relievers retired all nine Baby Cakes in extra innings, with Erik Davis (3-0) getting the win.

New Orleans had buit its lead by scoring multiple runs in four separate innings. Isaac Galloway slugged his third home run of the series, a two-run shot in the third, to put the 'Cakes in front. Brandon Barnes followed with a triple and scored on Destin Hood's ground out.

Matt Juengel ripped a single with the bases loaded in the fifth to plate a pair, only for Walker to answer in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer, bringing the Aces back within 5-4.

But the 'Cakes tacked on three runs in the eighth, highlighted by Nick Noonan's RBI double, and two more in the ninth on a single by Galloway, who is hitting .400 since returning from Double-A Jacksonville on May 2.

The loss dropped the Baby Cakes to a PCL-worst 12-23, and assured them of a ninth straight non-winning series to open the season.

The series and road trip conclude on Sunday afternoon before the 'Cakes begin an eight-game homestand on Monday night.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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