Apr 14, 2011 12:50 AM
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox lost their third game in a row to the Reno Aces Wednesday afternoon by a score of 7-4 in front of 1,916 fans at Security Service Field.
The Aces connected for two crucial home runs on the day. The first came in the fifth with the score knotted at one apiece. Reno left fielder David Winfree smashed a two-run shot off of Sky Sox reliever Bruce Billings (1-2, 7.11) to make it 3-1 Aces, while a two run error by Sox outfielder Charlie Blackmon allowed two more runs to score later in the inning.
Facing a 5-1 deficit, the Sox plated a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings on an RBI hit by Matt Macri and a run scoring balk by Aces reliever Jordan Norberto to make it 5-3.
With the Sox eyeing a comeback win, Reno second baseman Tony Abreu would provide two crucial insurance runs with a two-run blast to left field off of reliever Eric Stults making the score 7-3.
The Sox tacked on a run in the ninth on an Alfredo Amazega RBI double to make the final margin 7-4 Aces.
Reno starter Tom Layne (1-0, 3.38) picked up the win with five solid innings allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out five. Billings picked up the loss in relief after surrendering Winfree's home run.
The win moves the Aces to 5-1 on the year while the Sky Sox fall to 2-5.
The series concludes Thursday with RHP Clayton Mortensen (0-1, 24.00) taking the mound against RHP Kevin Mulvey (0-1, 18.00) for the Aces. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 AM.