The Aces took a comfortable 8-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning before Jordan Norberto came on to surrender four runs to pull Round Rock to within a single tally. With the tying run at second and the winning run at first, Daniel Stange came out of the bullpen and immediately issued a walk to Marcos Cabral, loading the bases with two outs in the inning.
The next batter, right fielder Drew Locke, grounded into a game-ending fielder's choice, preserving the first win at Dell Diamond in Aces franchise history and giving Stange his first career Triple-A save.
Wes Roemer (1-0), just transferred to Reno from Double-A, worked seven innings, scattering two runs—one earned—on eight hits. Roemer walked two and punched-out four.
Offensively for Reno, a Carlos Corporan two-run homer helped push a three-run fourth, and a two-run blast by Chris Rahl was part of a three-run Aces fifth. Rahl finished with three hits, falling just a triple shy of the cycle. Four Aces produced a multi-hit effort on the evening.
The loss fell to Express starter Polin Trinidad (2-2), who surrendered eight earned runs on 12 hits over 4.1 innings of work.
- The #6-8 hitters in Reno's lineup combined to go 9-for-18 with two doubles, two homers, six RBI, and seven runs scored
- Roemer increased his career batting average from .061 to .083 by going 1-for-3
- Luis Ayala made his debut with the D-backs organization after being signed to a minor league deal the day before. Ayala allowed a solo homer to Chris Johnson in the 8th.
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