With the win, the Sky Sox salvage a series split after falling behind 2-0 in the four-game set.
On Sunday, Colorado Springs jumped out quickly, taking a 1-0 advantage on a lead-off home run by D.J. LeMahieu. The Aces clawed back in the second, though, using two-out RBI singles by Zach Kroenke and A.J. Pollock to flip the one-run deficit into a one-run lead.
That advantage would stand up until the sixth, though, when the Sky Sox put up a three-spot to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Reno brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but couldn’t push a run across.
The win went to Colorado Springs starter Rob Scahill (1-0), who scattered two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts over five innings of work. After Mike Ekstrom and Dustin Molleken combined for three scoreless frames, Edgmer Escalona slammed the door in the ninth for his first save of the season.
Kroenke (0-1) was pinned with the loss, surrendering four runs on 10 hits over five innings. Kroenke walked one and struck out two. Out of the Reno bullpen, Jensen Lewis allowed a run over two frames, Mike Zagurski tossed a spotless eighth in his Aces debut, and Mike DeMark dealt a scoreless ninth.
At the dish for Reno, Gillespie and Jake Elmore led the way with two hits apiece.
The Aces are now set to kick off a four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees. Monday’s opener is set for 6:35 p.m. PT, with LHP Tom Layne (0-0, No ERA) getting the nod for Reno and RHP Trevor Bell (0-0, No ERA) countering for the Bees.
Today’s game will be the first Om-Nom-Nomday presented by KTVN Channel 2 News of the season. Nachos will be available for just $1. Tickets are on-sale now at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office.