The Aces scored a run in the first and second innings, taking a lead that would stand for most of the afternoon. Up by a 3-1 count in the eighth, though, Joe Paterson surrendered a game-tying two-run shot to Kole Calhoun before Jensen Lewis allowed the go-ahead runs to score on a two-run homer for Cory Aldridge.
Paterson (1-1) took the loss for Reno, while Salt Lake reliever Matt Meyer (1-0) earned the win. Kevin Jepsen worked a spotless ninth to pick up his second save.
Neither starter on Sunday figured into the decision. Reno’s Trevor Bauer worked 2 2-3 innings, allowing a run on two hits with five strikeouts. Salt Lake’s Matt Shoemaker scattered three runs on six hits with six strikeouts over five frames.
In the loss, Jake Elmore doubled home a run in the first inning to push his hitting streak to 31-straight games. Ryan Wheeler drove in his Minor League-leading 71st and 72nd runs of the season.
The Aces and Bees continue the series tonight. RHP Joe Martinez (7-3, 4.62 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while RHP Eddie McKiernan (3-2, 7.77 ERA) takes the ball for Salt Lake. First pitch from Spring Mobile Ballpark is set for 6:05 p.m. PT, and the action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 630 AM in Reno or by visiting RenoAces.com.
The Aces will return home on Wednesday, June 27 to kick off a seven-game homestand against the Fresno Grizzlies and Las Vegas 51s. Tickets are on-sale now at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office.