Ed Easley had a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the ninth on Tuesday night, pushing the Reno Aces to a 14-10 walk-off victory over the Fresno Grizzlies at Aces Ballpark.
Reno trailed 10-9 in the ninth inning before Tony Campana doubled to plate Tuffy Gosewisch. Fresno reliever Dan Runzler intentionally walked Chris Owings, loading the bases with one out and setting the scene for Easley’s grand slam.
The dramatic game saw five lead changes with Reno up 9-8 in the seventh before Brett Pill’s two-run double pulled Fresno ahead in the eighth.
The contest, which lasted 4 hours and 16 minutes, was the longest nine-inning game in Aces history.
At the plate for Reno, Mike Jacobs recorded his first multi-homer game of the season, going yard in his first two at bats of the game. The slugger went 3-for-4 on the night with four RBIs and three runs scored. Owings also recorded four RBI, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Easley’s homer marked the first pinch-hit home run of the season, and Reno’s second grand slam in the last three games.
Reno reliever Evan Marshall was charged with a blown save, but credited with the win. He allowed both of his inherited runners score in the eighth, before working a scoreless ninth.
The series continues tonight at Aces Ballpark. Tyler Skaggs (4-5, 4.92 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while the Grizzlies will counter with Fabio Castillo (0-3, 6.88 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Tickets are on sale for this homestand, and all Aces home games, at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office.