SALT LAKE CITY — The Reno Aces dropped both games of a doubleheader Wednesday night, 9-4 and 5-3, against the Salt Lake Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Former Aces RHP Barry Enright was roughed up by the Aces in the top of the first of the opener, giving up four runs on three hits. Brad Snyder hit his first home run of the season for Reno, a three-run shot to right field to give the Aces an early lead.
Enright’s Bees teammates returned the favor throughout the next two frames, scoring eight runs on five hits off Reno RHP Randall Delgado, who was charged with the loss. Delgado gave up a grand slam to Luis Rodriguez that gave the Bees a lead they would not surrender.
The Aces bullpen allowed just one more run through 4.1 innings to end the game. Enright came out with the win, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings to round out his appearance.
The nightcap proved to be another battle for Reno. The Aces manufactured single runs in the second and third before Salt lake scored three in the fourth.
Aiming for a late-inning comeback, Ed Easley doubled to left field in the sixth to score Taylor Harbin, tying the game at 3. Rodriguez again squashed the Aces chance at a win, this time doubling down the left field line drive home two runs for a 5-3 lead.
Aces’ lefty Joe Paterson was charged with the loss, giving up four runs, three earned, in 2.2 innings of relief. Salt Lake’s Mitch Stetter was charged with a blown save for giving up the run to Easley, but ultimately earned the win. Bees reliever Michael Kohn was credited with his first save of the season.
Chris Owings went 4-for-7 on the night with a run scored. Didi Gregorius, on a rehab assignment with the Aces, went 2-for-7 with a run scored as the designated hitter and leadoff batter.
The series wraps up tonight at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Chase Anderson gets the nod for Reno, while the Bees will counter with ex-Reno pitcher Billy Buckner. First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m. PT, and all the action can be heard live on Fox Sports 630 AM.
Reno returns to Aces Ballpark for the 2013 home opener on Friday, April 12. Tickets are on sale now at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark ticket office.