Reno tips Fresno in 11
April 19, 2012
FRESNO, Calif.-Jake Elmore collected three hits and scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning Wednesday afternoon, as the Reno Aces halted a brief losing skid with a 7-6 win over the Fresno Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park.
After relinquishing an early three-run lead, Reno clawed back from a two-run deficit with a run in the seventh and another in the ninth to force extra innings. In the 11th, Elmore led-off with a double and moved to third on a double-play ground ball off the bat of Randy Ruiz. With two outs in the frame, Ryan Wheeler grounded to short, but the ball was misplayed, allowing Elmore to cross the plate with the go-ahead run. Jonathan Albaladejo worked a scoreless home half of the inning to seal the Aces’ come-from-behind victory.
The win for Reno snaps a four-game losing streak and knots the series at one game apiece.
Elmore finished 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored, while Ruiz collected three hits and three RBIs. Evan Frey tripled, singled, drew two walks, scored four runs and stole two bases.
Albaladejo (1-1) worked two scoreless frames to earn the victory. Starter Zach Kroenke scattered four runs on seven hits over five innings before turning the ball over to the bullpen. Mike DeMark surrendered two runs in 0.2 innings before Sam Demel, Mike Zagurski and Albaladejo kept the Grizzlies silent over the game’s final 5.1 frames.
The loss fell to Fresno reliever Shane Loux (1-1), who allowed the go-ahead, unearned run in the 11th.