The tables have turned against the Albuquerque Isotopes. After a seven-game winning streak ended Sunday, the Isotopes have dropped three in a row after Thursday night’s 3-2 loss to the host Reno Aces.
This one took 11 innings to decide before Reno (9-11) came back to beat Albuquerque (12-9). The game was tied 1-1 through 10 innings.
In the 11th, Chris Nelson struck out but reached second base on a throwing error by catcher Tuffy Gosewisch. Rafael Ynoa and Michael Tauchman followed with singles to load the bases.
Stephen Cardullo then grounded out to second base for what should have been the third out but instead Nelson scored the go-ahead run. The lead, however, would not last.
Simon Castro (0-1) came on for the bottom of the frame. Socrates Brito greeted him with a bunt single and then went to second on Jack Reinheimer’s sacrifice bunt.
Peter O’Brien singled to center to tie the game 2-2. Mike Freeman then tripled home O’Brien as the winning run.
Mike Tauchman’s RBI double put the Isotopes ahead in the first inning. Evan Marzilli tripled to lead off the Aces’ half of the frame and scored two batters later on O’Brien’s infield single.
Ynoa and Tauchman had two hits apiece. The rest of the Albuquerque lineup had just one hit, a single by Cody Decker.
Matt Flemer was brilliant for six innings in a no-decision for the Isotopes. He allowed one run on four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five.
Diamondbacks No. 2 prospect Archie Bradley was equal to the task. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits and four walks while striking out eight in six innings.
The Isotopes and Aces meet again Friday at 7:35 p.m. Albuquerque has yet to announce a starter while Reno will go with right-hander Tyler Wagner (0-2, 5.19 ERA).