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With the game tied at 2-2 and two Omaha runners on in the top of the eighth inning, Reno reliever Jordan Norberto came out of the bullpen and put out the fire, preserving the tie game. That effort would set the stage for the Reno offense to draw blood in the home half of the frame. Consecutive singles by Gerardo Parra, Ryan Roberts, Ed Rogers and Yunesky Sanchez would put the Aces ahead 4-2, a lead they would not relinquish.
Norberto (2-0) earned the victory, after finishing the final 1.2 frames in scoreless fashion. Aces starter Billy Buckner took a no decision, but was once again effective on Wednesday, scattering three hits and two unearned runs over 7.1 innings of work.
The loss fell to Luis Mendoza (0-2), who surrendered the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning. O-Royals starter Bryan Bullington took a hard-luck no decision, allowing just two runs on seven hits over seven innings of work.
At the dish for Reno, Parra and Roberts led the way with three hits and an RBI apiece. The Aces out-hit Omaha 11-3 on the day.
The series continues Thursday night at Aces Ballpark. Reno will trot-out RHP Kevin Mulvey (0-2, 4.15 ERA), and Omaha is set to counter with RHP Anthony Lerew (1-2, 2.90). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT and the game will be another Coors Light Thirsty Thursday™.
Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.