Reno, NV (MyNews4.com) -- In a fitting conclusion to the longest home game in Reno Aces history, Didi Gregorius ended an 11-inning marathon Friday night by launching a walk-off three-run home run over the right-field wall to give the Aces a 10-7 victory over the Las Vegas 51s at Aces Ballpark.
The walk-off bomb sealed a back-and-forth affair that saw five total home runs, three lead changes, and took 4:39 to complete.
Gregorius finished the night 2-for-5 with the home run, a triple, five RBI and a walk.
Las Vegas opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when the leadoff batter Antony Seratelli walked and scored on a double play after advancing to third on a single.
The Aces wasted no time answering, however. After two outs to lead off the bottom of the first, Reno registered three base-hits in a row, capped off by a two-run home run by Nick Evans that sailed over the left-centerfield wall to make the score 3-1.
Las Vegas got back on top in the fourth inning with three runs of their own. Taylor Teagarden’s two-run opposite-field home run capped the 51s’ scoring in the frame.
Once again, the Aces answered back in the bottom of the inning with a run, but Las Vegas again took the lead in the fifth. Seratelli led off the inning with a solo homer, and a Bobby Abreu double drove home Eric Campbell two batters later.
After Tyler Bortnick scored in the sixth, Evans notched his second homer of night in the bottom of the seventh, and Aaron Cunningham scored later in the inning on an Ender Inciarte single to give Reno a 7-6 lead.
Holding true to the rest of the game though, the lead did not last long. A leadoff walk of Daniel Muno in the top of the eighth came back to bite Reno when Eric Campbell drove Muno home with a single to left field.
The Aces got runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth and loaded the bases with no outs in the tenth, but couldn’t find a way to plate the winning run in either inning.
Back-to-back singles by Bortnick and Inciarte to lead off the bottom of the 11th set up Gregorius’ walk-off shot to end the game. The win snapped Reno’s losing streak at four games.
Evans’ two home runs marked the 13th time in his career he has recorded multiple home runs in a game. Inciarte finished 3-for-6 with an RBI to extend his hit streak to seven games. Mike Jacobs’ on-base streak was also extended to 15 games. Jacobs finished the night 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a walk.
Jess Todd got the win for the Aces after retiring the side in order in the 10th and 11th innings.
The Aces travel to Fresno tomorrow to begin a four-game series with the Grizzlies. LHP Randy Wolf will make his second start of the season for Reno, and RHP Mitch Lively gets the nod for Fresno. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
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