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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — By Mark Smith Assistant Sports Editor The situation looked promising for the Albuquerque Isotopes in the opener of a four-game series against struggling Reno on Thursday night at Isotopes Park. Despite leaving the bases loaded in two of their last three at-bats, the ’Topes had had erased a 3-0 deficit, were tied 3-3 heading to the top of the ninth with their top reliever, Steve Ames, heading to the mound. In 12 previous outings and 13 innings this season, Ames had let up just one earned run. The Aces (15-26) tripled that in just eight batters — which was all Ames faced during Reno’s five-run ninth and an eventual 8-3 victory to begin Albuquerque’s home stand. “You feel good about your guy that you’re bringing in, in that situation,” said Albuquerque manager Lorenzo Bundy. “But there has been a question mark of whether he’s going to get the first hitter out or not. And we’re still struggling with that a little bit. And this time was on 0-2.” Ames opened the inning by issuing a walk to Matt Davidson — after getting ahead 0-2 in the count — then allowed a single to Alfredo Marte. Ames then botched Evan Frey’s sacrifice bunt to load the bases. Ames then retired his only batter — but that wasn’t easy, as Tyler Kuhn’s fly deep to left allowed all three runners to tag-up. That was a bit of foreshadowing. Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, the No. 8 hitter in the lineup, followed with another blast in the same direction — only about 100 feet deeper than Kuhn’s. His monster shot bounced off the green tent far behind the left-field fence for a three-run homer. Ames allowed another single and another walk, but did get his second out when a runner was caught stealing. For the outing, Ames gave up four hits, two walks, five runs (three earned) to up his ERA from 0.69 to 2.63. “I’m a big ‘baseball gods’ person,” Bundy said. “We get the 0-2 walk, then we don’t get an out on the bunt play. I looked over to my pitching coach (Glenn Dishman), and he knew exactly what I was going to say. ‘When you don’t get an out on a bunt play, you’re usually going to have a multiple-run inning.’ I would classify five as a multiple-run inning.” Both starting pitchers — Albuquerque’s Blake Johnson and Reno’s Charles Brewer — faced the minimum of nine hitters through the first three innings, each getting the benefit of a double play in front of an announced crowd of 4,537. But Reno got to Johnson with three straight hits, including an RBI double from Kila Ka’aihue, to grab a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Ka’aihue’s shot was just out of the reach of center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr., who made an acrobatic catch of a Ka’aihue blast in the first inning. Gwynn chased the long line shot halfway up the mound in center, and caught the ball with his back facing home plate while sliding on one knee. Reno added another run in the fifth. The Isotopes (20-20) scored three off Brewer in the sixth when the top of the lineup delivered three straight one-out hits. Gwynn and Elian Herrera singled and Alex Castellanos, who came off the disabled list earlier in the day, smashed a two-run double to left-center. But Albuquerque left the bases loaded in the inning and did so again in the eighth. Thursday—Albuquerque ACES 8, ISOTOPES 3

RENO ALBUQUERQUE

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Campana cf-lf 4 1 1 1 Gwynn cf 5 1 1 0

De la Rosa p 0 0 0 0 Herrera 2b 5 1 3 0

Owings ss 5 1 2 0 Castellanos rf 5 1 1 2

Ka’aihue 1b 4 1 1 1 Moore lf 5 0 0 0

Davidson 3b 4 1 1 1 Ryal 1b 4 0 2 1

Marte rf 4 1 2 0 Barden 3b 3 0 2 0

Rivera lf 3 0 0 0 Sellers ss 3 0 2 0

Madrigal p 0 0 0 0 Wallach c 3 0 0 0

Schultz p 0 0 0 0 Johnson p 1 0 0 0

Paterson p 0 0 0 0 Angle ph 1 0 0 0

Frey ph-lf 0 1 0 0 Patterson p 1 0 0 0

Kuhn 2b 2 1 0 1 Aguasviva p 0 0 0 0

Gosewisch c 4 1 2 3 Amezaga ph 1 0 0 0

Brewer p 2 0 0 0 Ames p 0 0 0 0

Snyder cf 2 0 1 0 Ortega p 0 0 0 0

Totals 34 8 10 7 Totals 37 3 11 3

Reno 000 210 005—8

Albuquerque 000 003 000—3

E— Barden (4, fielding), Ames (1, fielding). DP— Reno 1, Albuquerque 2. LOB— Reno 5, Albuquerque 10. 2B— Ka’aihue (7, Johnson), Marte (6, Johnson); Castellanos (1, Brewer). HR— Gosewisch (4). SB— Herrera (6). CS— Gosewisch (1), Snyder (4). S— Frey. SF— Kuhn. IP H R ER BB SO

Reno

Brewer 5.2 6 3 3 1 7

Madrigal 1.1 2 0 0 1 2

Schultz 0.2 2 0 0 0 1

Paterson (W, 2-1) 0.1 0 0 0 1 0

De La Rosa 1.0 1 0 0 0 3

Albuquerque

Johnson 6.0 6 3 3 1 8

Patterson 1.0 0 0 0 0 1

Aguasviva 1.0 0 0 0 0 0

Ames (L, 1-1) 0.2 4 5 3 2 0

Ortega 0.1 0 0 0 1 1

WP— Ortega. T— 3:18. A— 4,537.Ninth-inning misery starts home stand with lossSee ISOTOPES on PAGE D3from PAGE D1Isotopes scuffle in 9th, lose 8-3reno 8, albuquerque 3Today Reno at Albuquerque, 7:05 p.m., 610 AM. See ’Topes Today on D3.This is the web headline

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