Josh Ellis: Roughed Up in Colorado Springs

Josh Ellis came into Thursday's game between the Reno Aces and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox with six scoreless Triple-A innings under his belt despite never having pitched in Double-A. That success came to an abrupt end when Ellis got shell-shocked in a 10-4 Aces loss.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — The Reno Aces scored two runs in the third and two more in the fourth to take slim lead, but a six-run seventh inning for Colorado Springs lifted the Sky Sox to a 10-4 victory over the Aces in the series finale Thursday afternoon at Security Service Field.

The Sky Sox sent 10 men to the plate in the fateful seventh inning, scoring six times and taking a comfortable lead. The Colorado Springs offense jumped all over Aces reliever Josh Ellis, to the tune of six runs on six hits. Ellis (0-1) was pinned with the loss, exiting before recording an out in the seventh.

Oddly enough, of the seven batters that Ellis faced and failed to retire, only two of them batted from the left side of the plate. A sidearmer, Ellis generally handles right-handed batters with ease. Last year at Visalia, right-handed hitters only managed a .194 batting average, .252 on-base percentage, and .290 slugging against him.

Jose Marte relieved Ellis and worked two hitless innings. Reno loaded the bases in the eighth and ninth innings, but couldn't manage to score.

Reno starter Seth Etherton surrendered three runs on six hits over four innings of work. Etherton walked one and struck out one. Over the next two frames, Abe Woody allowed a run on two hits, as the right-hander left the game with the score tied 4-4.

Sky Sox starter Josh Fogg lasted four frames, allowing three runs on four hits. Fogg walked four and punched out two. Three Colorado Springs relievers combined to shutout Reno over the game's final five innings. The victory went to Damian Moss (1-0), who pitched 1.2 scoreless innings.

At the plate, Reno's Josh Wilson led the offensive attack with two hits and two runs scored. Josh Whitesell and Agustin Murillo each had two hits apiece, as well.

The Aces now head back to Reno for the much-anticipated inaugural homestand at Aces Ballpark, beginning with a four-game set against the Salt Lake City Bees, Triple-A Affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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