Reno Aces outfielder Socrates Brito returned to Greater Nevada Field with a bang in an 8-7 loss to Iowa Wednesday.
In his first game in the Biggest Little City since May 15, Brito hit a 425 foot-plus home run to right-center field. He went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. He’s batting .330 with the Aces, but went just 2 for 17 during his most recent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Aces’ big league team.
After going 5-2 in a road trip to Nashville and Memphis, the Aces returned to the Biggest Little City for a seven-game homestand with the Iowa Cubs and Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. As it often does, the wind at Greater Nevada Field was blowing toward right and downstream of the Truckee River.
Reno’s offense stayed fiery against the Cubs, tallying 12 hits. The Aces are batting .309 over its last six games. In his Greater Nevada Field debut, second baseman Juniel Querecuto extended his hit streak to 10 games — five with the Aces and five with the Double-A Jackson Generals.
Jake Buchanan is one of the few people to sport a Chicago Cubs World Series ring. The former Chicago and Iowa Cub toed the rubber against his old team, pitching five innings, surrendering seven runs on 11 hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
Iowa starter Daury Torrez went four innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
The Aces knotted the game 2-2, courtesy of Christian Walker’s two-run blast deep center. Walker has six homers with the Aces and a home run and a double with the Diamondbacks, who have called him up and sent him back three times this season. Walker is 3 for 17 with Arizona.
Iowa broke the game open with a three-run third inning and runs in the fourth and fifth. RBIs from Kevin Cron, Aces’ million-dollar man Yasmany Tomas and Brito weren’t enough. Cubs’ reliever Dillon Maples recorded his fifth save of the 2018 campaign.
Notes: A 7-1 victory over the Nashville Sounds on June 7 marked the 700th regular season victory for the 10-year-old Reno Aces. … Kevin Cron has been on a tear lately. His 31 RBIs places him second on the team behind catcher Anthony Recker with 32. … Ildemaro Vargas is riding a 12-game hitting streak but sat out Wednesday’s game.
On Deck: Reno (30-36) will face-off against Iowa (25-38) for the second game of the three-game series Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Starting pitchers are the Aces Taylor Clarke and the Cubs Duane Underwood Jr.
ABOUT Isaiah Burrows
Tahoe Onstage sportswriter Isaiah Burrows also is a general assignment reporter for CarsonNow.org, an online news source in Carson City. He is a journalism major at the University of Nevada, Reno, where is the sports editor of the Sagebrush student newspaper. He is the Reno Aces beat writer for Tahoe Onstage.