The Reno Aces smacked their way to season highs in runs and hits Thursday night in a 20-3 thrashing of Las Vegas at Greater Nevada Field.
Reno’s 20 runs and 21 hits slaughtered its previous season highs of 10 and 16. Kevin Cron (inset photo) was the main beneficiary of low-velocity fastballs and lazy, no-break, cutters from Vegas starter Chris Flexen. Cron, a third-base prospect, finished 3-for-6 with a towering 460 foot blast and a career-high 6 RBIs. Freshly promoted Triple-A second baseman Tyler Landendorf added another 3 RBIs to the mix in his first career start with Reno. Aces catcher Anthony Recker piled it on with 4 RBIs.
After a slumbering and losing two-week road trip, the Aces’ offense woke up in its High Desert home park. Five Aces hit home runs in the series opener Wednesday. The next night, it plated 20.
“Maybe it’s something in the water down here,” Aces Manager Greg Gross said. “But, really, it’s a hitter friendly ballpark. We get a lot of hits here because of the some gaps in center and the ball carrying to deep right with the wind. We’ve scored more runs here than usual, so I’m happy to see that.”
The 3,764 fans in attendance got their sweet tooth early tonight, the Aces tallied a whopping seven hits and seven runs in just two frames. Aces starter Bradin Hagens improved his season record to 2-2. He allowed two runs and three hits in 5.2 inning pitched. Former Reno Aces outfielder Zach Borenstein didn’t leave empty handed. He crushed a 462-foot blast with the wind carrying to deep right field. Borenstein, 27, still has a fluid swing and finished 1-for-3 on the night.
The Aces have scored a whopping 28 runs in two games at Greater Nevada Field.
Diamondbacks go all in with Aces
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Triple-A affiliate Reno Aces agreed on a two-year renewal of their Player Development Contract Thursday morning, extending the franchises’ partnership through the 2020 season. The D-Backs’ farm has been littered with talent over the last 10-plus seasons. A.J. Pollock, Nick Ahmed, Ketel Marte, Patrick Corbin and Chris Owings are among the prospects who made their way through the Biggest Little City on the way to the show. The Diamondbacks have the 25th ranked farm system according to milb.com, the official site of minor league baseball.
Almost a Full Deck
Aces’ fan-favorite Cody Decker didn’t play in tonight’s game, but cather Anthony Recker and Las Vegas’ lead-off hitting right fielder Matt den Dekker filled the stat-sheet. In the Recker-den Dekker-sans Decker match up, Recker went 3-4 and den Dekker 1-3 with a run and a walk. Meanwhile, Cody Decker, tied with Recker as the Aces leading home run hitter, is sitting on 196 minor league career home runs. Big-league veteran Recker appears destined to return to the show. He’s hitting .337, has been throwing out baserunners and is a vocal team leader.
News and Notes
Aces’ catcher Michael Perez was removed Disabled List earlier this morning, optioning catcher Jose Queliz down to D-backs’ Double-A affiliate Jackson Generals in the process. Perez is hitting .310 on the season while Queliz smacked a homer for Reno in last night’s 8-5 win. … Second baseman Tyler Landendorf made his first career start with the Reno Aces Thursday night. A second-round pick, Landendorf, 30, was selected 60th overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2008 MLB draft. Landendorf appeared in 44 games with the Oakland A’s in 2016, batting just .083 with one RBI in 48 at-bats. … Big league veteran Todd Frazier was spotted at third base sporting a 51’s jersey. Frazier is a career .245 hitter with 180 homers and 519 RBIs that spans over eight years with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, and New York Mets. Frazier collected an RBI in the loss.
The Aces and Nevada brethren Area 51s meet for Game 3 of their series Friday night at 7:05. p.m at Greater Nevada Field. A fireworks show will be held after the game. The Aces (24-31) will look to win three-straight games Friday, as Reno’s ringer Jake Buchanan (3-4) will face-off against Las Vegas (22-33) left-hander P.J. Conlon (2-3). The game is a 7:05 p.m. start.