Decker, Cron homer to lead AcesHome runs from Cody Decker and Kevin Cron propelled the Aces to the series-clinching win. Decker finished 1-for-3 with an opposite field jack that landed in the Isotopes’ bullpen. Decker’s solo shot marked his first homer of the season. He has 198 career home runs with 13 minor league teams. Cron displayed some patience during his second homer of the year. He was out in front of Jeff Hoffman’s two-seam fastball in the fifth inning. The slugging first/third baseman waited back on the heater in his next at-bat and launched a three-run blast over the Aces’ video board in the seventh. Cron finished 2-for-4 with a homer, double and a team-high four RBIs. Reno recorded eight hits. Wyatt Mathisen finished 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Travis Snider went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He leads the Pacific Coast League with a .524 batting average. The veteran outfielder has appeared in 409 career minor league games. Isotopes’ center fielder Noel Cuevas stayed hot on a cold night, going 2-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBIs. He hit for the Cycle in Albuquerque’s 13-2 win on Wednesday. Starting pitcher Justin Donatella made his first career Triple-A start with Reno. A call-up from Double-A Jackson, the right-hander went 4.2 innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits and four strikeouts. Donatella, 24, flashed a low 90s fastball that touched the lower-half of the strike zone. But his slider caught too much of the plate, which translated to a solo home run from Colorado Rockies’ top prospect Brendan Rodgers. Donatella had some parting words for home plate umpire Junior Valentine before heading back to the Aces’ dugout. Catcher Matt Jones also made his Triple-A debut behind the dish. Jones, 26, hit .250 with the Generals last season. He went 0-for-4 in the win. Albuquerque jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Donatella walked in the first run of the contest with the bases loaded. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Cron and Mathisen put the Aces up 3-2 in the third. Decker’s solo blast tacked on another run for Reno in the fourth. The Isotopes regained the lead with a two-run fifth. Cron’s three-run homer put the Aces up 7-5 with two innings left to play. Flame-throwing righty Jimmie Sherfy warmed things up in the bottom of the ninth at Greater Nevada Field. Sherfy recorded his franchise-record 49th career save with the Aces. His fastball touched 95 mph. He struck out Elliot Soto with the bases loaded to end the game.
-Isaiah BurrowsNotes: On this date in 2010 the Diamondbacks scored a franchise-record 13 runs in the fourth inning of a 15-6 victory over Pittsburgh. … The Aces are fourth in the PCL Pacific Northern Division. The Fresno Grizzlies are atop the division with a 5-2 record. … There was a paid attendance of 2,866. … The Aces recorded 13 strikeouts and four errors, the first time since April 29, 2017. … Winning pitcher Alex Young was transferred to extended spring training on Friday, opening a roster spot for right-hander Jon Duplantier, who was sent down from Arizona. On Deck: The Aces, 3-5, continue their seven-game homestand with a four-game series against the El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Right-handed pitcher Bryan Mitchell will get the nod for El Paso. Reno has not announced their starting pitcher for Friday.