Isotopes rout Aces to even seriesAlbuquerque tied the three-game series 1-1. The rubber match will take place Thursday at 6.35 p.m. The Isotopes’ bats exploded for 18 hits in the win on Wednesday. Center fielder Noel Cuevas hit for the eighth cycle in Isotopes history, driving in five RBIs. Cuevas singled in the first, doubled in the second, homered in the fourth and clinched the cycle with a triple in the seventh. He poured it on with his second homer in the top of the eighth. Dom Nunez went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Right fielder Sam Hilliard added two hits and two RBIs Reno’s nine hits mustered just two runs on the night. Abraham Almonte finished 3-for-5 with a double and RBI. Yasmany Tomas went 1-for-5 with an RBI single. He’s recorded an RBI in every game this season. Just called up from Double-A, third baseman Marty Herum started in place for Wyatt Mathisen and recorded his first Triple-A hit of his career. Herum finished 1-for-3. Aces’ starting pitcher Taylor Widener struggled on the mound. The right-hander gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits in three innings of work. University of Nevada, Reno alum Braden Shipley surrendered one earned run in three innings pitched. A three-run blast from Nunez capped-off a five-run, five-hit first inning for Albuquerque. The Isotopes tacked on another two runs in the second to bring the score to 7-0. The Isotopes pushed their lead up to 8-0 in the fourth inning off Cuevas’ bomb that carried to right field. The Aces chipped into the deficit with a two-run fifth inning. Albuquerque poured it on in the later frames of the contest. They plated one run in the seventh and four more in the top of the eight to make the final score 13-2. Dbacks call up Caleb Joseph: The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled catcher Caleb Joseph on Wednesday. Catcher Matt Jones was transferred from extended spring training to Triple-A Reno. Jones, 26, hit .250 with 18 RBIs in Double-A Jackson last season. He had one at bat with the Aces in 2016, a double. Notes: Cody Decker is three games shy of 1,000 career MiLB games. He has appeared in two games with the Aces this season. … Chris Cron was born in Albuquerque on March 31, 1964. … Taylor Clarke’s nine strikeouts on Tuesday marked the most strikeouts from an Aces starter in a home opener. Both teams combined for 27 hits. … There was a paid attendance of 2,518.
— Isaiah Burrows