Aces drop first game of series to Redbirds, 10-4The Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, laced 18 hits en route to a dominant 10-4 victory. First baseman John Nogowski went 4-for-5 with home run, three RBIs and two runs. The Aces had nine hits. Juniel Querecuto went 4-for-5 with a double and one RBI. Travis Snider was 1-for-3 with a double and RBI. Caleb Joseph finished 2-for-4 with a double. Reno’s home-run-a-game streak was snapped at 25 games. Reno starting pitcher Matt Koch was tagged with the loss. Koch surrendered four earned runs on nine hits and three walks in six innings. Evan Kruczynski picked up his third win of the season, giving up two earned runs on six hits and three walks in five innings. Memphis jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Both teams scored one run apiece in the third inning. Memphis plated two more runs in the fifth. The Redbirds exploded for one run in the seventh and five more in the eighth. Reno’s two runs in the ninth was too little too late. Cron family history in Toronto: Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Kevin Cron hit his first career home run on Friday in a 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Over their respective careers in professional baseball, Kevin and his older brother, C.J. Cron have both homered on the same day 15 times. C.J. Cron also hit his first career home run against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 10, 2014 with the Los Angeles Angels. Chris Cron, manager of the Reno Aces and father of Kevin and C.J., has two career hits in the Major Leagues. Both hits have come against the Toronto Blue Jays. Notes: The Memphis Redbirds of the PCL’s American Northern division and Reno Aces squared-off for the first time since the 2017 MiLB season. … The Aces have played six games in the month of June. In four of the six games, both teams combined to score 17 or more runs. There have been three games with more than 20 runs. … The Aces are 3-6 on Friday this season. On Deck: Reno, 25-35, face Memphis for the second game of the four-game series at 7:05 p.m. Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Jake Lamb begins his rehab assignment with the Aces. Taylor Widener is expected to take the hill for the Aces. St. Louis Cardinals’ top pitching prospect Alex Reyes is the probable starter for the Redbirds. It’s Star Wars Night. May the force out be with you.
— Isaiah Burrows