Aces Hit Six-Homers in Win Over Salt Lake
Offensively, the Aces were again led by Kevin Cron who hit three home runs for the second time in his career. Socrates Brito added two of his own.
Game three in the four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees was taken by the Reno Aces by the score of 14-4. The Aces scored 14 runs on 16 hits. Offensively, the Aces were again led by Kevin Cron who hit three home runs for the second time in his career. Socrates Brito added two of his own, going back-to-back with Cron two times tonight. Starting pitcher Anthony Vasquez went 6.0 innings allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts. The win improves the Aces to a record of 36-43 on the season, 10.5 games back of the first place Fresno Grizzlies.
Salt Lake wasted no time striking first in tonight’s game when Jabari Blash hit a two-run blast to give the Bees a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, the Aces would score three times with an RBI triple from Rey Fuentes, RBI single from Yasmany Tomas, and then Juniel Querecuto drove in Kristopher Negron for the final run of the inning to give Reno the 3-2 advantage. In the third, the Aces tacked on three more runs with the help of Brito and Cron. The duo hit back-to-back home runs off Salt Lake starter Luis Pena. Blash inched the Bees closer in the fourth with his second homer of the night to cut the lead to 6-3. In the bottom of the inning Brito and Cron once again hit back-to-back homers stretching the lead to 8-3. They are the first duo in Aces history to accomplish this feat two times in one game. After reno scored one more in the sixth, Blash crushed his third home run of the game to center field making the score 9-4 Reno. Not to be outdone, Cron hit his third homer of the game in the eighth and was followed by a Tomas homer three batters later giving the Aces the 14-4 victory.
Top Performers - Reno
• Socrates Brito (2-for-2, 3 BB, 2 HR)
• Kevin Cron (3-for-5, 3 HR, 7 RBI)
• Yasmany Tomas (4-for-5, 2 RBI, HR)
Top Performers – Salt Lake
• Jabari Blash (3-for-5, 3 HR, 4 RBI)
• Taylor Ward (1-for-3, R)
• Kaleb Cowart (1-for-3, BB)
Notes & Information
June BOOM: Socrates Brito is having arguably the best offensive month of his professional career. The outfielder is .432 (32-for-74) with 9 home runs, 10 doubles, 21 RBI and an OBP of .506. Brito leads the league in batting with an overall average of .358 and leads the reigning Pacific Northern Division champions in home runs with 11. Brito is in his ninth season in the Diamondbacks’ organization and has seen some playing time this season with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Back-to-Back Jack: Socrates Brito and Kevin Cron became the first Aces duo in franchise history to hit back-to-back home runs two times in a single game. Reno has hit back-to-back homers five times this season: Marcus Littlewood/Kristopher Negron (4/27 @ SAC), Anthony Recker/Daniel Robertson (4/30 @ ELP), Christian Walker/Socrates Brito (6/22 @ Las Vegas) and Cron/Brito (6/27 vs. Salt Lake) twice. The only other duo with two or more back-to-back home runs is Cody Ransom and Andy Tracy. Ransom and Tracy accomplished this feat three times in 2011 en route to a Division Championship.