Aces Fall to Tacoma
The Aces made the trip to Tacoma, Washington on Friday night and were joined by some heavy forces. National League All-Star A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr. both began their highly-anticipated climb back to Arizona in game one against the Tacoma Rainiers.
The Aces made the trip to Tacoma, Washington on Friday night and were joined by some heavy forces. National League All-Star A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr. both began their highly-anticipated climb back to Arizona in game one against the Tacoma Rainiers. Souza Jr. led the Aces offense tonight, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. A.J. Pollock’s first action May 14 got off to a slow start. Recovering from a broken thumb injury, Pollock went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and was replaced by Evan Marzilli in the 8th inning. Matt Koch allowed three earned runs on 11 hits in 6.1 innings of work. Randall Delgado, down on MLB rehab assignment, tossed a scoreless inning and allowed no base runners. The (4-2) loss moves Reno to a record of 37-44 on the season, 10.5 games back of the first place Fresno Grizzlies.
Tacoma got into the scoring column in the bottom of the first. David Freitas got the inning started with a single into right field. Andrew Aplin advanced Freitas to second thanks to an error by 2017 Pacific Coast League All-Star Ildemaro Vargas. Kirk Nieuwenhuis drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to give Tacoma a 1-0 advantage. The Aces responded with two of their own in the top of the 5th inning. Third baseman Juniel Querecuto singled into right field as the second batter of the inning. Kristopher Negron put Reno up one with a two-run blast over the left field wall for his sixth blast of the season. Unfortunately for Reno, Tacoma plated one in the sixth inning on a Daniel Vogelbach solo-shot and two in the seventh when Gordan Beckham hit a two-run home run. Reno loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, but was unable to mount a comeback. Greg Gross will send right-hander Jake Buchanan to the mound tomorrow night to face Tacoma southpaw LHP Ross Detwiler. The first pitch is slated for 5:05 p.m. at Cheney Stadium.
Top Performers - Reno
• Steven Souza Jr. (2-for-4, 2 1B)
• A.J. Pollock (0-for-4)
• Juniel Querecuto (2-for-4, R)
Top Performers – Tacoma
• Daniel Vogelbach (2-for-4, HR)
• Gordan Beckham (1-for-4, R, 2 RBI)
• David Freitas (2-for-4, R)
RHP Jake Buchanan vs.
LHP Ross Detwiler
Notes & Information
JQ: Juniel Querecuto is batting .347 since his promotion from Double-A Jackson. The versatile infielder has recorded at least one base hit in 16 of 17 games in an Aces uniform. He is 25-for-72 with 12 runs scored, three extra-base hits, five RBI and has stolen two bases. With Double-A Jackson, Querecuto was batting .369 (62-for-168) with 15 doubles and 23 RBI. He made his Major League debut on September 22, 2016 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. Querecuto played four games for the Rays and recorded one hit.
On Their Way: Steven Souza Jr., A.J. Pollock and Randall Delgado all made Major League rehab appearances with the Aces tonight in Tacoma. Souza Jr. is coming off a Strained Right Pectoral Muscle. In his time with Arizona he was batting .163 with one RBI. A.J. Pollock is coming back from a broken thumb injury. Prior to his injury, Pollock was MVP candidate, batting .293 with 10 doubles, three triples and 11 home runs. Delgado is coming off a shoulder injury and is expected to make multiple appearances before being activated off the 60-day disabled list per the Associated Press.
Reno Aces Press Release