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Triple A: Aces Cron Belts 21st HR, Tomas Belts 4, Szczur Hits for Cycle in 25-8 Romp

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After giving up 18 runs on Sunday, the Reno Aces, Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, went to work on the Seattle Mariners Triple-A affilate, the Tacoma Rainiers pitchers by scoring 25 runs on 25 hits en-route to a 25-8 lopsided victory.

The Aces had a few players with monster games including Kevin Cron, who launched his 21st home run on the season in just 156 at bats, spanning 42 games. He also drove in six runs giving him 60 RBI’s on the season.

Cron is having a monster year if you compare it to previous seasons. He broke out with 27 home runs in 2015 playing in Class-A Advanced. Then he hit 26 in 2016 in Double-A, 25 in 2017 in Double-A, then last season finished with 22 in Triple A. His RBI totals over those big seasons were 97 (2015), 88 (2016), 91 (2017) and 97 (2018).

As of May 20th, Cron looks on pace to smash his previous monsters by a mile. If I had to guess, he could go for 45-50 in home runs and possibly even 120 in RBI’s. I am sure it’s not too much to ask if he continues on this tear, or the D-Backs promote him to the majors.

As for the rest of his teammates, the Aces scored three runs in the bottom of the 1st inning on a 3-run home run off the bat of Yasmany Tomas.

After the Rainiers scored one in the top of the second on an RBI double off the bat of Jose Lobaton, the Aces went back to work adding another 3-spot on homers from Matt Szczur (2-run jack) and Domingo Leyba.

In the top of the third, Tacoma pulled within three runs at 6-3 after Ryan Court doubled to center field scoring Tim Lopes and Shed Long.

In the bottom of the frame, Tomas struck again with a solo bomb over the right field fence, his 11th on the season.

After a scoreless 4th inning, the Rainiers got a bit closer on a bases loaded walk to pull 7-4.

But the Aces had other things on their mind as they exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth to blow the game wide open and take a commanding 16-4 lead.

The nine runs were scored as follows: RBI double from Cron, Tomas third home run of the game, a two run shot, Wyatt Mathisen‘s RBI double, Szczur’s RBI double, Leyba’s line drive RBI single, Tomas; RBI single, back to back walks with the bases loaded score two more.

In the last four innings of the game, the Rainiers scored four to finish with eight runs, but the Reno Aces pulled away even further with three more in the sixth, one in the seventh and five in the eighth to finish the historic night with 25 runs. They surpassed their previous franchise record for runs in a game. On August 10, 2012, they beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 22-8.

With the victory Reno improved to 17-27, while Tacoma dropped to 21-24.

Top Performers


Tim Lopes – 2 for 4, 3 R, Double, BB

Shed Long – 3 for 5, 3 R, Double

Ryan Court – 2 for 4, R, 2 Doubles, BB, 3 RBI’s

Kristopher Negron – 2 for 3, R, Double, 2 RBIs, 2 BB


Tim Locatsro – 3 for 7, 3 R, Double, HR, RBI

Domingo Leyba – 3 for 5, 4 R, Double, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Kevin Cron – 3 for 4. 5 R, Double, 2 HR, 2 BB, 6 RBI

Yasmany Tomas – 5 for 6, 4 R, 4 HR, 8 RBIs

Wyatt Mathisen – 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 Doubles, BB, 2 RBIs

Caleb Joseph – 2 for 5, 2 R, HR, BB, RBI

Matt Szczur – 4 for 6, 3 R, Double, Triple, HR, BB, 3 RBIs (Cycle)

Juniel Querecuto – 3 for 6, R, RBI

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