The Reno Aces concluded a rough week on Sunday with a 16-9 loss at Albuquerque, one night after they dropped the Isotopes 11-6 in their only win of the series.
What started out as a pitcher’s duel quickly turned into a slugfest at Isotopes Park Sunday. Right-hander Taylor Widener tossed three scoreless innings but was tagged for four runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth before being removed for Bradin Hagens. Chris Cron called upon six pitchers to get through eight innings of work Sunday night.
Widener (4.2 IP) and Ryan Atkinson (1.1 IP) were the lone Aces pitchers to get more than three outs. Reno hit four homers against the Isotopes, one of which came off the bat of Cody Decker. The solo-blast was Decker’s 202nd career home run, most by any active player in Minor League Baseball.
The Aces finised the week 2-5 after dropping the last two games to Las Vegas at home on Monday and Tuesday.
Despite the overall performance of the team, Aces outfielder Matt Szczur was been named the Pacific Coast League’s Player of the Week for the period of May 27 – June 2.
Szczur, 29, went 12-for-22 (.545) last week with eight runs scored, 11 RBI and three home runs. He led the Pacific Coast league in average (.545), slugging percentage (1.000), on-base plus slugging (1.538) and was second in RBIs.
Szczur is the third Aces player to win the award this season, joining teammates Yasmany Tomas (May 20–26) and Kevin Cron (May 13-19). Reno has never had three consecutive Player of the Week winners until now.
The Aces returned to Greater Nevada Field on Tuesday to take on the Nashville Sounds through Thursday before hosting Memphis for four games beginning Friday night.