After a strong end to the month of June, the Reno Aces limped into the All Star break after losing its last two games. But it was Friday’s win that still has the world of baseball buzzing.
It was fireworks night at Greater Nevada Field and Cody Decker provided Reno with easily the best show of the night. Down 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth, with a runner on first base, the slugger launched a two-run walk-off blast into the night to give the Aces a 10-9 victory over Sacramento.
And then he called it a career.
It was the way Decker wanted to go out. Decker, a 32-year-old first baseman, spent all but eight of his games played as a professional baseball player in the minor leagues and was the active minor league career home run leader with 206 after the blast.
“I never really knew I’d get the chance to do it,” Decker told TahoeOnStage. com. “It was a really special night and one of the best of my career, something I’ll never forget. The fact I got to share it with these teammates, you can’t beat it. That moment coming off the field is something I never knew would happen. Getting all those hugs at home, then having a curtain call from the fans. It wasn’t just the fans which is amazing, it was my teammates on the top step both giving me a standing ovation.”
Unfortunately, his former team couldn’t capitalize on the momentum from Friday’s win and fell to Sacramento 5-1 on Saturday and 21-7 on Sunday.
The Aces finished the week with a 2-5 record and now sit at 39-50 overall. They are in last place in the PCL Pacific Northern Division, and sit seven back of first place Sacramento at the break.