TACOMA, WA - Justin Donatella was looking for a bounce-back start, and that’s what he got. Coming off an outing where he gave up 10 earned runs in three innings on April 27, the 6-foot-6 righty went five innings tonight allowing just two runs and five hits while striking out four. Behind the solid start, the Aces came out victorious, 4-3, over the Tacoma Rainiers Tuesday night. The Aces scored three in the fourth inning courtesy of a Kevin Cron 2-run home run followed by a Marty Herum sacrifice fly a few batters later. Yasmany Tomas drove in the fourth run the very next inning on an RBI-single.
The Rainiers cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI-single off the bat of center fielder Mallex Smith. However, it was not enough as the Aces bullpen was able cut the Rainiers rally short. Lefty Marc Rzepczynski came in and got two big outs in the seventh inning lowering his ERA to 1.72 on the year. Rubby De La Rosa threw a scoreless eighth and Jimmie Sherfy closed the door in the ninth to send Aces fans home happy. It is Sherfy’s fourth save in his last four appearances and his PCL leading seventh overall. Reno is back in action Wednesday night at 6:05 p.m. with right-hander Matt Koch making his first start of the season for the Aces.
Top Performers - Reno
• Kevin Cron (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R)
• Jimmie Sherfy (S, 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 K)
• Justin Donatella (W, 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 K)
Top Performers – Tacoma
• Ryan Court (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R)
• Mallex Smith (3-for-5, RBI)
• Ian Miller (1-for-4, R)
Notes & Information
Clarke’s First Start: Right-hander Taylor Clarke made his first career Major League start today in Tampa Bay for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Clarke got the loss but had a quality start in the process. He went six innings surrendering just two runs while giving up seven hits and striking out two. Clarke earned his 40th career MiLB win on May 1 versus Las Vegas. With the Aces, he is 19-11 with a 4.40 ERA over 210.2 innings pitched and 173 strikeouts across three seasons.
Marty Party: Marty Herum came into last night’s game against Sacramento with no home runs and one RBI across the season with the Aces. Over his last two games, the Minnesota native is 3-for-7 with a home run, four RBI, and a run scored.