Juniel Querecuto connected on his first home run with the Reno Aces in a 7-3 win over Tacoma on Wednesday at Greater Nevada Field. The Aces have won 10 out of their last 12 games.
Querecuto finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Nicknamed “JQ” has been a sparkplug since his call up from Double-A Jackson on June 8. He’s hitting .328 with 11 multi-hit games, and tied the Aces franchise record with five hits in a game on July 12.
Querecuto is comfortable with the quick infields and elevation in downtown Reno. He hit just .232 last season with the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
The Aces have been on a home run tear with eight in three games. They added four more on Wednesday.
Two round-trippers were courtesy of Yasmany Tomas, who made his 33rd start in left field. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Tomas formed a four of a kind with sluggers Kevin Cron, Christian Walker and Cody Decker. They started their second game together since June 5.
The friendly wind at Greater Nevada Field boosted Socrates Brito’s homer 438 feet to right. He has 12 homers this season.
Aces right-hander Jake Buchanan picked up his seventh win this season. He logged seven solid innings, surrendering one run on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Buchanan, who won a World Series ring with the Cubs in 2016, has 11 outings with six or more innings pitched. His steady fastball-change-up combo kept balls in the infield for most of the night.
Daniel Vogelbach was the sole producer offensively for Tacoma, who tallied just nine hits. The Mariners’ top prospect according to MLB Pipeline went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBIs. He’s hitting .636 (7-for-11) with four RBIs this series.
Rainiers starter Christian Bergman added his seventh loss this season. Bergman tossed 5.2 innings, surrendering five earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Notes: Aces reliever Braden Shipley struck out two Tacoma batters during Tuesday night’s 10-9 victory. His 192 strikeouts with Reno is third-most in Aces history. The Aces are 4-6 all-time in games played on July 18.
On Deck: The Aces (48-49) will face the Rainiers (51-46) for the final game of the four-game series Thursday at 7:05 p.m. In a pitching matchup between former big league pitchers, seteran big league reliever Neftali Feliz (3-3) will get his third start for the Aces this season and will face Rainiers Ross Detwiler (2-2), who has played for the Nationals, Rangers, Braves, Indians and the A’s. His Major League record is 23-41. He’s started 83 of his 189 big league games.