Catching up with the Aces: Danny Dorn

First baseman Danny Dorn spent over nine years playing ball in the minors before finally getting the chance to play in the big leagues this season. The D-Backs called him up on April 21, and he debuted that night against the Texas Rangers. Facing right-hander Keona Kela in his first career plate appearance — a pinch-hit at-bat — Dorn was able to work a walk. He recorded his first career hit with a single against the Dodgers on May 1, and then eight days later, Dorn drove in two RBI with a two-out double in the ninth off of San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel to tie the game at four.

In his second game after being optioned back to Reno, Dorn made history with his walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning against El Paso on May 13. It was his first walk-off homer of his professional career. To Dorn’s memory, the only other walk-off blast of his career came during his junior year at Cal State Fullerton.

Aces: Danny, you’re back in Reno where you were finding success last year and you’re under Phil Nevin for the second consecutive season. What’s it like to play for a guy who attended Cal State Fullerton just like you?

Danny Dorn: It’s great. I mean, we have that Cal State Fullerton connection, and I’ve played for him for the last two-and-a-half years. He’s great to play for. You come in, you work hard, he’s going to take care of you, and he played the game for a long time and had a lot of success. Now he’s passing that onto us. He’s got our back.

Aces: Last season was cut short for you because of a shoulder injury, but this year you’ve been healthy and boy, are you raking at the plate. 11 multi-hit games in 13 starts here for the Aces. What’s working for you right now at the dish?

DD: I just come in every day, prepare myself, get ready. You know, whatever you did yesterday doesn’t matter. It’s a long season. A lot of ups and downs and you just try to be consistent the best you can. Coming in, working with G, he’s great. Prepare yourself and go out and compete.

Aces: You hit .474 in your first 10 games here and then you got that first call to the Major Leagues. Nine plus seasons in the minors. Who were the first people that you contacted and what was said when you received word from Nevin that “Hey, pack your bags. You’re going to Arizona”?

DD: My first phone call was to my wife. She was back home in Kentucky actually working. I called her, and sometimes she doesn’t pick up because she’s busy.

Aces: This is a pretty important phone call.

DD: Yeah, I’ve been waiting a long time to make this phone call, and I just told her hey, we’re going to Phoenix. She started screaming and yelling. Then I called my parents. Called my dad. That was awesome. It’s just as much for them as it was for me. They’ve watched every single game on the computer and followed my career, the ups and downs, the struggles. I was really happy for them just as much for myself.

Aces: You got called up about three weeks ago, and then you actually debuted that night in pinch-hitting role. That was your primary role with the D-Backs while you were there. You walked in your first at-bat. How surreal was it just to go from playing in front of 3-to-9,000 fans to 35,000?

DD: It’s awesome. I mean, that’s why we play this game. You watch the games on TV when you’re little league growing up and you want to be a Major League baseball player. Going out on the field that first time looking at the stadium, you just want to enjoy the moment and take it all in. Then go out and perform and do the best you can.

Aces: You held your own in that pinch-hitting role. You went 3-for-9, a couple of RBIs. Your last at-bat in the big leagues, at least right now, was a two-strike, two-out, game-tying pinch-hit double off one of Major League Baseball’s best closers in Craig Kimbrel. What was that at-bat like? What was going through your mind?

DD: They told me I was going to hit for the pitcher in that spot. We were down two and just started mentally preparing, knowing that if I got up, there was going to be a couple guys on. You know, [Kimbrel]’s unbelievable, one of the best pitchers in baseball, unbelievable stuff. I just tried to stay short as I could and luckily I got the pitch down in the zone, got the barrel to it somehow. He’s got wipe-out stuff, and I was just glad to get that double in there and be able to tie the game up.

Aces: Were you pretty fired up when you got to second base?

DD: Oh yeah, you look in the dugout, see all your teammates going crazy and your coaches. I just got out there and started smiling because I knew it was a big hit and we had a chance to win the game there. That’s all you want to do, perform and come up in the clutch.

Aces: Danny, you’ve picked up where you left off. Three games back, all multi-hit performances, a walk-off home run a couple of nights ago. What was that experience like for you, your first one in your professional career.

DD: It was fun. You just try to get a good pitch and I hit it. Saw it go out. Once I hit third base I came around to home plate and saw all my teammates there waiting for me. As soon as I hit home plate they started beating me up pretty good. It was a lot of fun.

Reno Aces Game Information: Salt Lake Bees (17-21) at Reno Aces (18-20)

Game notes: May 19 vs. SL

Lineups: 5-19-15, also can be found on Twitter (@RenoAces_PR) and renoaces.com

Game #39: Salt Lake Bees (17-21) at Reno Aces (18-20)
Pitching Matchup: LHP Adam Wilk (2-2, 4.41) vs. RHP Gabriel Arias (1-0, 1.69)
Time: 11:05 AM PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM
TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 10:05 a.m.
  • Education Day presented by KNPB
  • Two-for-$22 Tuesday presented by KTVN Channel 2 News – 2 general admission tickets, 2 hot dogs and 2 small sodas for $22

From the Notes

Dorn at Home: It’s becoming somewhat of a surprise when Reno first baseman Danny Dorn records an out at the plate. The left-handed-hitting 30-year-old notched three more hits last night in the originally scheduled game after failing to record a hit in a pinch-hit at-bat during the suspended affair. Dorn now has 13 multi-hit games in 16 games (14 starts) and his batting aver­age sits at a nifty .517. At Aces Ballpark, Dorn is hitting a robust .594 (19-for-32) with multi-hit games in each of his eight starts there.

Be Like Mike: The next hottest hitter outside of Danny Dorn is utilityman Mike Freeman. He has been on a tear in the month of May, batting .421 (24-for-57) in 16 games with 17 runs, 7 RBI, 2 doubles and 1 triple. He’s also swiped four of the Aces’ seven stolen bases in the month..

What’s the word around Reno?

True Gravity Baseball (@TGB_40Forty)
TGB client Nick Evans (@Aces ARZ AA), .395 in last 10 gms. Last 3 – 2 HRs,10 RBIs & 4 extra base hits. Season Av .280 http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=452783#/gamelogs/R/hitting/2015/MINORS …

Reno Aces Game Information: Salt Lake Bees (15-21) at Reno Aces (18-18)

Game notes: May 18 vs. SL

Game #37/38: Salt Lake Bees (15-21) at Reno Aces (18-18)
Pitching Matchup G2: RHP Zach Stewart (1-2, 3.79) vs. LHP Robbie Ray (1-3, 4.56)
Suspended Game Resumes: 5:00 PM PST
Game 2 (Full 9 Innings): 30 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game, but no earlier than 6:35 PM PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM
TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
  • Dollar Menu Monday presented by Great Basin Federal Credit Union – $1 Hot Dogs

From the Notes

Worth Every Penny: Shortstop Danny Worth has been on a hot streak since the month of May started. Through 13 games in May, Worth is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with 9 runs scored, 5 RBI, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 7 walks. Of the 13 games, he has 6 multi-hit games.

Danny Being Danny: It’s becoming somewhat of a surprise when Reno first baseman Danny Dorn records an out at the plate. The left-handed-hitting 30-year-old notched two more hits last night, giving him 12 multi-hit games in 14 games (13 starts). His batting average “dropped” to .509 after only going 2-for-5.

Suspended a Good Thing? The Aces have had suspended games twice in franchise history. Both times they went on to win the suspended game the next day, and continued on to win the regularly-scheduled game as well. The first was July 16, 2012 at Tucson when they picked up the suspended game the following day and won, 4-1. They then won the nightcap, 3-1. The second was August 8, 2013 vs. Memphis. They won the suspended game the following day, 5-2, and went on to win the second game, 11-3.

Mike Likes May: Like his teammate Danny Worth, Mike Freeman has been on a tear in the month of May. The left-handed-hitting utilityman is batting .412 (21-for-51) in 13 games with 12 runs, 7 RBI, 2 doubles and 1 triple. He’s also swiped three bases in the month, accounting for half of the Aces’ stolen bases in May.

What’s the word around Reno?

RGJ.com (@rgj)
Photos: Reno Aces Star Wars Night 2015 http://on.rgj.com/1dcLWhT 

Reno Aces Game Information: Salt Lake Bees (15-21) at Reno Aces (18-18)

Game notes: May 17 vs. SL

 Lineups: 5-17-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #37: Salt Lake Bees (15-21) at Reno Aces (18-18)
Pitching Matchup: LHP Andrew Heaney (5-0, 3.62) vs. LHP Vidal Nuño (3-2, 3.23)
Time: 1:05 PM PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM
TV: My 21 / MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 12:05 p.m.
  • Circus Circus Family Sunday featuring Baseball Bingo
  • Kids Eat Free for the first 500 kids (12 and under) presented by Sam’s Club, Kimmie Candy Company & 106.9 MORE FM
  • Kids Run the Bases presented by KTVN Channel 2 News
  • Youth Baseball & Softball Day presented by KNPB

From the Notes

Worth Every Penny: Shortstop Danny Worth has been on a hot streak since the month of May started. Through 13 games in May, Worth is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with 9 runs scored, 5 RBI, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 7 walks. Of the 13 games, he has 6 multi-hit games.

Danny Being Danny: It’s becoming somewhat of a surprise when Reno first baseman Danny Dorn records an out at the plate. The left-handed-hitting 30-year-old notched two more hits last night, giving him 12 multi-hit games in 14 games (13 starts). His batting average “dropped” to .509 after only going 2-for-5.

Seeing Six: Nick Evans’ six-RBI game last night was the fifth time he’s recorded six RBI in a single game over the course of his career. He last completed the feat on April 11, 2008 while playing for the New York Mets’ Double-A affiliate, Binghamton, in an Eastern League game at Erie.

Mike Likes May: Like his teammate Danny Worth, Mike Freeman has been on a tear in the month of May. The left-handed-hitting utilityman is batting .412 (21-for-51) in 13 games with 12 runs, 7 RBI, 2 doubles and 1 triple. He’s also swiped three bases in the month, accounting for half of the Aces’ stolen bases in May.

What’s the word around Reno?

KTVN Channel 2 News (@KTVN)
There were 9,883 fans at the Reno Aces game yesterday! Dallas will have highlights from today’s game tonight. http://tinyurl.com/m2vvwvp

Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun)
BREAKING: Someone who is not @iLLJAY_SiNG just hit a grand slam in the PCL, and life is now very confusing. (It was @Aces‘ Nick Evans.)

Reno Aces Game Information: Salt Lake Bees (15-20) at Reno Aces (17-18)

Game notes: May 16 vs. SL

 Lineups: 5-16-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #36: Salt Lake Bees (15-20) at Reno Aces (17-18)|
Pitching Matchup: RHP Drew Rucinski (0-2, 6.00) vs. RHP Caleb Clay (3-1, 5.06)
Time: 6:35 PM PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM
TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 5:35 p.m.
  • Star Wars Night presented by Reno News & Review – jersey auction benefiting Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation
  • Bully’s Friends & Family Night presented by Reno News & Review – right field reserved ticket, Bully’s wings voucher and a free Aces hat for just $17. This deal is not available on the day of the game and needs to be purchased in advance. Wings vouchers can be redeemed at any of the seven Bully’s locations in the area
  • Super Saturday presented by KOLO 8 News Now
  • Post-Game Fireworks
  • Youth Baseball & Softball Day presented by KNPB

From the Notes

Proving He’s Worth-y: Shortstop Danny Worth has been on a hot streak since the month of May started. Through 12 games in May, Worth is hitting .432 (16-for-37) with 7 runs scored, 4 RBI, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 6 walks. Of the 12 games, he has 6 multi-hit games.

Cake For Jake: The ninth inning has been dominated by Reno closer Jake Barrett as of late. Since his first and only blown save of the season on April 19 at home vs. Albuquerque, the burly right-hander has racked up seven saves in 10 appearances, spanning 11 innings. He’s given up just five hits and five walks during that time frame while striking out 12 batters. In total, Barrett is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA (3 ER in 16 IP) in 15 games, having converted 9 of 10 save opportunities.

Mike Feeling Free: Like his teammate Danny Worth, Mike Freeman has been on a tear in the month of May. The left-handed-hitting utilityman is batting .404 (19-for-47) in 13 games with 10 runs, 4 RBI, 2 doubles and 1 triple. He’s also swiped three bases in the month, accounting for half of the Aces’ stolen bases in May.

What’s the word around Reno?

Aces Communications (@RenoAces_PR)
Transactions: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been added to the @Aces roster. RHP Myles Smith transferred from Reno to Hillsboro.

#VoteDbacks (@Dbacks)
The #Dbacks option LHP Vidal Nuño to the Triple-A Reno @Aces. A corresponding move will be made before tomorrow’s game.

Reno Aces Game Information: El Paso Chihuahuas (19-16) at Reno Aces (17-18)

Game notes: May 15 vs. ELP

 Lineups: 5-15-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #36: El Paso Chihuahuas (19-16) at Reno Aces (17-18)
Pitching Matchup: LHP Jason Lane (3-2, 4.60) vs. RHP Troy Marks (0-0, 9.00)
Time: 6:35 PM PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM
TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 5:35 p.m.
  • Saint Mary’s Fireworks Friday presented by KRNV News 4
  • Scout Night presented by KNPB
  • Kids Run the Bases presented by KTVN Channel 2 News

From the Notes

Proving He’s Worth-y: Shortstop Danny Worth has been on a hot streak since the month of May started. Through 12 games in May, Worth is hitting .432 (16-for-37) with 7 runs scored, 4 RBI, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 6 walks. Of the 12 games, he has 6 multi-hit games.

Mike Feeling Free: Like his teammate Danny Worth, Mike Freeman has been on a tear in the month of May. The left-handed-hitting utilityman is batting .404 (19-for-47) in 13 games with 10 runs, 4 RBI, 2 doubles and 1 triple. He’s also swiped three bases in the month, accounting for half of the Aces’ stolen bases in May.

What’s the word around Reno?

FreightHouseDistrict (@FreightHouseRNO)
Twice on Sundays playing this Saturday at Reno Aces Ballpark. Join us for fun, food, and baseball. #renoacesballpark http://fb.me/7hqTC9CfQ

#VoteDbacks (@Dbacks)
Yasmany Tomás has been scratched from tonight’s #Dbacks lineup due to illness.

Reno Aces Game Information: El Paso Chihuahuas (19-15) at Reno Aces (16-18)

Game notes: May 14 vs. ELP

 Lineups: 5-14-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #35: El Paso Chihuahuas (19-15) at Reno Aces (16-18)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Daniel McCutchen (0-2, 5.51) vs. RHP Gabriel Arias (0-0, 0.00)
Time: 11:35 AM PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM
TV: My 21 / MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 10:35 a.m.
  • Education Day presented by KNPB

From the Notes

What A Relief: After Robbie Ray lasted just one full inning last night, departing with the Aces down 2-0 after one frame, it was up to Reno’s bullpen to keep the game tight. They did just that, combining to throw nine shutout innings. Willy Paredes was the first of the five relievers to take the bump, and the righty delivered four innings, allowing four hits and four walks while ringing up four batters. Right-hander Tim Crabbe threw two scoreless before Evan Marshall, Dan Runzler and Kevin Munson blanked the Chihuahuas over the final three innings.

By the Numbers – 1: The Aces’ dramatic 4-2 win last night resulted in a lot of firsts. It marked the first time Reno has won (now 1-17) when trailing after six and seven innings, and it was also the first time they’ve won when they’ve been out-hit by their opponent. Not to be forgotten, it was also Danny Dorn’s first career walk-off home run.

What’s the word around Reno?

MiLB.com (@MiLB)
#Dbacks farmhand Danny Dorn caps three-hit night with walk-off homer, hasn’t missed a beat since returning to @Aces. http://atmilb.com/1IzHZAF 

Patrick Corbin (@PatrickCorbin46)
@MiLB @Aces #CallHimUp

Reno Aces Game Information: El Paso Chihuahuas (19-14) at Reno Aces (15-18)

Game notes: May 13 vs. ELP

 Lineups: 5-13-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #34: El Paso Chihuahuas (19-14) at Reno Aces (15-18)
Pitching Matchup: RHP James Needy (3-2, 7.22) vs. LHP Robbie Ray (1-3, 4.01)
Time: 6:35 PM PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM
TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 5:35 p.m.
  • Senior’s Eat Free Wednesday presented by Sam’s Club – first 250 over the age of 50
  • AARP Boomer BOGO – fans over the age of 50 can use the promo code Boomer BOGO at the Aces’ Ticket Office or over the phone at 775-334-7050

From the Notes

(Reno Aces Baseball) Club Going Up, On a Tuesday: With a win last night, the Aces improved to 4-1 on Tuesday games.

Worth Your While: Shortstop Danny Worth has been on a hot streak since the month of May started. In 10 games in May, Worth is hitting .469 (15-for-32) with 6 runs scored, 4 RBI, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 1 triple and 6 walks. Of the 10 games, he has 6 multi-hit games. The .469 average is the second-highest in the PCL during that span.

Double Trouble: For the third time this year, Reno collected four doubles in a game. Nick Evans joined teammates Peter O’Brien and Jamie Romak as the only Aces with two doubles in one game.

What’s the word around Reno?

RGJ.com (@RGJ)
Prosperous seventh inning propels Reno Aces to a win http://on.rgj.com/1KHQ5o5 

Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB)
#Dbacks LHP Vidal Nuno had some issues on the way to the ballpark Monday. http://atmlb.com/1bNYTNu 

Reno Aces Game Information: El Paso Chihuahuas (19-13) at Reno Aces (14-18)

Game notes: May 12 vs. ELP

 Lineups: 5-12-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #33: El Paso Chihuahuas (19-13) at Reno Aces (14-18)
Pitching Matchup: LHP Robbie Erlin (4-2, 4.96) vs. LHP Justin Marks (3-3, 6.21)
Time: 6:35 PM PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM
TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 5:35 p.m.
  • Two-for-$22 Tuesday presented by KTVN Channel 2 News – 2 general admission tickets, 2 hot dogs and 2 small sodas for $22

From the Notes

Ro-smack: Aces infielder Jamie Romak enjoyed the confines of Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, homering three times in four games while helping Reno to a series win. He is currently riding a six-game hitting streak where he’s hit .350 (7-for-20) with 10 RBI and seven runs scored.

Cake For Jake: The ninth inning has been dominated by Reno closer Jake Barrett as of late. Since his first and only blown save of the season on April 19 at home vs. Albuquerque, the burly right-hander has racked up five saves in eight appearances, spanning nine innings. He’s given up just three hits and three walks during that time frame while striking out 10 batters. In total, Barrett is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA (2 ER in 14 IP) in 13 games, having converted 7 of 8 save opportunities.

Weber (Grill) Blazing Hot: Garrett Weber has been on fire for the Aces. He’s riding a 13-game hitting streak in which he’s hitting .353 (18-for-51) with 5 RBI, 11 runs scored, 2 home runs, 2 doubles and 2 triples. He has hit safely in 22 of 25 games he has appeared in this year. In two of those games he appeared as a pinch-hitter. Weber also has a 16-game on-base streak, eclipsing the previous long of 15 games set by Jamie Romak.

What’s the word around Reno?

Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro)
Besides Randy Johnson’s 7 IP “relief” outing in 2001, which was kind of a start, Vidal Nuno’s 6 2/3 IP tonight longest by Dbacks reliever.

Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB)
#Dbacks to use Vidal Nuno as long man out of the bullpen for right now. Hale says wants Marshall to continue to iron on difficulties in AAA

Reno Aces Game Information: Sacramento River Cats (15-12) at Reno Aces (10-17)

Game notesMay 7 vs. SAC

Lineups: 5-7-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #28: Sacramento River Cats (15-12) at Reno Aces (10-17)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Austin Fleet (1-1, 5.14) vs. LHP Justin Marks (2-3, 7.52)
Time: 6:35 PM PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM
TV: My 21/MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 5:35 p.m.
  • Coors Light Thirsty Thursday presented by Coors Light, Reno News & Review & Lotus Radio – $2 Coors Light (until mid-5th) & $2 small sodas (all game)
  • Adult Run the Bases presented by Total Wine & More

From the Notes

O’Brien’s Day: It was Nuño’s day on the bump, and it was again O’Brien’s day at the plate yesterday in the Aces’ 6-3 win. The slugger hit a sacrifice fly in the third to pull the Aces within one run of Sacramento, 3-2. He then tied the game at three with a solo shot off of Kevin Correia to open the bottom of the sixth. O’Brien’s last at-bat may have been his best, when he fouled off a number of pitches before lining the 10th pitch of his at-bat vs. Juan Gutierrez to the right-center gap, scoring Garrett Weber and giving Reno their first lead, 4-3, in the eighth. It was the fourth 3-RBI game of the season for O’Brien.

By The Numbers – 2:18: Yesterday’s afternoon affair was completed in a tidy 2 hours, 18 minutes. It was the quickest nine-inning game for the Aces this season. However, the game was longer than last year’s quickest (April 11 at El Paso, completed in 2:06).

What’s the word around Reno?

#VoteDbacks (@Dbacks)
VIDEO: @RobbieRay struck out 5 over 6 innings in his #Dbacks premiere: http://atmlb.com/1EksepR

Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro)
Robbie Ray’s night is over. His Dbacks debut went really well. His line: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.

Robbie Ray (@RobbieRay)
Thanks for all the support today! Felt great to be out there.. #GodIsGood #dbacks

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