Wins continue to pile up for Aces
Reno scored five times in the top of the eighth on Sunday in Sacramento to continue their early winning ways with a 6-5 victory.
It was the Arizona Triple-A affiliate’s second win of the season when trailing through seven innings, compared with 10 defeats.
The Aces have won five of seven to start May and 15 of their last 21. However, the Rainiers are doing just the same. Tacoma has won 15 of its last 22. The two squads are tied for first in the Pacific Northern Division, but the Rainiers own slightly better winning percentage.
The two rivals do not meet until June 5, when Reno flies to the Pacific Northwest for a four-game series that starts an 11-game road trip.
Once the Aces wrap up their four-game series in Sacramento on Tuesday, they return to Greater Nevada Field on Thursday to kick off an eight-game homestand with four against New Orleans, followed with four against Round Rock.
The upcoming home stint will melt away a stretch in which the Aces will play 17 of 21 games at Greater Nevada Field.
Last week: 5-2
Upcoming Schedule (May 8-14)
May 8: AWAY at Sacramento 7:05 p.m.
May 9: AWAY at Sacramento 12:05 p.m.
May 10: OFF
May 11: HOME vs New Orleans 6:35 p.m.
May 12: HOME vs New Orleans 6:35 p.m.
May 13: HOME vs New Orleans 6:35 p.m.
May 14: HOME vs New Orleans 1:05 p.m.
-OF Gregor Blanco, 33, was recalled by Arizona. Blanco developed a local following as a member of the Giants’ 2012 and 2014 World Series championship teams. Fans didn’t get a long look at him as he only appeared in one game with the Aces. He was on a rehab assignment, dealing with an oblique injury that affected him in spring training. Blanco suited up in Thursday’s 22-3 beat down of Salt Lake, going 2-for-5 with a walk and a pair of runs scored.
-RHP Braden Shipley, 25, was briefly called up to Arizona then sent back to Reno after a spot start at Washington, one of the best teams in baseball, on Thursday. The Nevada alum had command issues, allowing three runs on five hits over four innings and walking six. He took the loss in a 4-2 defeat. Max Scherzer won for the Nationals. In Reno this year, Shipley is 3-1 with a 4.18 ERA.
-RHP Enrique Burgos, 26, was activated from the disabled list. Burgos went 16 days between appearances for the Aces. Since his return, he’s thrown in two games, giving up two runs on three hits in three innings. In his fourth year in the Arizona organization, Burgos owns a 4.82 ERA in seven appearances out of the bullpen.
The entire lineup (on Thursday). In a rare weekday day game, Reno rewarded the 4,671 who showed up at Greater Nevada Field with an offensive clinic. Reno pounded out a franchise-high 26 hits and matched a franchise record for runs in a 22-3 rout of Salt Lake. The 19-run margin of victory was also a franchise record. The previous best was 16, in the Aces’ inaugural season (2009) at Tacoma.
Saturday streaking. Riding its second four-game winning streak of the season, Reno started a series at Sacramento on Saturday at fell 3-2. The Aces are 0-5 playing on Saturday this season. They are above .500 playing on every other day of the week.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 18-11
Reno Aces (ARI) 19-12
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 13-18
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 11-19
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 16-14
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 16-15
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 14-17
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 14-17
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 18-8
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 15-14
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 14-15
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 13-16
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 20-11
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 13-14
Round Rock Express (TEX) 13-18
New Orleans Baby Cakes (MIA) 11-19
*All stats and standings are as of Sunday, May 7.