.500 week leaves Aces two back of Rainiers
The Aces held their ground last week, splitting six games.
A six-run run rally on Saturday prevented Reno from dropping three of four to New Orleans, which has been one of the worst road teams in the Pacific Coast League through the first six weeks of the season.
By halving the four games at Greater Nevada Field, the Baby Cakes (yes, that’s their real mascot) are now 6-13 on the road. Only Round Rock (5-11) and Fresno (6-14) have been worse away from home.
The .500 week leaves the Aces two games back of Tacoma, and 6.5 games clear of third-place Sacramento.
Tacoma is a sub .500 team on the road, but is a PCL-best 16-4 at home. No other team has more than 13 home victories. The Rainiers will play 16 of their next 20 on the road.
Reno’s eight-game home stand ends on Thursday, giving way to an eight-game road trip with four at Omaha followed with four at Iowa.
Last week: 3-3
Upcoming Schedule (May 15-21)
May 15: HOME vs Round Rock 6:35 p.m.
May 16: HOME vs Round Rock 6:35 p.m.
May 17: HOME vs Round Rock 6:35 p.m.
May 18: HOME vs Round Rock 11:35 a.m.
May 19: AWAY at Omaha 5:05 p.m.
May 20: AWAY at Omaha 5:05 p.m.
May 21: AWAY at Omaha 12:05 p.m.
-LHP Brian Matusz, 30, was released. Matusz, a 2008 first-round pick by the Baltimore Orioles, has appeared in 280 major league games, compiling a 27-41 record with a 4.92 ERA. He appeared in one game for the World Series champion Cubs last year. New the Arizona organization this year, Matusz appeared in 11 games out of the bullpen with the Aces, going 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA over 17.2 innings.
-RHP Zack Godley, 27, was recalled by Arizona to make his second start of the season for the big club last Wednesday at home against Detroit. The Cubs’ 10th round draft pick in 2013 turned in one of his best big-league efforts, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings in a 7-1 victory. He struck out six and walked one. In Reno this year, Godley is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA over 24 innings.
-RHP Rubby De La Rosa, 28, was promoted to Reno from Single-A Vasalia. De La Rosa made his Aces debut on Thursday in a 7-4 loss to New Orleans at Greater Nevada Field. He retired the first two batters he faced in the seventh before allowing a solo home run that extended the Baby Cakes’ lead to 5-3. In 2012, De La Rosa was part of the trade that sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford from the Red Sox to the Dodgers.
Christian Walker. Arizona’s No. 30 ranked prospect became the third Aces player to hit for the cycle in Saturday night’s wild comeback over the Baby Cakes. Reno scored six times in the ninth to force extras before going on to walk off with an 11-10 win in extra innings. Walker finished 4-for-6 with five RBIs.
Kristopher Negron. Negron is 1 for his last 14, including an 0-for-8 stint in the Aces’ last road trip to Sacramento.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 23-12
Reno Aces (ARI) 22-15
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 15-21
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 15-22
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 21-16
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 19-17
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 17-20
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 15-22
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 21-11
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 18-17
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 18-17
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 15-20
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 24-13
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 15-18
Round Rock Express (TEX) 15-22
New Orleans Baby Cakes (MIA) 13-23
*All stats and standings are as of Sunday, May 14.