The Reno Aces had a rough go of it last week and finished with a 2-5 record during the span of June 17-24. Reno won its first contest with Omaha at home on Sunday 8-6 before falling 6-4 and 9-2 the next two days.
The Aces returned home Monday evening after losing three out of four in Las Vegas. The lone win came in Anthony Vasquez’ start on Friday night. Over their four-game road trip Reno scored 22 runs, but allowed 27.
Coming into Monday, Socrates Brito had homered in two out of his last three games and has recorded a hit in 10 of his last 11 starts. Brito is having a career-year. In 59 games, the speedy outfielder is batting .353 with 16 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 40 RBI. Brito is 16-for-33 with 14 runs and four home runs in his last 10 games. He leads all Aces in hits, runs, RBI and home runs over the last 10 games. He leads the entire Pacific Coast League in batting with a .353 average and is fifth in slugging percentage with a .566 mark.
The club made a few roster moves over the weekend as the Arizona Diamondbacks recalled RHP Braden Shipley from Triple-A Reno. Following Saturday’s game, the D-backs optioned RHP Jake Barrett to Reno. Shipley, 26, is in his third stint with the D-backs this season. He has made 2 scoreless appearances (3.0 IP), both vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, on June 11 (1.2 IP) and June 12 (1.1 IP). Additionally, he was 3-4 with 1 save and a 6.40 ERA (32 ER in 45.0 IP) in 13 games (6 starts) with Reno, having been used exclusively out of the bullpen since May 22.
Reno is home this week for a brief four-game set with Salt Lake and will hit the road again Friday at Tacoma. The Aces still sit in third place in the PCL Pacific Northern Division at 34-42 entering Monday’s game after fourth place Sacramento lost its eighth straight game on Sunday.