The Reno Aces are in the midst of playing their best baseball of the season. The club came into Friday night’s game against Colorado Springs winners of seven straight, and despite dropping the the finale 13-3 at home, they continue to climb in the standings.
After finishing the week (July 30-Aug.5) 4-2, Reno remains in second place in the PCL Pacific Northern division at 58-55, just six games back of Fresno entering Monday night.
Despite a 12-9 loss on Sunday to Oklahoma City, Ildemaro Vargas extended his hit-streak to 31 games, tying the franchise-best mark. Vargas’ single brought him even with former Ace Jake Elmore, who reached the 31-game mark in 2012.
The 31-game streak is good for the longest hit streak in the Pacific Coast League and tied for the second longest in the PCL in the last 10 seasons. During the streak, Vargas is batting .375, (53-for-138), with 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, 14 RBIs and an OBP of .433. There have only been five players in Aces history with streaks of 20 plus games. Jake Elmore (31, 2012), Ildemaro Vargas (31, 2018), Tony Abreu (24, 2011), Chris Owings (23, 2013), and Ketel Marte (22, 2017).
Since 2009, only two players in the PCL have recorded hit streaks of 30 or more.
With less than a month to play in the season, the Aces will look to continue their winning ways in hopes of catching first-place Fresno in the standings. They hosted Oklahoma City Monday and Tuesday before playing a four-games series in Las Vegas beginning tomorrow. The team returns home Monday for its second to last home stand of the season.