Not even Mother Nature could slow down Reno Aces shortstop Ildemaro Vargas.
Entering Saturday’s contest in Las Vegas, Vargas had hit safely in 34 consecutive games, the fifth longest mark in Pacific Coast League history. The Venezuela born star extended that streak to 35 games with a single on a hot Saturday evening before a freak dust storm overtook Cashman Field in the fifth inning, forcing the game to be suspended until Sunday.
However, Vargas’ streak would come to an end the next day after going 0-for-3 at the plate in a 3-1 loss to Vegas. The Aces also lost the suspended game 14-2 earlier in the evening.
The impressive a streak is an Aces franchise record, which saw him hit .363 (57-for-157) with 11 doubles, two triples, 15 RBIs and an OBP of .408.
As for the rest of the team, the losses came at a bad time for the club, who has a lot of work left to do if they are to overtake Fresno and reach the playoffs. Reno finished with a 3-3 mark last week (Aug. 6-12) and fell a game further back to the first-place Grizzlies, who have a seven-game lead in the Pacific Northern division.
Entering Monday, Reno has just 21 games left in the 2018 season and one remaining home stand after this week. The club is sitting at 61-58 overall and will host Sacramento and Salt Lake through Sunday.