Reno is a mediocre 4-6 over its last 10 games but the thought of finishing last in the Pacific Northern division is becoming increasingly realistic.
Fresno and Sacramento continued their torrid month of baseball and continued to separate themselves from Reno and Tacoma although the Grizzlies have all but secured the division title. Fresno (78-49) sits comfortably in first place with a 14 game lead over Sacramento (65-63) which is on a 13-game winning streak. The River Cats haven’t made up much ground, however, because Fresno has won nine of its last 10.
The Aces (61-67) trail Fresno by 17.5 games while Tacoma (60-68) remains in the division cellar, 19 games back of Fresno.
Reno opened an eight-game homestand on Sunday and will play 11 of its final 15 games at home before ending the season Monday, Sept. 7 against El Paso.
Last week: 4-6
At Home: 33-27
On the Road: 28-40
Weekly schedule (Aug. 25-Aug. 31)
Aug. 25: HOME vs. Nashville, 7:05 p.m.
Aug. 26: HOME vs. Nashville, 7:05 p.m.
*Seniors Eat Free
Aug. 27: HOME vs. Memphis, 7:05 p.m.
*Coors Light Thirsty Thursday
Aug. 28: HOME vs. Memphis, 7:05 p.m.
*Saint Mary’s Fireworks Friday
Aug. 29: HOME vs. Memphis, 7:05 p.m.
*Tin Lunchbox Giveaway
Aug. 30: HOME vs. Memphis, 1:05 p.m.
*Circus Circus Family Sunday
Aug. 31: AWAY @ Sacramento, 7:05 p.m.
-Left-handed pitcher Matt Reynolds was recalled by Arizona. Reynolds is 3-6 with a 5.58 ERA in 50 innings with the Aces. It will be the southpaw’s second stint in the bigs this year. He struck out two in one scoreless inning for the Diamondbacks earlier this month.
-Left-handed pitcher Justin Marks (5-8 with 5.67 ERA) was reinstated from the seven-day designated list to replace Reynolds on the roster.
-Catcher Gerald Laird was reinstated from a MLB rehab assignment then designated for assignment. Laird was 4-for-15 in his time with the Aces. He was hitless in two at bats with the Diamondbacks.
Big bats. Three Reno Aces are climbing the ranks for season-single RBI leaders. Mike Jacobs is the franchise leader with 97 RBI in 2014 and with his two RBI yesterday, Jamie Romak is now tied with Cody Ransom (2011) for second-most all-time at 92 RBI. Peter O’Brien (88) is fifth, and Nick Evans (82) is seventh for their current RBI totals in 2015.
Picking up the pitching. A rare oddity occured Friday night when the Aces allowed only two runs but still lost. The difference in the Aces record when they allow 3 or fewer runs compared to 4 or more is staggering. When Reno allows 3 or fewer runs, like last night, they’re 42-6. When the opponent scores at least 4 runs, the Aces are 19-59.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 78-49
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 65-64
Reno Aces (ARI) 61-67
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 60-69
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 71-58
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 69-59
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 55-74
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 51-78
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 78-50
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 70-57
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 71-58
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 54-74
Round Rock Express (TEX) 70-59
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 65-54
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 59-70
New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 51-78
*All statistics and records are through Sunday, Aug. 23