The Aces could not have scripted a better start to their season on Thursday night.
Archie Bradly was masterful on the bump. New shortstop Jack Reinheimer went 3-for-5 with a home run and 4 RBIs in the No. 3 spot. And the Aces rolled 8-0.
The following night was a different story. Reno committed three errors, walked eight batters and blew a 4-0 lead in an 8-6 loss to the Chihuahuas.
The scheduled Reno debut of former Wolf Pack pitcher Braden Shipley was postponed the next night, on Saturday, due to a rain. And on Sunday, Reno returned to Thursday’s form and wrapped up the series with El Paso with a 6-1 win.
The Aces conclude the season-opening home stand with four games against Albuquerque this week before starting their first road trip of the season on Friday at El Paso.
They’ll play eight games (four at El Paso, four at Albuquerque) then return back to Greater Nevada Field next Saturday, April 23 for a four-game set with Fresno, the defending Triple-A National champ.
Last week: 2-1
Upcoming Schedule (April 12-18)
April 12: HOME vs Albuquerque 6:35 p.m.
April 13: HOME vs Albuquerque 6:35 p.m.
April 14: HOME vs Albuquerque 12:05 p.m.
*Coors Light Thirsty Thursday
April 15: AWAY @ El Paso 6:05 p.m.
April 16: AWAY @ El Paso 6:05 p.m.
April 17: AWAY @ El Paso 12:05 p.m.
April 18: AWAY @ El Paso 5:35 p.m.
-RHP Matt Buschmann was called up from Reno to Arizona on Friday. Buschmann, 32, never pitched an inning for the Aces after getting acquired by the Diamondbacks as a free agent in December. Buschmann made his MLB debut on Sunday, throwing a scoreless inning in a 7-3 home loss to the Cubs.
-RHP Edgar Garcia, 28, was optioned to Reno from Arizona in Buschmann’s place. Garcia did not make an appearance for the Diamondbacks before starting for the Aces on Sunday. He went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits to pick up the victory in a 6-1 Reno win over El Paso. He did appear in six games with the Aces last year, starting in six games. He was 3-1 with a 4.91 ERA
Archie Bradley. Bradley doesn’t figure to spend much time in Reno this summer before getting called up to the big club and he showed why in Thursday’s season opener. Bradley, Arizona’s No. 2 prospect, allowed just two hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings as the Aces rolled 8-0 over El Paso.
Seth Jamieson. It’s a small sample size but the 27-year-old backup shortstop did not have a great first weekend of the season. He fanned in two of his first three at bats of the season and is still looking for his first knock.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 3-1
Reno Aces (ARI) 2-1
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 1-1
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 0-4
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 4-0
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 1-1
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 1-2
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 1-3
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 3-1
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 2-2
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 2-2
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 0-4
Round Rock Express (TEX) 4-0
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 2-2
New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 2-2
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 1-3
All stats and standings are as of Sunday, April 10