Peter O’Brien deposited the first pitch 12th inning’s bottom half over the fence in left on Sunday to give the Aces a 1-0 walk off win over Albuquerque.
It was Reno’s second walk off win over the Isotopes in four days and just the second 1-0 game in Greater Nevada Field history.
O’Brien’s bomb put an exclamation point on a 5-3 home stand. The Aces start their second road trip of the season, a 12-gamer, on Monday in Fresno. They will also play four-game sets at Salt Lake and Sacramento before returning to Reno on Saturday, May 14 for the only series of the year against Iowa.
Last season, Reno was 8-8 against Fresno, 6-10 against Salt Lake, 10-6 against Sacramento and 3-1 against Iowa.
Last week: 3-3
Upcoming Schedule (May 3-9)
May 3: AWAY @ Fresno 6:35 p.m.
May 4: AWAY @ Fresno 6:35 p.m.
May 5: AWAY @ Fresno 12:05 p.m.
May 6: AWAY @ Salt Lake 5:35 p.m.
May 7: AWAY @ Salt Lake 5:35 p.m.
May 8: AWAY @ Salt Lake 12:05 p.m.
May 9: AWAY @ Salt Lake 5:35 p.m.
-LHP Edwin Escobar was claimed by the Diamondbacks off waivers from Boston and sent to Reno. Escobar, 24, was once rated a Top 100 prospect in all of baseball by multiple outlets but has since struggled. He owned a 5.07 ERA over 49.2 innings last season with Triple-A Pawtucket. Control was his biggest issue. He walked 25 batters compared with just 24 strikeouts. He pitched seven scoreless innings with Pawtucket this season before getting designated for assignment.
-RHP Matt Buschmann, 32, was designated for assignment. Buschmann was a feel-good story at the start of the season, finally making his Major League debut after spending 10 years in the minors. He made three appearances with Arizona, allowing one run on two hits over 4.1 innings. He had less success in Reno, however, compiling an 0-2 record with 5.56 ERA in 11.1 innings before getting waived.
-RHP Matt Capps, 32, was brought off the disabled list to the active roster. Capps missed all of last season with injury issues before signing a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks in February. He made his Aces debut on Sunday, throwing a scoreless top of the 12th against Albuquerque before Peter O’Brien blasted a walk off home run in the bottom of the inning. Capps was credited with the win.
Peter O’Brien. Arizona’s No. 7 prospect blasted the first pitch of the 12th inning over the tall wall in left at Greater Nevada Field to give the Aces a 1-0 win over Albuquerque on Sunday afternoon. O’Brien’s 100th minor league home run was his eight of the season—tied for the most in the Pacific Coast League with Tacoma’s Mike Zunino.
O’Brien was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week of Monday. Over the last week, he hit .500 (12-for-24) with four home runs, two doubles, one triple, 10 RBIs and seven runs scored. He wasn’t the only Ace to be recognized. RHP Braden Shipley, a Nevada product, was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week.
Shipley threw 13 scoreless innings in a pair of starts last week, allowing seven hits and three walks while fanning 13. Reno won in both of his starts (Tuesday vs. Fresno and Sunday vs. Albuquerque).
Late mojo. Reno is 0-13 this year when trailing after six innings.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 12-11
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 10-12
Reno Aces (ARI) 10-13
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 10-14
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 15-9
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 14-10
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 11-11
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 10-12
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 14-8
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 12-9
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 9-12
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 9-12
Round Rock Express (TEX) 12-10
New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 11-11
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 11-12
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 8-12
*All stats and standings are as of Sunday, May 1.