The road was cruel to the Aces last season, and it wasn’t warming up this year. Not until their most recent trip anyway.
Highlighted by a four-game sweep at New Orleans, Reno put the finishing touches on a winning road trip Monday morning at Round Rock.
Reno (24-25) still sits in second place in the Pacific Northern Division after the successful road trip and has pulled within 5.5 games of first-place Tacoma. The Aces are actually the only second-place team in the Pacific Coast League with a losing record. Omaha (25-22), Round Rock (27-22) and Las Vegas (27-22) are all second best in their respective divisions.
The Aces come home to Greater Nevada Field on Tuesday night, opening an eight-game home stand. They will play four against Las Vegas and four against Salt Lake followed by an off day and a 12-game road trip.
Reno struggled against both Las Vegas and Salt Lake last year, going 5-11 against the 51s and 6-10 against the Bees. The Aces are 0-3 against the Bees this year but are yet to play the 51s.
Last week: 5-2
Upcoming Schedule (May 31-June 6)
May 31: HOME vs Las Vegas 7:05 pm
June 1: HOME vs Las Vegas 7:05 pm
June 2: HOME vs Las Vegas 7:05 pm
June 3: HOME vs Las Vegas 7:05 pm
June 4: HOME vs Salt Lake 7:05 pm
June 5: HOME vs Salt Lake 1:05 pm
June 6: HOME vs Salt Lake 7:05 pm
-OF Peter O’Brien, 25, had an up and down week. Literally. The Diamondbacks’ No. 7 prospect was called up on Friday for the second time of his career. He struck out in a pinch hit at bat in his first game, a 10-3 home loss to the Padres. He was sent back to Reno on Sunday evening. O’Brien is hitting .306 with Reno this year. His 12 home runs are tied for second in the Pacific Coast League, his 32 RBIs are tied for eighth and his 104 total bases are second.
-RHP Archie Bradley, 23, was called up to Arizona already for the third time of the season on Sunday. He took the ball on Sunday and notched career high in innings pitched (7.1) and strikeouts (9), leading the D-backs to a 6-3 home win over the Padres. Bradley was charged with three runs (all earned) on four hits and one walk. With the Aces this year, Bradley is 5-1 with a 1.99 ERA.
-RHP Josh Collmenter, 30, finished his rehab stint in Reno and was called up to the show on Friday. One of Arizona’s best relievers over the last handful of seasons, Collmenter appeared in three games with the aces. He allowed one run on seven hits over 7.1 innings. He wasn’t particularly sharp however, only striking out one more batter (6) than he walked (5).
-Tuffy Gosewisch. Not only does the 32-year-old catcher have one of the better names you’ll ever see in professional baseball, he hit a solo home run in the top of the 11th inning on Sunday to give Reno a 7-6 win at Round Rock.
-Clutch hitting. The Aces were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position in Saturday’s 4-3 loss at Round Rock. The rough night with men primed to cross the plate came 24 hours after the Aces were 1-for-7 with RISP in a 3-2 loss to the Express.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 30-20
Reno Aces (ARI) 24-25
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 22-27
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 21-30
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 27-21
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 27-22
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 25-22
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 22-28
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 26-22
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 25-22
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 22-26
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 21-25
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 29-20
Round Rock Express (TEX) 27-22
New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 21-28
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 19-28
*All stats and standings are as of Sunday, May 29.