No team in the Pacific Coast League is playing better baseball than the Aces right now.
Reno took three of four games at first-place Tacoma over the weekend and has now won 14 of its last 20 to pull within two games of the Rainiers in the Pacific Northern Division.
Now 15-16 away from Greater Nevada Field, the Aces continue their season-long 12-game road trip this week against Las Vegas and Albuquerque. Neither team has been particularly tough in its home park this season. Las Vegas is 16-14 at home and Albuquerque is 16-15.
Reno returns home next Tuesday for an eight-game home stand, starting with four against the 51s.
Last week: 4-2
Upcoming Schedule (June 13-20)
June 13: AWAY @ Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
June 14: AWAY @ Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
June 15: AWAY @ Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
June 16: AWAY @ Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
June 17: AWAY @ Albuquerque 6:05 p.m.
June 18: AWAY @ Albuquerque 6:05 p.m.
June 19: AWAY @ Albuquerque 5:05 p.m.
June 20: AWAY @ Albuquerque 11:05 p.m.
-RHP Zack Godley, 25, was called up to Arizona for a spot start on Saturday against Miami. Godley allowed two runs on four hits over six innings to pick up the victory in a 5-3 win. He struck out three and walked three. With the Aces, Godley is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts.
-OF Peter O’Brien, 25, was called up to Arizona for the second time this season. This stay figures to last much longer than his one-at-bat stint earlier this year. O’Brien has some of the best offensive numbers in the Pacific Coast League. He leads the circuit in home runs (17) and RBIs (52) while hitting .330. He went 0-for-4 with three strike outs in his first start on Friday, an 8-6 loss to the Marlins, but bounced back on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in a 6-0 win over the fish.
-OF Mitch Haniger, 25, was called up to Reno from Double-A Mobile to fill the roster void left by O’Brien. Haniger is off to a quick start in his first appearance the Triple-A level. He is batting .500 (5-for-10) with one home run, one double and four RBIs.
-Braden Shipley. The Nevada product allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings to lead the Aces to a 6-3 win at Tacoma on Sunday. The win secured a series victory against the first-place Rainiers, Reno’s third straight series win. It was Shipley’s second win in as many starts, after topping Tim Lincecum and the Bees of Salt Lake last Tuesday.
-Friday showings. Reno’s lone loss at Tacoma came on Friday, 2-0. The Aces are a lowly 1-8 when playing on Friday.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 35-27
Reno Aces (ARI) 33-29
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 25-35
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 26-37
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 36-25
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 33-29
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 30-30
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 28-34
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 31-29
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 29-31
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 27-30
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 27-34
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 38-24
Round Rock Express (TEX) 34-27
New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 30-31
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 25-34
*All stats and standings are as of Sunday, June 12.