Maybe it was an upgrade in hotel pillows. Maybe it was a new brand of cereal added to the continental breakfast. Maybe it was a switching of bunk buddies Or maybe, just plain ol’ luck.
Whatever the reason, Reno is suddenly playing well on the road – a place that has haunted the Aces in recent history.
Reno started 8-3 on its recent 12-game road swing before ending the trip Monday in Albuquerque, sneaking within a game of first-place Tacoma. The Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate is now 20-18 away from home this year, only three teams in the PCL have more wins as guests.
In fact, only three teams in the PCL have more total wins than Reno (38-31).
The Aces, who are 18-13 at home, return to Greater Nevada Field tonight to square off with Las Vegas at 7:05 p.m. It is the first of a nine-game homestand.
Monday’s game at Albuquerque was getaway day so it started early. The Aces kept it rolling, sweeping the Isotopes for the first time in franchise history.
Aces (39-31) go 9-3 on 12-game road trip at Tacoma, Vegas and Albuquerque, pull 1/2 game within Tacoma. https://t.co/j4Q9Fzgxb4
— Nathan Shoup (@Trib_Shoup) June 20, 2016
Last week: 5-2
Upcoming Schedule (June 21-27)
June 21: HOME vs Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
June 22: HOME vs Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
June 23: HOME vs Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
June 24: HOME vs Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
June 25: HOME vs El Paso 7:05 p.m.
June 26: HOME DH vs El Paso 4:05 p.m.
June 27: HOME vs El Paso 7:05 p.m.
-LHP Andrew Chafin, 26, was promoted to Arizona. Chafin threw 7.2 scoreless innings for the Aces, surrendering just three hits. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter. He hasn’t had as much success with the Diamondbacks, however. With the big club, he is 0-1 with an 8.05 ERA in 19 innings of work.
-LHP Adam Loewen, 32, was activated from the DL. Loewen is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in 22.2 innings for the Aces this season. He’s appeared in 21 games with one start.
-RHP Zack Godley, 26, was recalled up by the Diamondbacks. In Reno, Godley is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings. In Arizona, Godley is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA over 7.2 innings. He’s appeared in three games.
-Braden Shipley. The former Wolf Pack star, 24, is giving the Arizona brass something to think about. Shipley is 3-0 in his last four starts, allowing nine runs over 28 innings (2.89 ERA). On Friday, he allowed just one run on five hits over eight innings in a 5-1 win at Albuquerque.
-Late bed times. Like all Pacific Coast League teams, the Aces play the majority of their games at night. In those games they are 24-28. That record isn’t horrible by any stretch, but in pales in comparison to their 14-3 mark in day games.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 39-30
Reno Aces (ARI) 38-31
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 31-37
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 28-43
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 40-29
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 36-33
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 33-35
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 31-39
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 37-31
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 31-36
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 30-35
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 30-38
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 42-29
Round Rock Express (TEX) 38-31
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 32-35
New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 32-36
*All stats and standings are as of Sunday, June 19.