The all-star break appeared to be well-timed for the Aces, who have not been able to gather any traction in the month on July.
Reno is 4-6 since a 17-12 month of June and has tumbled to third place, 3.5 games back of first-place Tacoma and one back of Fresno.
The entire Triple-A circuit took Sunday and Monday off before the thumpers take the field in Charlotte Tuesday for the Home Run Derby and tomorrow for the Triple-A All-Star game. Kyle Jensen will partake in the Home Run Derby and start in the outfield for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A’s midsummer classic. Starting pitcher Braden Shipley and shortstop Jack Reinheimer will also join in the game.
Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch was voted to the all-star game as well, but has since been called up by Arizona and opted not to play.
Reno comes out of the break on Thursday, starting an eight-game home stand. The Aces will play four at Greater Nevada Field against Oklahoma City, followed by four against Colorado Springs. It’s the only time the Aces will see either of those squads this year.
Oklahoma City’s seven game lead atop the American Northern division is the largest in the PCL.
Last week: 3-4
Upcoming Schedule (July 12-18)
July 12: OFF (Triple-A Home Run Derby)
July 13: OFF (Triple-A All-Star Game)
July 14: HOME vs Oklahoma City, 7:05 p.m.
July 15: HOME vs Oklahoma City, 7:05 p.m.
July 16: HOME vs Oklahoma City, 7:05 p.m.
July 17: HOME vs Oklahoma City, 6:05 p.m.
July 18: HOME vs Colorado Springs 7:05 p.m.
-RHP Cameron Gann, 23, was transferred from Reno to Single-A Advanced Visalia. Gann’s stint in Reno was short, as he appeared in two games against Tacoma last week then was sent back down. In three innings, he allowed one run on two hits and one walk and four strikeouts.
-RHP Zack Godley, 26, was optioned from Arizona back to Reno. Godley is 2-0 with a 5.28 ERA over 15.1 innings (six appearances, two starts) with the Diamondbacks. He’s struck out 10 and walked eight. In Reno, he’s 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 25.2 innings of work. He’s struck out 29 and walked 15. Godley started for the Aces on Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits in just 1.2 innings as the Aces fell 4-3 to Fresno in the final game before the break.
-RHP Dominic Leone, 24, was called up to Arizona for the third time this season. With the big club, he’s allowed four runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. He threw 1.1 scoreless innings in a 6-2 loss at San Francisco on Friday. In Reno, Leone is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 30.1 innings.
-Mike Freeman. The Aces’ utility man had two hits in Saturday’s doubleheader at Fresno and now has 106 for the season (he’s batting .318). He’s the 12th player in franchise history to compile 100 hits before the all-star break. Adam Eaton owns the club record for most hits in a season, when he finished with 186 base knocks in 2012.
-Making contact. The Aces went down on strikes 22 times on Saturday as they were swept in a doubleheader at Fresno, their final two games before the all-star break. By dropping three of four games to the Grizzlies, Reno dropped to third place in the Pacific Northern division.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 49-40
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 46-42
Reno Aces (ARI) 46-44
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 38-53
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 53-37
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 46-43
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 42-46
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 37-53
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 52-37
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 44-43
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 41-50
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 38-51
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 49-42
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 45-44
Round Rock Express (TEX) 46-45
New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 43-45
*All stats and standings are as of Sunday, July 10.