What more are the Aces supposed to do?
The Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate started the second half of the season three games back of Tacoma, the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate. You would think winning 14 of 18 after the all-star break would erase that gap, if not push the Aces in front. You would be wrong.
After besting Fresno 12-7 at Greater Nevada Field on Sunday night, Reno still found itself three games back of Tacoma, which has been just has hot since the Triple-A midsummer classic in Charlotte, N.C. The Aces improved to 60-48 with the win, becoming the fifth team in the PCL to reach the 60-win threshold.
Reno finishes up its current eight-game home stand Tuesday night at home against Fresno before heading to Salt Lake for a quick five-game road trip.
The Aces will play their final 36 games in 36 days to attempt to catch the Rainiers – nine of those games are against the Rainiers.
Last week: 5-2
Upcoming Schedule (August 1-8)
August 1: HOME vs Fresno 7:05 p.m.
August 2: HOME vs Fresno 7:05 p.m.
August 3: AWAY at Salt Lake 6:05 p.m.
August 4: DH AWAY at Salt Lake 4:05 p.m.
August 5: AWAY at Salt Lake 6:05 p.m.
August 6: AWAY at Salt Lake 6:05 p.m.
August 7: HOME vs Salt Lake 6:05 p.m.
August 8: HOME vs Salt Lake 7:05 p.m.
-LHP Daniel Gibson, 24, and LHP Jared Miller, 22, were promoted from Double-A Mobile to Reno. Gibson has thrown 13 innings in 13 appearances with the Aces, compiling a 6.23 ERA with 12 strikeouts and nine walks. He’s 4-1 with a 0.40 ERA over 22.2 innings for Mobile. Miller is appearing at the Triple-A level for the first time. He’s 0-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 19.2 innings or the Bay Bears. He’s struck out 25 compared with 10 walks.
-RHP Silvino Bracho, 24, was optioned to Reno from Arizona. Bracho has been back and forth between Reno and Arizona all year. In the bigs, he’s 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA over 14.2 innings. In Reno, he’s 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 14 saves over 28 innings. He is not closing for the Aces, however, as Jimmie Sherfy has taken over that role.
-OF David Peralta, 28, was reinstated by the Diamondbacks, ending his rehab stint in Reno. Peralta played nine games for the Aces, going 8-for-29 (.276) with four doubles and a pair of RBIs. In 149 at bats with Arizona this summer, Peralta is hitting .255 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
-Jimmie Sherfy. Reno’s closer appeared in four games last week, compiling four saves. He allowed just one hit in 3.2 scoreless innings. Since getting promoted to Reno before the all-star break, Sherfy has allowed just one run on four hits over 11.2 innings, racking up six saves. Opponents are batting .114 against the hard-throwing Oregon product.
-Silvino Bracho. Bracho entered Saturday’s contest against Fresno in the top of the ninth with the Aces clinging to a 4-3 lead. Bracho came on for the save opportunity because Jimmie Sherfy had thrown the two days prior. In his third appearance since being demoted from Arizona, Bracho allowed five runs on four hits and walk without recording an out and the Aces went on to fall, 10-4, losing a game to first-place Tacoma.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 63-45
Reno Aces (ARI) 60-48
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 48-49
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 48-61
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 61-47
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 53-54
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 49-56
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 47-60
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 62-45
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 51-54
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 48-59
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 46-63
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 61-48
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 51-56
New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 50-56
Round Rock Express (TEX) 51-58
*All stats and standings are as of Sunday, July 31.