The Aces may want a do over on the first two weeks of August.
Reno ended July one strong week (and some help) away from leapfrogging Tacoma into the Pacific Northern lead. Now, they need a lot of help.
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate has dropped 10 of 14 since flipping the calendar from July and finds itself in third place, 6.5 games back of Tacoma, 3 back of Fresno.
Just 21 games remain to make the climb. However, nine of those are against Tacoma, who the Aces are 5-2 against this summer.
Reno wraps up an eight-game road trip Friday in Memphis before returning to Greater Nevada Field on Saturday for the final home stand of the season, a nine-gamer. Last-place Sacramento will play four against the Aces before Tacoma comes to town for five.
Last week: 2-4
Upcoming Schedule (August 15-22)
August 15: AWAY at Nashville 5:05 p.m.
August 16: AWAY at Memphis 4:35 p.m.
August 17: AWAY at Memphis 4:35 p.m.
August 18: AWAY at Memphis 5:05 p.m.
August 19: AWAY at Memphis 5:05 p.m.
August 20: HOME vs Sacramento 7:05 p.m.
August 21: HOME vs Sacramento 1:05 p.m.
August 22: HOME vs Sacramento 7:05 p.m.
-RHP Evan Marshall, 26, was optioned from Arizona to Reno. Marshall has appeared in 15 games for the Diamondbacks (15.1 innings) and compiled an 8.80 ERA. In Reno, his ERA is a much lower 3.67 in 27 games (27 innings) out of the bullpen. Marshall threw scoreless innings on Friday and Saturday for the Aces in Nashville.
-RHP Zack Greinke, 32, was reinstated to Arizona from his rehab assignment. The Diamondbacks’ prized offseason acquisition started once for the Aces, allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings in a 6-3 loss to Salt Lake. Greinke got rocked in his second start back with Arizona on Sunday, allowing nine runs on 10 hits in just 1.2 innings at Fenway. Arizona fell 16-2 to the Red Sox.
-Anthony Banda. The Aces starter on Saturday in Nashville struck out 10 Sounds batters in six scoreless innings. It was the fourth time of his professional career he’s reached double digit strikeouts. Nashville had the last laugh, however, blasting a two-out, two-run walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth to win 2-1.
-The Aces in August. A brutal start to the eighth month of the calendar year has all but removed Reno from the race for the Pacific Northern division title. Reno had dropped 10 of 13 post July before winning 6-3 in Nashville on Sunday to creep within 6.5 games of first-place Tacoma.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 70-51
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 66-54
Reno Aces (ARI) 64-58
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 57-65
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 65-57
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 57-64
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 56-64
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 55-63
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 68-52
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 57-61
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 52-68
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 52-69
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 70-52
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 59-62
Round Rock Express (TEX) 59-62
New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 57-62
*All stats and standings are as of Sunday, July 14.