Amid third four-game winning streak of season, Aces own PCL’s best record
For the third time this season, Reno is riding a four-game winning streak.
The final three quarters of the latest burst have all come by a single run and catapulted the Aces to first place all alone atop the Pacific Northern Division, one game ahead of Tacoma. Reno now owns the best record in the Pacific Coast League.
Following Sunday night’s 6-5 win over Sacramento at Greater Nevada Field, the Aces improved to 18-8 at home. The 18 home victories are tied with Tacoma (18-6) for tops in the PCL.
The four-game set with Sacramento concludes Tuesday night, then a day off precedes a four-game series with Las Vegas. It will be the first meeting of the year between the two intrastate squads.
Last week: 5-2
Upcoming Schedule (May 29 – June 4)
May 29: HOME vs Sacramento 1:05 p.m.
May 30: HOME vs Sacramento 7:05 p.m.
May 31: OFF
June 1: HOME vs Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
June 2: HOME vs Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
June 3: HOME vs Las Vegas 7:05 p.m.
June 4: HOME vs Las Vegas 1:05 p.m.
-OF Socrates Brito, 24, was assigned to Reno for MLB rehab assignment. Brito played in 40 games for Arizona last summer, as well as 73 for Reno, but has been on the disabled list since needing surgery on a dislocated finger suffered in spring training. In his first five games with the Aces, Brito went 5-for-16 (.313) with a double and triple. Brito struggled with the Diamondbacks last year after a brief but promising stint in 2015. He batted .179 with 23 strikeouts and just two walks.
-RHP Silvino Bracho, 24, was optioned to Reno after his third appearance of the season with Arizona. Bracho struck out the side in one inning against the Mets on May 15, but also allowed a two-run bomb. He’s given up six runs (five earned) on four hits over 2.1 innings with the big club this year. In Reno this year, Bracho is 2-1 with a 1.72 ERA over 15.2 innings. He’s struck out 27 and walked six.
-RHP Drew Muren, 28, was demoted back to Extended Spring after throwing a scoreless inning in last Sunday’s 6-0 loss at Omaha in a doubleheader nightcap. It was Muren’s first appearance with the Aces this year. Last year, Muren threw in two games for Reno, allowing one run on two hits in two innings.
Weekend warriors. Reno scored three times in the top of the eighth on Friday night at Iowa then hung on for a 7-6 win. The victory wrapped up a 5-3 road trip. It also improved the Aces’ record to 6-1 when playing on Friday, their best record on any day of the week.
Attendance. Despite significantly improving weather and first-place club that’s 18-8 at home, fans are still neglecting Greater Nevada Field. That is not a new trend though. The Aces are drawing, on average, 4,176 fans a game. That ranks 14th out of 16 teams in the PCL. Only Colorado Springs (3,610) and Omaha (3,809) have been worse. Nashville leads the way, averaging 8,784 fans a game.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Reno Aces (ARI) 32-19
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 30-19
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 21-30
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 18-31
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 27-23
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 27-24
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 24-27
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 20-31
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 28-18
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 26-22
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 26-23
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 22-27
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 31-20
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 24-23
Round Rock Express (TEX) 23-28
New Orleans Baby Cakes (MIA) 18-32
*All stats and standings are as of Sunday, May 28.