Road woes drop Aces back into second place
The Aces are ready to come home.
After winning their first three legs of an eight-game road trip in Las Vegas, Reno dropped its fourth straight on Sunday afternoon at Tacoma. The ill-timed four-game skid dropped the Aces into second place in the Pacific Northern Division, one game back of Fresno. They started the week two games up on the Grizzlies.
Reno now gets to come home this week for an eight-game homestand (four each against Sacramento and Fresno) with just 20 games left in the regular season.
Last week: 3-4
Upcoming Schedule (August 14-20)
August 14: AWAY at Tacoma 7:05 p.m.
August 15: HOME vs Sacramento 7:05 p.m.
August 16: HOME vs Sacramento 7:05 p.m.
August 17: HOME vs Sacramento 7:05 p.m.
August 18: HOME vs Sacramento 7:05 p.m.
August 19: HOME vs Fresno 7:05 p.m.
August 20: HOME vs Fresno 1:05 p.m.
-OF Rey Fuentes, 26, was sent to Reno for a Major League rehab assignment. Boston’s first-round draft pick in 2009 has been on the 10-day disabled list since July 19 with a left thumb injury. The platoon outfielder is 24-for-100 this year in Arizona with five extra-base hits and six RBIs. When Fuentes joined the Aces, he had already played 35 games in Reno, batting .380 (52-for-137) with 12 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs.
-RHP Rubby De La Rosa, 28, was demoted to Reno from Arizona. De La Rosa has appeared at four different levels of the Diamondbacks’ organization this year, pitching the most for the Aces (19.1 innings). He was 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA at the time of the demotion with 26 strikeouts and just seven walks for the Aces. In Arizona, De La Rosa has allowed four runs on seven hits in 7.2 innings (4.70 ERA) with 12 strike outs and four walks. He was place on the disabled list on Monday.
-2B Ildemaro Vargas, 26, was activated after missing 10 games on the disabled list. Reno went 6-4 in those games. Vargas didn’t take long to rediscover his timing. He’s 17-for-38 (.447) with three home runs and six RBIs in his first eight games back.
-RHP Braden Shipley, 25, was activated off the disabled list. He went 17 days between starts for Reno with what was described as right knee injury before starting on Saturday in Tacoma. He went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits with five strikeouts and two walks in a 10-9 extra-inning loss. It was the deepest the Nevada alum pitched into a game since June 22.
Jake Buchanon. The 27-year-old righty flirted with a no-no on Sunday afternoon at Tacoma. He went 6.1 innings before giving up his first hit of the afternoon, a one-out single in the seventh to Dan Vogelbach. Buchanon is 3-0 in his last four starts, allowing six runs over 25 innings (2.16 ERA) on 17 hits with 16 strikeouts and just three walks.
Run support. The Aces could not come away with a win on Sunday despite Buchanon throwing seven scoreless. They led 1-0 going to the ninth, before the Rainiers stole a victory on Danny Muno’s two-out, two run double.
Pacific Coast League Standings
Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) 69-52
Reno Aces (ARI) 68-53
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 61-60
Sacramento River Cats (SF) 51-69
Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 60-61
Albuquerque Isotopes (COL) 58-61
El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) 58-63
Las Vegas 51s (NYM) 46-75
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL) 69-47
Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) 64-55
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) 57-63
Iowa Cubs (CHC) 56-62
Memphis Redbirds (STL) 80-41
Nashville Sounds (OAK) 57-63
Round Rock Express (TEX) 56-63
New Orleans Baby Cakes (MIA) 48-71
*All stats and standings are as of Sunday, August 13.