Storylines for series against Albuquerque, July 25-28

By: Edgar Montoya

The Albuquerque Isotopes come to Aces Ballpark this weekend for a four-game series in Reno marking the fourth and final meeting in 2014 between The Aces and Isotopes. These two clubs split the first series against each other and Reno won both series in Albuquerque. Here are a few things to look for when Albuquerque comes to town:

  1. OF Joc Pederson is the No. 1 prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers according to Baseball America and has been knocking on the door to the big leagues all year. Pederson has been a terror for opposing pitchers this season, and he leads the league in OPS posting a 1.039. He is also among the league leaders in Runs (2nd, 69), Home Runs (2nd, 21), and batting average (8th, .323).
  2. RHP Zach Lee is the Los Angeles Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America. Lee has struggled this season with a 6-8 record and a 4.98 ERA. Lee is currently 0-1 against Reno this season.
  3. Albuquerque is currently second in the PCL in Home Runs with 123, but the Isotopes are also among the league leaders in Strikeouts (3rd, 882) this season.

Storylines for series against Tacoma, July 17-20

By: Edgar Montoya

The Tacoma Rainiers come to Reno tonight for the second time this season, opening up a four-game series at Aces Ballpark. This meeting marks the last time these two clubs will meet in the 2014 regular season, with Reno currently leading the season series, 7-5. The Aces won a series in Tacoma and have split two series against The Rainiers. Here are a few things to look for when Tacoma comes to town:

 

  1. RHP Taijuan Walker, who will start game two tomorrow, is the Seattle Mariners’ No. 1 Prospect according to Baseball America. Walker has spent some time in the big leagues and has a 3-1 record with a 3.79 ERA pitching for Tacoma this season.

 

  1. 2B Ty Kelly is among the league-leaders in on-base percentage (5th, .403) and walks (3rd, 62), all while still managing to hit .275.

 

  1. Tacoma is currently 22-25 on the road, but has won six out of their last 10 games. On the other side, Reno has lost six out of their last 10.

Storylines for series against Las Vegas 51s, July 7-10

By: Edgar Montoya

The Reno Aces and the Las Vegas 51’s open a four-game series at Aces Ballpark tonight, marking the last time the two clubs will meet in the 2014 regular season. Reno won their most recent series against the 51’s in Las Vegas and the 51’s won a series in Reno early in the season. The two clubs have also split a series. Here are a few things to look for as the four-game series opens up:

 

1.    Las Vegas leads the Pacific Coast League in Runs (583), Home Runs (117), and RBIs (537) while hitting with a .284 average as a team.

 

2.    RHP Noah Syndergaard is the New York Mets’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America. Syndergaard has started 16 games for the 51’s and has compiled a 7-4 record with a 5.31 ERA.

 

3.    Las Vegas currently has the best record in the PCL at 53-38 and leads the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division with a 9.0 game lead over the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Storylines for series against Sacramento River Cats , July 4-6

By: Edgar Montoya

The PCL Pacific Northern leading Sacramento River Cats come into town for the first time this season on The 4th of July to kick off Independence Day Weekend. This three game series is the start of 16 games between the two teams in the final two months of the season. Here are a few things to look for when Sacramento comes into town this weekend:

  1. RHP Alex Leon, who will start the series opener tonight, is among the league-leaders in wins this season with eight in 16 starts. In his last ten games he has a 6-1 record with a 4.66 ERA.

 

  1. OF Shane Peterson leads the league in at-bats this season with 343 while hitting .308 for the River Cats.

 

  1. Reno is currently 2.5 games behind Sacramento, so this series could prove to be crucial for both clubs in the PCL Pacific Northern Division.

Storylines for series against El Paso Chihuahuas, June 5-8

The El Paso Chihuahuas are in town for four games starting today in their second and final visit to Reno this season. The Aces and Chihuahuas split both of their first two series this season, one in Reno to start the year and one in Tucson a week later where the teams played because Southwest University Park wasn’t completed. Here are a few names to look for on El Paso’s roster when you come down to the ballpark this weekend:

 

1. C Adam Moore is currently hitting .319 for the Chihuahuas, which is good for the top spot in the Pacific Coast League among catchers. Teammate Rocky Gale is actually ahead of Moore with a .321 average, but Gale doesn’t qualify yet because he’s only played 18 games for El Paso this season,

 

2. OF Jeff Francoeur has 1,227 major league games under his belt, with time spent with Atlanta, the New York Mets, Texas, Kansas City, and San Francisco. Francoeur is a career .263 hitter in the big leagues with 140 home runs and 618 RBI. This is his first season in the Padres’ organization, and he’s hitting .273 with El Paso so far this season.

 

3. Relief pitchers Bobby LaFromboise and Hector Ambriz are second and third in the Pacific Coast League in appearances this season. LaFromboise has appeared in 26 games and is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and three saves. Ambriz is 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA and four saves in 25 appearances. They trail only Donovan Hand of Nashville, who has appeared in 27 games this year.

Storylines for series against Fresno Grizzlies, May 27-30

The Reno Aces and Fresno Grizzlies open a four-game series at Aces Ballpark tonight. Here are three storylines to look for if you’re coming down to the park for a game this week:

1. LHP Edwin Escobar is the San Francisco Giants’ No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America. Escobar, who is slated to pitch on Wednesday, has struggled so far this season with a 2-5 record and a 5.05 ERA, but is 1-1 in games started against the Aces this season.

 

2. LHP Jason Berken is scheduled to pitch on Thursday. Berken currently leads the Pacific Coast League in wins with seven on the season, and has beaten the Aces in each of the first two times he started against them this year.

 

3. Reno will go for its fifth-straight series win this week, which would be the most in a row for the club since it won five from May 29-June 17, 2012.

Storylines for series against the Tacoma Rainiers, May 6-9

The Reno Aces welcome the Tacoma Rainiers to Aces Ballpark for a four-game series starting tonight. Here are the three biggest story lines to keep your eye on when you come down to the park for a game this week:

 

1. Infielder Chris Taylor enters the season as Seattle’s No. 9 prospectaccording to Baseball America. Taylor is hitting .358 with three home runs and 16 RBI through 27 games this season, and has scored 20 runs and stole five bases.

 

2. The series will be a test for Reno’s pitching, which has faltered over the last few games. Tacoma is leading the Pacific Coast League with a .309 team batting average, .011 points ahead of second place Las Vegas. The Rainiers have four players hitting about .300, including Gabriel Noriega, who is producing at a .455 clip through his first 15 games.

 

3. Rainiers outfielder Endy Chavez boasts 1,071 career Major League games, and 1,731 professional games in his career. Chavez has a .269 career average in the big leagues to go along with 188 extra-base hits and 243 RBI.

Storylines for series against Salt Lake Bees, April 24-27

The Reno Aces welcome the Salt Lake Bees to Aces Ballpark for a four-game series starting tonight. Here are the three biggest story lines to keep your eye on when you come down to the park for a game this weekend:

 

1. Taylor Lindsey  and C.J. Cron are rated by Baseball America as the Los Angeles Angels’ top two prospect entering this season and both are full-time players with the Bees. Lindsey was a first-round pick in the 2010 draft and Cron was a first-round pick out of the University of Utah in the 2011 draft.

 

2. The Reno Aces will throw their best four starters in the series. Tonight, long-time Major-Leaguer Randy Wolf will get the nod, Friday will be Charles Brewer, top-prospect Archie Bradley throws on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon will feature Bo Schultz.

 

3. Bees pitcher Brandon Lyon has 572 career major league games under his belt, including 234 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lyon has played for six different MLB teams in his career, and has compiled a 42-47 record with a 4.16 ERA and 79 saves.

Players to watch during opening series vs. El Paso

Opening Day is finally here, and it’s time to play baseball. The El Paso Chihuahuas are in town for four games starting today for their first series in the Pacific Coast League. The Chihuahuas feature a mix of prospects and former major league talent, and here’s three names to keep an eye on during this series:

 

1. OF Jeff Francoeur has 1,227 major league games under his belt, with time spent with Atlanta, the New York Mets, Texas, Kansas City and San Francisco. Francoeur is a career .284 hitter in the minor leagues with 53 home runs and 226 RBI in 369 games. This is his first season in the Padres’ organization.

 

2. RHP Burch Smith enters the season as San Diego’s No. 8 prospect according to Baseball America, the highest-rated prospect on El Paso’s roster. Smith went 5-1 with a 3.39 ERA with Triple-A Tucson last season and made his major league debut for San Diego on May 11. Smith will face the Diamondbacks’ top prospect Archie Bradley on Sunday afternoon.

 

3. OF Travis Buck is entering his second season with San Diego’s Triple-A affiliate after hitting .256 with five home runs and 26 RBI for Tucson last year. Buck first appeared in the majors in 2007 with the Oakland Athletics, and has racked up 253 career major league games with Oakland, Cleveland and Houston.

Reno Aces Cap Dance Finals

Cap DanceThe March Madness finals are Monday, but you don’t have to wait for the Reno Aces Cap Dance finals.

 

Two strong caps have advanced to the finals, with the top-seeded R-Spade taking on the cinderella BP 3930 Spade, who advanced to the finals after upsetting the our on-field cap and on-field alternate.

 

To vote for the R-Spade to take home the championship, click here: http://j.mp/NxwPSv. For the 3930 Spade, click here: http://j.mp/Ozxqnm.

 

Voting ends at midnight, so be sure to get your choice in before then, and check back tomorrow to see which cap will be available for 20 percent off during the first homestand.

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