Inside the Aces: Offseason Edition #7

Three weeks ago, the Kansas City Royals secured their first World Series Championship in 30 years when they knocked off the New York Mets 4-1 in a best-of-7, winner-take-all-loser-left-wondering-why series.

Whoopty-do…what does it all mean, Basil? We’re in full offseason mode. Trades and free agents and new managers, oh my!

And in case you weren’t counting (we are), just 136 days remain until the Aces’ season/home opener on April 7 against the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Go away, snow.

A slow start to the offseason has ramped up recently thanks to a number of trades.

Significant trades include:

Atlanta sending their star defensive shortstop, Andrelton Simmons, and a catching prospect to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for shortstop Erick Aybar. The Braves also received a pair of pitching prospects — the Angels No. 1 prospect, left-hander Sean Newcomb, and Los Angeles’ 2014 third-round draft pick, right-hander Chris Ellis.

Former Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, who was traded to San Diego just before the 2015 season began, is likely shopping for a warmer wardrobe. Kimbrel was sent to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for four prospects on November 13.

One other somewhat “headliner” deal came last Friday when Atlanta traded center fielder Cameron Maybin back to his original team — the Detroit Tigers — for two prospects.

Little has been done on the Diamondbacks’ front in terms of trades and major signings, but two minor deals were struck over the last two weeks.

On November 10, Arizona added another catcher to their arsenal when they acquired Chris Herrmann from the Minnesota Twins. 1B/OF Daniel Palka, who clubbed 29 homers and 36 doubles for Advanced-A Visalia in 2015, was shipped to Minnesota in return.

Four days later, former Ace Jeremy Hellickson, who threw six innings during a rehab appearance against El Paso in Reno on September 6 this past season, was traded to Philadelphia in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Sam McWilliams. Hellickson — the 2011 AL Rookie of the Year for Tampa Bay — finished 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA over 27 starts in his lone season for Arizona.

Other happenings in regards to former Aces…

Left-handed reliever Dan Runzler pitched for Reno for roughly half of the 2015 season before being released by Arizona. Runzler, 30, signed a minor league contract with the Twins just over a week ago, meaning his hopeful path back to the Majors will likely start at Triple-A Rochester.

Jamie Romak, who placed himself at or near the top of nearly every single-season offensive category in Aces’ history this past summer, will not be back with Arizona for 2016. The journeyman signed a one-year contract with Yokohama of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan. Check out what Romak had to say on the decision here.

Jake Barrett, the Aces’ all-time saves leader, was added to the D-backs’ 40-man roster along with two other prospects, right-hander Matt Koch and outfielder Gabby Guerrero. The trio were added on Friday in advance of the Rule 5 deadline, protecting the three from being selected by other clubs in the Rule 5 Draft.

To make room on the 40-man roster, former 2015 Aces’ starting pitcher Allen Webster was designated for assignment. He bounced back and forth between Reno and Arizona a number of times over the course of last season. With the Aces, he finished 4-6 with an 8.18 ERA in 15 starts.

In case you needed a pick-me-up before the Holiday season gets underway…

The latest news on Evan Marshall is very, very good. Remember, he took a line drive to the head when pitching at El Paso on August 3, requiring surgery for a skull fracture and brain trauma. The right-handed reliever continues to progress as he focuses not only on a return to baseball, but a return to the D-backs’ bullpen.’s Steve Gilbert has more on Marshall’s road to recovery here.

Inside the Aces: Offseason Edition #6

One team decided, and two teams vying for the final spot in the World Series. We know Addison Reed and the New York Mets will represent the National League in the Fall Classic. The Royals lead the Blue Jays, 3-2, in the American League Championship Series with game six slated for Friday night in Kansas City.

Addison Reed pitches for the Aces in 2015.

Addison Reed pitches for the Aces in 2015.

Reed pitched with the Aces out of the bullpen in 2015. In 11 games, he posted a 1-1 record with a 1.74 ERA. The right-hander was traded to the Mets on August 30th and has excelled with his new team. He had a 1.17 ERA in 17 games out of the ‘pen in the regular season and has been solid in the postseason. He has pitched in four games, including a 1-2-3 bottom of the 7th in New York’s series-clinching win last night in Chicago.

The lone former Aces player in the ALCS is Cliff Pennington. Pennington is known for his versatility – the ability to play multiple positions. When the Blue Jays faced a big deficit in game four, Toronto skipper John Gibbons turned to Pennington to pitch. He became the first position player to pitch in postseason history. Check out the story here.

In other Major League Baseball news, another team has a vacancy in their manager seat – the LA Dodgers. Don Mattingly and the Dodgers parted ways this morning. He was quickly linked to the Marlins opening by several media members. There’s no news on the Phil Nevin front as it seems everything is in a holding pattern while teams interview their candidates.

In Aces news, you can still vote for Peter O’Brien in the MiLBYs. The slugger belted a two-run home run in the 8th inning of the Triple-A All-Star game to give the PCL a 3-1 lead. Vote Here!

Congratulations are in order to the Arizona Diamondbacks who were recently pegged as MLB’s #1 franchise by ESPN. In the annual Ultimate Standings among major sports franchises, the D-backs came in at #9 overall. Check out the story here on why the D-backs have the top spot!

We ran into some information compiled by Andrew Cockrum of the PCL that is very interesting and worth sharing. Over recent years, Aces Ballpark has been hailed as hitter-friendly and a nightmare for just about any pitcher. This year, the numbers would dispute those preconceived notions. Aces Ballpark was 9th out of the 16 PCL parks in home runs hit. 115 homers were hit in downtown Reno in 2015, far from the top number of 167 hit at Cheney Stadium (Tacoma) this year.

Another interesting tidbit of info:

The Aces were represented by 8 countries in 2015 (USA, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Canada, Cuba, Venezuela, Panama and Puerto Rico). Only Iowa and Tacoma (10 each) were represented by more countries.

Inside the Aces: Offseason Edition #5

The Wild Card games are in the books and the MLB Playoffs are full swing – it’s a beautiful time of the year! Several former Aces litter rosters around the postseason and you can keep track right here.

As the season continues to wrap up, more and more awards begin to filter out. began their organizational all-stars and Arizona was first on the list. The Aces are well represented with Danny Dorn, Jamie Romak, Peter O’Brien, Brandon Drury and Aaron Blair named all-stars at their respective positions.

Peter O'Brien and Brandon Drury in the dugout at Aces Ballpark

Peter O’Brien and Brandon Drury in the dugout at Aces Ballpark

Check out the entire Arizona Diamondbacks organizational all-stars right here.

Speaking of Blair, Drury and O’Brien, all three are listed on the PCL Top-20 prospect list by Baseball America. Blair checks in at No. 11, Drury at No. 14 and O’Brien at No. 20.

Here’s the complete rankings along with all leagues.

With rankings like Baseball America’s and MiLB’s organizational all-stars, you get an idea of what future Aces teams might look like. writer Josh Jackson has quotes from Phil Nevin and Visalia Manager J.R. House on Arizona farmhands Jamie Westbrook, Daniel Palka, Anthony Banda and a bit on the #1 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, Dansby Swanson.

Speaking of Nevin, he has been linked to several manager openings, including Miami and San Diego. This is nothing new for Nevin as he went through the interview process last year with Arizona and Houston last offseason.

Nevin 1Nevin 2The Thursday Bob Nightengale is referencing is Today. Nevin is a little different in the way he has been able to manage games the last two years. Most managers in Minor League Baseball don’t get the benefit of managing the game the way they want to. It’s different in the minors as the majority of managers have to follow the script of the organization.

Sometimes that includes playing a top prospect who is struggling even if that guy might not give you the best chance to win. While Nevin has organizational philosophies in his managerial style and thought process, he also manages to win. He’s as competitive as they come and is a bright baseball mind. He deserves the opportunity to manage at the big league level.

Inside the Aces: Offseason Edition #4

With ten Major League teams locked into their respective slots of the playoffs, a total of 16 former Aces litter nine of the ten teams’ 40-man rosters. Let’s take a look at the head-to-head series matchups while projecting which former Aces will make their teams’ 25-man postseason roster.


Wild Card Game: Houston Astros @ New York Yankees
When: Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. PST on ESPN

The Astros and Yankees meet at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night with the winner set to face the Kansas City Royals in an American League Division Series. Five former Aces are on the 40-man rosters of the Astros and Yankees, but one of the five likely saw their season come to an end within the last week. Former Aces infielder Stephen Drew (2009, 2012) was recently diagnosed with a vestibular concussion, and according to’s Wallace Matthews, is likely done for the season.

That leaves four former Aces who could have an impact on the outcome of the American League wild card game. The Yankees have a pair of former Aces position players — outfielder Chris Young (2009, 2012) and shortstop Didi Gregorius (2013-14) — who both will likely be in the starting lineup against Houston southpaw Dallas Keuchel. Young is technically the fourth outfielder for the Yankees behind Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran, but he’s crushed left-handers this season to the tune of a .327 average (50-for-153) with 7 home runs, 15 doubles and 24 RBI, meaning he’s a near-lock to start over Gardner or Beltran. Despite being a left-handed hitter, Gregorius played in 155 games this season, starting 147 of them at shortstop, so he’s a lock to get the nod Tuesday night as well.

Former Aces infielder Didi Gregorius, now Derek Jeter's successor with the New York Yankees, will be in action Tuesday night against the Astros.

Former Aces infielder Didi Gregorius, now Derek Jeter’s successor with the New York Yankees, will be in action Tuesday night against the Astros.

For the Astros, a pair of former Aces relievers played key roles in Houston’s surprising turnaround. Left-hander Tony Sipp (2013) and right-hander Will Harris (2013-14) both dominated in relief for the Astros this season. Sipp finished with a 1.99 ERA in 54 1/3 innings, and he was at his best during the stretch-run, posting a 0.41 ERA (1 ER in 22 IP) after the All-Star break. Meanwhile, Harris held opponents to a .168 batting average against (42-for-250), along with a 1.90 ERA in 71 regular-season innings. His second-half ERA nearly quadrupled from the first half (0.87 to 3.34), however, and his 6.75 ERA against the Yankees this year was the highest against any team he faced.

Division Series: Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays
When: Game 1 – Thursday, Oct. 8 on FOX, Fox Sports 1 or MLB Network

Both the Rangers and Blue Jays have two former Aces on their 40-man squads, but for the postseason, just two of the four are expected to make their teams’ 25-man roster.

The Blue Jays have had former Aces right-hander Bo Schultz (2013-14) in their bullpen since the end of May, and his 3.56 ERA in 43 innings places him on the edge of earning a postseason roster slot. According to the Toronto Star’s Stephen Whyno, former Aces infielder Cliff Pennington (2014) will likely make the postseason roster due to his versatility.

The Rangers have two former Aces catchers in Bobby Wilson (2014) and Carlos Corporan (2010) on their 40-man, but Wilson is viewed as the emergency option in case Robinson Chirinos or former Nevada Wolf Pack catcher Chris Gimenez is injured. Corporan’s season as the Rangers’ fourth catching option is all but finished.

*The Kansas City Royals are the lone 2015 playoff team without a former Aces player on their 40-man roster*


Wild Card Game: Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates
When: Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. PST on TBS

The Cubs and Pirates meet at PNC Park Wednesday night with the winner advancing to play the St. Louis Cardinals in a National League Division Series.

The Cubs have three former Aces on their 40-man roster while the Pirates have one. One of the three Cubs is a lock to start behind the dish in the form of Miguel Montero. The Cubs acquired the catcher from the D-backs this offseason in exchange for right-hander Zack Godley and prospect Jeferson Mejia.

Right-hander Trevor Cahill and southpaw Clayton Richard were also acquired by the Cubs midseason, and both have held their own in the bullpen. Cahill, who’s been plagued by walks over his career, has rung up 22 batters against just 5 walks in 17 relief innings for the Northsiders, all while recording a 2.12 ERA. Richard, back in the Majors for the first time since 2013, has a 3.83 ERA in 42 1/3 innings. The lefty has also held left-handed batters to a .234 average (15-for-64).

For the Pirates, the lone former Ace on their 40-man roster is outfielder Keon Broxton. Stuck behind the Pirates’ dynamic outfield trio of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco, Broxton’s only hope of playing time would be in a pinch-hit or pinch-running role. The speedster did swipe 39 bases in 54 tries between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, so entering as a pinch-runner in Wednesday night’s game — if he makes the 25-man roster — is a likely scenario.

The winner of the NL Wild Card Game would get the opportunity at a five-game series against the Cardinals and potentially former Ace, Ed Easley. The catcher has yet to record a Major League hit in six at-bats, but he’s in conversation to be the Cardinals’ backup catcher because of Yadier Molina’s thumb injury suffered on September 20.

Division Series: New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
When: Game 1 – Friday, Oct. 9 on TBS

The Dodgers and Mets meet at Dodger Stadium Friday night for Game 1 of the NLDS. Both teams have one former Ace on their 40-man roster — the Mets with reliever Addison Reed (2015) and the Dodgers with right-hander Mike Bolsinger (2011, 2013-14).

Addison Reed is the only Aces player from 2015 who will be playing this postseason.

Addison Reed is the only Aces player from 2015 who will be playing this postseason.

Reed is the lone 2015 Aces player to reach the playoffs. The former D-backs closer was optioned to Reno in mid-June after struggles in Arizona. With the Aces, Reed recorded five saves in six tries with a 1.74 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. Those numbers earned him a calling back to the big leagues before Arizona traded him to the Mets at the end of August. In New York, Reed flourished with a 1.17 ERA in 17 relief appearances, ultimately cementing himself as a member of the Mets’ postseason bullpen.

Bolsinger got off to a fast start this season with LA, going 3-1 with a 1.15 ERA through his first five starts. The 27-year-old saw his numbers worsen as the season progressed, however, including a 1-3 record with a 7.08 ERA in September. With Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson and Alex Wood holding down the rotation, it’s unlikely to see Bolsinger on the Dodgers’ October roster.

Inside the Aces: Offseason Edition #3

Want to know anything and everything about the Aces in 2015? Check out our “Game Notes: Season in Review” here.

A number of former Aces are making an impact in the big leagues, whether they’re making late-season playoff pushes, playing the role of spoiler, or pushing to make a postseason roster with their respective parent clubs.

The biggest headline this past week, however, regarded the future position of Peter O’Brien. The 25-year-old, who entered Spring Training as a catcher, staked his claim to be a full-time outfielder mid-season while in Reno, in large part because his strength was his bat and he wanted to help the team out every day, rather than resting once every three days.

Peter O'Brien is open to the idea of returning to catcher.

Peter O’Brien is open to the idea of returning to catcher.

He backed the move with a .284 average, 26 home runs, 35 doubles, 9 triples and a franchise-record 107 RBI, but since his September 8 call-up to Arizona, he’s totaled just six at-bats because of a logjam of talent in the outfield.

Stuck behind A.J. Pollock, David Peralta, Ender Inciarte, Yasmany Tomas and potentially even Double-A call-up Socrates Brito, O’Brien knows his easiest path to stick in the Majors — at least in Arizona — is behind the plate.’s Steve Gilbert has the full story here, which also notes that Nick Ahmed’s season is over due to a back injury from this play.

Still considering himself the “new guy” in Arizona, former Aces infielder Phil Gosselin delivered in the clutch Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies. Pinch-hitting for Jake Lamb, Gosselin grounded a one-out, run-scoring single to right in the 11th inning to give the D-backs a 4-3 win. Acquired in June from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for RHP Bronson Arroyo and 2014 first-round pick Touki Toussaint, Gosselin has hit .283 (15-for-53) with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 11 RBI in 20 games with the D-backs.

In case you missed it, Aaron Blair was named as Arizona’s Organizational Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season on Tuesday. He joined Brad Penny (1997-98) as the only D-backs pitchers to win the award in consecutive years. Read all the details about Blair’s strong 2015 campaign here.

Although the Chicago White Sox have been eliminated from the AL Central and Wild Card races, former Aces outfielder Adam Eaton is still adding to his best season yet. The 26-year-old is among White Sox leaders in on-base percentage (.358, 1st), runs scored (95, 1st), walks (57, 1st), stolen bases (17, T-1st), batting average (.284, 2nd), triples (9, 2nd), home runs (14, 2nd), slugging percentage (.428, 2nd), OPS (.786, 2nd), hits (170, T-2nd) and doubles (26, 4th).

Remember his 2012 season in Reno? If you don’t, here’s a list of categories that he led in the entire PCL, making it arguably the best in franchise history: batting average (.386), on-base percentage (.456), runs scored (119), hits (186), doubles (46), total bases (263) and stolen bases (38).

He also hit a two-run home run off Kansas City’s Johnny Cueto the other night, helping the White Sox to a 4-2 win over the defending American League Champions.

Inside the Aces: Offseason Edition #2

For the Reno Aces, the season ended on September 7 with a 10-2 win over El Paso. However, many Aces from 2015 and prior are with the Diamondbacks who are closing the season on a positive note. A total of 29 former Aces fill the D-backs’ current active roster.

Phil Nevin is also with the club as an extra coach until the end of the season. D-backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa thinks highly of Nevin and believes he’ll be a hot managerial candidate during the offseason. Here’s the story from Zach Buchanan of AZSports Central.

One player continuing his 2015 season with the D-backs is Peter O’Brien. Named to the All-PCL Team, O’Brien was also named by MLB Pipeline as one of Arizona’s top prospects. Each team is represented by two prospects – one hitter and one pitcher. Aaron Blair was named as Arizona’s top pitching prospect to give the Aces a clean sweep. Check out all the prospects here.

Former Aces outfielder A.J. Pollock is starting to be recognized as one of the games top players and he’s up for an award to showcase that.

A.J. Pollock with the Aces during the 2012 season.

A.J. Pollock with the Aces during the 2012 season.

Pollock and teammate Paul Goldschmidt are among several elite players up for Esurance MLB Awards. Pollock is up for Best Breakout Player and Goldschmidt is up for Best Major Leaguer and Best Everyday Player. Read more from’s Steve Gilbert here.

The Diamondbacks have won four of their last five games and will look to continue their winning ways tonight in Los Angeles. Robbie Ray’s six dominant innings led the way last night in an 8-0 win.

Not lost in the win was another incredible play from Nick Ahmed. Check out the play here as Ahmed takes a hit away from Alex Guerrero of the Dodgers.

Another contributor was Brandon Drury who belted his first career home run in the 9th inning. That’s not the whole story, however. Every player wants the baseball back when they reach a milestone. Find out what happened to Drury’s baseball here.

Inside the Aces: Offseason Edition #1

Welcome to “Inside the Aces” where we’ll keep up on all things Aces and baseball in general during the offseason. In the first installment, we take a look at recent stories involving Peter O’Brien and the Diamondbacks diving into the world of analytics.

We’ll also listen to interviews with Aaron Blair, Mike Freeman and Todd Glaesmann. The trio played key roles and had a lot of success with the Aces in 2015.

Peter O’Brien had a monster season with the Aces in 2015. On the roster from Opening Day to the end of the season, O’Brien was called up by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. In 131 games, the Florida native his .284 (139-for-490) with 107 RBI, 77 runs, 35 doubles, 26 home runs and 9 triples. He was among PCL leaders in a number of offensive categories.

Much has been made about his switch from catcher to outfielder. Here’s more from’s Steve Gilbert: O’Brien gives outfield a shot – and prefers it.

Analytics has become a huge part of baseball – at all levels. The preparation through video, trends, numbers, etc. is at an all-time high. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has more here: Diamondbacks not anti-analytics; they’re crunching numbers like rest of MLB.

Throughout the 2015 season, Aces Communications Coordinator Cheyne Reiter sat down with the likes of O’Brien, Nick Evans, Danny Dorn, Jamie Romak, Brandon Drury and Phil Nevin. His most recent interviews were with Aaron Blair, Mike Freeman and Todd Glaesmann. Here they are:

Interview with Aaron Blair

Interview with Mike Freeman

Interview with Todd Glaesmann

Check back throughout the offseason for more information on former Aces and baseball news in general.

Reno Aces Game Information: El Paso Chihuahuas (78-65) at Reno Aces (69-74)

Game notes: September 7 vs. ELP

Lineups: 9-7-15, also can be found on Twitter (@RenoAces_PR) and

Game #144: El Paso Chihuahuas (78-65) at Reno Aces (69-74)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Chris Smith (5-6, 3.50) vs. RHP Archie Bradley (0-0, 2.93)
First Pitch: 1:05 PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 12:05 p.m.
  • Labor Day Weekend Celebration
  • Dollar Menu Monday presented by Great Basin Federal Credit Union – $1 Hot Dogs (all game) & Ribs (while supplies last)

From the Notes

Three in the Top 10: For the second time in franchise history, the Aces are positioned to have three batters finish with a batting average in the PCL top-10. Danny Worth is currently 5th with a .315 average, Mike Freeman is 6th at .313 and Nick Evans is tied for 8th at .310. In 2012, Adam Eaton finished 1st at .381, Ryan Wheeler was 2nd at .351 and Jake Elmore was 5th at .344. The Aces put multiple players in the top-10 in 2013 (Chris Owings and Brad Snyder) and in 2014 (Andy Marte and Nick Ahmed).

What’s the word around Reno?

Chris Payne (@deftonesfreek)
Yesterday, I was moderating panels for @WizardWorld. Today, I’m announcing for the #Reno @Aces. #LifeIsAmazing #LaborDay2015

Reno Aces Game Information: El Paso Chihuahuas (77-65) at Reno Aces (69-73)

Game notes: September 6 vs. ELP

Lineups: 9-6-15, also can be found on Twitter (@RenoAces_PR) and

Game #143: El Paso Chihuahuas (77-65) at Reno Aces (69-73)
Pitching Matchup: LHP Jason Lane (10-10, 5.80) vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 0.00)
First Pitch: 6:05 PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 5:05 p.m.
  • Labor Day Weekend Celebration
  • Post-game fireworks show
  • Circus Circus Family Sunday featuring Baseball Bingo
  • Kids Eat Free for the first 500 kids (12 and under) presented by Sam’s Club, Kimmie Candy Company & 106.9 MORE FM
  • Kids Run the Bases presented by KTVN Channel 2 News

From the Notes

Home-Run Record: Jamie Romak’s sixth-inning solo blast in game two last night was his 27th of the season. He is now tied with Cody Ransom for the most homers in Aces single-season history. Ransom clubbed 27 long balls in 2011. The home run was also Romak’s 200th of his career.

It’s Easy as 1-2-3: Both Jamie Romak and Peter O’Brien lead the PCL with 266 total bases, and the duo jumped Adam Eaton (2012) and Chris Owings (2013) who shared the previous Aces’ single-season record of 263. Nick Evans has 249 total bases for the year, third-most in the PCL.

Owning on Offense: The Aces rank in the top four of many major offensive categories in the Pacific Coast League. The list includes: total bases (2,221, 1st), slugging percentage (.454, 1st), batting average (.286, 1st), doubles (333, 1st), OPS (.802, 1st), hits (1,400, 2nd), home runs (138, 3rd) and runs scored (744, 4th).

What’s the word around Reno?

Darren Hunt (@dhuntabc7)
Interesting pitching matchup @epchihuahuas vs @RenoAces_PR tonight in Reno; Big game features 2 major leaguers (Lane vs Hellickson) on mound

Reno Aces Game Information: El Paso Chihuahuas (75-65) at Reno Aces (69-71)

Game notes: September 5 vs. ELP

Lineups: 9-5-15 Game 1, also can be found on Twitter (@RenoAces_PR) and

Game #141/142: El Paso Chihuahuas (75-65) at Reno Aces (69-71)
Game 1 Pitching Matchup: LHP Robbie Erlin (6-6, 5.93) vs. RHP Blayne Weller (1-2, 3.98)
Game 2 Pitching Matchup: RHP Aaron Northcraft (2-4, 6.11) vs. RHP R.J. Hively (2-0, 4.30)
Game 1 First Pitch: 5:05 PST
Game 2 First Pitch: 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 1
Radio: KPLY 630 AM

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
  • One ticket required for entrance into both games
  • Labor Day Weekend Celebration
  • Super Saturday presented by KOLO 8 News Now
  • Post-game fireworks show presented by I-80 Smokeshop and Nixon Store after game two.
  • Bully’s Sports Bar Friends & Family Night presented by Reno News & Review – right field reserved ticket, Bully’s wings voucher and a free Aces hat for just $17. This deal is not available on the day of the game and needs to be purchased in advance. Wings vouchers can be redeemed at any of the seven Bully’s locations in the area
  • 2015 Team Photo Giveaway (First 500 fans)
  • Kids Run the Bases presented by KTVN Channel 2 News

From the Notes

Winning With Two: The Aces have found tons of success during doubleheaders this season. In five twinbills, the Aces own an 8-2 record, tied with Las Vegas for the best doubleheader winning percentage in the PCL at .800. El Paso is 6-2 in four doubleheaders this season, tied for the second-best percentage at .750. 

266 & Counting: A night after recording nine total bases at Sacramento, Peter O’Brien totaled another six with his 3-for-4 performance last night, giving him the Aces single-season, all-time record at 266 and counting. He jumped Adam Eaton  (2012) and Chris Owings (2013) who shared the previous record of 263.

R-B-I Leader: O’Brien has racked up eight RBI over his past three games and has 16 ribbies in his last 11 games to chase down Fresno’s Matt Duffy for the PCL lead. Entering play tonight, O’Brien has 104 RBI to Duffy’s 103. Jamie Romak sits third with 99 while Nick Evans is fourth at 93.


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