Storylines for series against Iowa, Aug. 20-23

By: Edgar Montoya

The Iowa Cubs are in town for four games starting tonight at Aces Ballpark for their only matchup against Reno this season. The last meeting between the two teams occurred in Reno during the early months of the 2013 regular season where the two clubs split that four-game series. Here are a few things to look for when Iowa comes to town:

  1. 3B Kris Bryant is the No. 2 Prospect for the Chicago Cubs according to Baseball America and you can find his name across the minor league leaderboards. He is tied for first in all of the minor leagues in Home Runs with 40 and leads the minors with 103 RBIs. In 57 games with Triple-A Iowa he has 18 Home Runs and 45 RBIs this season.
  2. Iowa player/coach Manny Ramirez has 2,574 hits and 555 Home Runs in the major leagues, with time spent with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays. Ramirez is a career .312 big league hitter, but is only hitting .206 in 21 games with Iowa.
  3. Reno is currently 3.0 games back in the PCL Pacific Northern Division behind the Sacramento River Cats. With only 13 games left in the in the 2014 regular season, this home stand is going to be pivotal for Reno to make a push for the lead in the division.

Storylines for series against Sacramento, Aug. 7-11

By: Edgar Montoya

The Sacramento River Cats are in Reno for the second time this season to open a five-game series at Aces Ballpark tonight. The two clubs have played each other six times, including the first meeting on the 4th of July Weekend and Sacramento has a 4-2 record against Reno. Sacramento’s lead in the PCL Northern Division has shrunk to two games since the last time the River Cats were in Reno.  Here’s a few things to look for when Sacramento comes to town:

  1. Reno is currently 2.0 games behind Sacramento in the division. The two clubs play 10 games against each other in the last month of the season and it starts with this five-game stretch in Reno. This is a vital series for Reno if they want to take the lead in the division.
  1. OF Shane Peterson is still across the PCL batting leaderboards. Peterson leads the league in at-bats (456) and now leads the league in Runs (83), Hits (143), and Doubles (32) as well.
  1. Sacramento’s lead in the PCL Northern Division is due in large part to its ability to get men on base. The River Cats are among the league leaders in OBP (3rd, .361) behind Las Vegas and Reno. They also rank second in the PCL in RBIs with 589, trailing only Las Vegas.

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.

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