The opener between the Aces and Rainiers went in the favor of Tacoma by a score of 10-6. The Aces recorded six runs on 10 hits and were led offensively by Socrates Brito who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Starting pitcher Taylor Clarke went 6.2 innings allowing one earned run on seven hits. The loss brings the Aces to a record of 46-49 on the season and trailing first-place Fresno by 8.5 games.

Ildemaro Vargas wasted no time extending his hit streak to a season-high 18 games. Vargas laced a single in the first home at-bat of the game and later came around to score to give Reno the early 1-0 lead. The Aces extended their lead to three in the third inning on a Kevin Cron two-RBI single into left field. In the fourth, the Rainiers cut the lead to 3-1 on an Adam Law RBI single. An inning later, the Aces regained their three-run lead on Socrates Brito’s 20th double of the season which scored Kevin Medrano. Tacoma struck again in the sixth inning to make the score 4-2. Taylor Clarke pitched 6.2 quality innings and only allowed one earned run while punching out four Tacoma batters, but his performance wouldn’t be enough to pick up his ninth win of the season. Kristopher Negron crushed his 11th home run of the 2018 campaign to give Reno a 6-2 advantage in the sixth inning. The Rainiers battled back in the top of the seventh when Joey Krehbiel walked home Zach Vincej with the bases loaded. Then, Andrew Aplin and Law hit a pair of RBI singles to make the score 6-5 in favor of the Aces. Tacoma finally went on top when Seth Mejias-Brean singled home John Andreoli and Aplin to give the Rainiers a 7-6 lead. Tacoma shut the door on any protentional come back by the Aces when they scored three runs in the top of the ninth to clinch a 10-6 victory.                          

Top Performers - Reno

• Kristopher Negron (1-for-4, HR)

• Socrates Brito (3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI)

• Taylor Clarke (6.2 IP, 4 SO)

Top Performers - Tacoma

• Andrew Aplin (3-for-5, RBI)

• Gordon Beckham (3-for-6, 2 2B, 2 R)

• Adam Law (2-for-5, 2 RBI)

Tomorrow’s Matchup

DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

PROBABLE PITCHERS

TIME (PT)

Monday

July

16

Tacoma Rainiers

Anthony Vasquez vs.

Bryan Evans

7:05 PM

Notes & Information

Streaking: Ildemaro Vargas loves playing in the Biggest Little City. Since May 13, the 2018 All-Star has reached base safely in 23 consecutive games played at Greater Nevada Field. Over this period Vargas is batting .388 (40-for-103) with 17 runs scored, 17 RBI, 12 extra-base hits, and six walks. This is the fourth-longest active home streak in the Pacific Coast League behind Kevin Plawecki (Las Vegas, 29), Nick Martini (Nashville, 28) and Austin Slater (Sacramento, 27). Vargas has hit safely in 18 consecutive games entering tonight. Only Mauricio Dubon of Colorado Springs has more but has not played since May 5 due to injury.

Player of the Week: The Pacific Coast League announced Monday that Reno Aces infielder Christian Walker was tabbed as the Player of the Week for the period of July 9-15, 2018. Coming off the Triple-A All-Star break, Walker delivered clutch hits to help the Aces sweep a four-game series of first-place El Paso. He homered in each of the first three games of the set, driving in eight runs. The reigning PCL MVP hit .333 (5-for-15), totaled 14 bases, scored four runs and posted a 1.308 OPS. In the opener of the series on July 12, Walker hit a two-run homer, part of a two-hit day, in Reno’s 8-2 victory. Two days later, Walker had game-winning home runs in both ends of a doubleheader. In the first game, he gave Reno a first-inning lead they would never relinquish with a two-run homer; Walker finished the contest with two hits and three RBI. The Pennsylvania native followed by hitting a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning of game two, lifting the Aces to a 4-1 win. 

Reno Aces Press Release