Aces Win, Vargas Hit Streak at 28
Game two between Reno and Colorado Springs went in favor of the Aces by a score of 6-2.
Game two between Reno and Colorado Springs went in favor of the Aces by a score of 6-2. Reno was led offensively by rehabbing Deven Marrero who went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. In the bottom of the fourth, Ildemaro Vargas extended his current hit streak to 28 games with a single to center field. Vargas is batting .382, (47-for-123), with 21 runs scored, 10 doubles, 11 RBI during his streak. Starting pitcher Taylor Clarke went 6.0 inning, striking out four Colorado Springs batters and allowed seven hits. The win improves the Aces to a record of 57-53 and 6.0 games behind first-place Fresno.
Kevin Cron put up a crooked number in the first inning when he homered (19th of the season) off the scoreboard to give Reno the 2-0 early advantage. An inning later, the Aces plated four more runs with the help from a pair of doubles from Marrero and Socrates Brito to put Reno up by six. Colorado Springs tacked on two runs in the third inning to cut the Aces lead to 6-2, but that’s all the Sky Sox offense could muster against a stout Reno pitching staff. Starting pitcher Taylor Clarke struck out four Sky Sox batters in his six innings of work, to pick up his 10th win of the 2018 campaign. The Aces bullpen of Joey Krehbiel and Silvino Bracho combined for three shutout innings to preserve the Aces 6-2 victory which is the seventh straight for Reno.
Top Performers - Reno
• Ildemaro Vargas (1-for-3, 28-game hit streak)
• Deven Marrero (3-for-3, 2B, RBI)
• Jamie Westbrook (2-for-4, R)
Top Performers – Colorado Springs
• Nate Orf (2-for-4)
• Rymer Liriano (1-for-3, 2B)
• Jett Bandy (1-for-4, RBI)
Notes & Information
Streaking: Ildemaro Vargas has hit in 28 consecutive games, good for the longest hit streak in the Pacific Coast League. During the streak, he is batting .382, (47-for-123), with 21 runs scored, 10 doubles, 11 RBI and an OBP of .437. There have only been five players in Aces history with streaks of 20+ games. Jake Elmore (31, 2012), Ildemaro Vargas (27, 2018), Tony Abreu (24, 2011), Chris Owings (23, 2013), and Ketel Marte (22, 2017). In 2017, Ketel Marte went 37-for-98, .378, with nine 2B, three 3B, one HR and 16 RBI from April 29 through May 22.
Looking Good: Deven Marrero had a breakout game in his second contest with the Aces. The infielder went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and a walk. He’s batting .500 over two games and boasts an OPS of 1.292. Marrero was placed on the Disabled List on June 30th with a strained right oblique.
Team Streaks: The Aces have won seven consecutive contests for the first time since July 16th through July 22nd, 2016. The Aces have outscored their opponents 44 to 21 during the streak and have allowed more than two runs just twice.