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Reno Aces Game Notes - Final Regular Season Game

September 3, 2018 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Reno Aces News Release

Today's Game: Well, it's officially here. The Aces will play their final game of the 2018 regular season this afternoon following 139 games of exciting Pacific Coast League action. Manager Greg Gross will start right-hander Taylor Clarke in the season finale who enters with a record of 12-8 and an ERA of 4.04. He'll square off against Albuquerque righty Nelson Gonzalez (3-2, 5.32). Clarke is 5-5 this season in day games and 7-3 when the lights are on. He's looking for his first win since August 13th.

Last Game: The Reno Aces improved to 71-68 on Sunday night with a 5-2 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes. Ildemaro Vargas led the charge offensively for Reno, going 3-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run and a double. The Aces finished with five runs on 10 hits and Kirby Bellow picked up the win in his first Triple-A appearance. The victory last night ensured Reno a winning record in 2018 with just one game remaining.

April Showers: The first month of the season was not too kind to the Aces this season. Reno went 8-17 in their first 25 games played and posted a team ERA of 6.27. Troy Scribner and Braden Shipley were the only Aces pitchers to record multiple wins that month (2-1, Scribner) (2-2, Shipley). Michael Perez (now with Tampa Bay) led the charge offensively going 21-for-59 (.356) with a home run and eight RBI. As a team, they hit .265 with 24 home runs and 125 runs scored.

May Flowers: Reno picked themselves up from a tough April with a winning record in the month of May. Taylor Clarke was the Most Valuable Player for Reno in the second month, going 5-1 on the mound with an ERA of 2.08. Anthony Recker maintained the offensive output from the catcher spot with a .340 average and Socrates Brito hit .333 over 18 games with 21 hits and 7 RBI. Kevin Cron joined the squad on May 4 and proceeded to hit .289 with five home runs and lead the team with 24 RBI in 25 games played.

June Boom: Socrates Brito got his summer started on the right foot. The outfielder hit .415 over 22 games in the month of June with 10 home runs, 23 RBI and an OBP of .490! He took home the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month Award as well as D-backs Player of the Month honors. Anthony Vasquez (Currently with Sultanes de Monterrey) went 3-0 in five starts and turned in a 2.79 ERA. As a team, they went 14-13 and hit .313.

July Fireworks: Reno was white-hot in the month of July this season, finishing with a record of 17-9 in 26 games. Neftali Feliz broke on to the scene as a starter and went 4-1 with a 3.77 ERA in six starts. Jake Buchanan was close behind; going 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA in July. Kevin Cron continued to swing the bat well. Cron hit .387 with 10 doubles, five home runs, and 23 RBI to lead the way. The 2017 Pacific Coast League MVP spent the month with Reno. Christian Walker hit .375 in 21 games with five home runs and 24 RBI.

Hot August Nights: 14-14 was the Reno record in the second-to-last month of the season. A 5.46 team ERA coupled with a team batting average of .274 could not push the Aces into first place in the division. Ildemaro Vargas was the star of the show most of the month. In 26 games, Vargas hit .351 with eight doubles, two triples, and two home runs. Vargas saw his historic hit-streak come to a close on August 12. From June 24th through August 11, the shortstop recorded a hit in all 35 games he played. During the streak, Vargas finished with 57 hits, and across the 35 games, had a line of .363/.408/.478. It increased his batting average for the year by 31 points. 35 games was the longest in the Pacific Coast League since 1989, when Joey Cora hit in 37 consecutive games. The all-time mark was set by someone you may have heard of: Joe DiMaggio. Yes, the man who holds the MLB record with a (possibly unbreakable?) 56-game streak had a sixty-one game streak in the PCL as a teenager in 1933

Remember September: September is always an exciting month across Triple-A baseball. With the Major League rosters expanding to 40 players, each team typically sees a few of their guys make the jump to the Big Leagues. Silvino Bracho, Socrates Brito, Chris Owings and Jimmie Sherfy all received their MLB Call-up on September first to join the D-backs on their playoff hunt. Christian Walker joined the team just a few days earlier and hit a towering home run off Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw soon-there-after.

2019 Schedule: The Aces released their 2019 regular season schedule this week. Included on the Aces schedule are home dates on Memorial Day (May 27) and Independence Day (July 4). The Reno Aces will open up their 2019 campaign on the road with a five-game series against the Pacific Northern Division champion Fresno Grizzlies on April 4th through 8th.

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