The Salt Lake Bees look to get back on track in their final visit to Reno of the regular season, facing the Aces in a four game series beginning Monday night at Greater Nevada Field.
Despite posting 1-6 record in their last seven games, the Bees continue to lead the Albuquerque Isotopes by 2.5 games and the El Paso Chihuahuas by three games in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern division. Salt Lake is 5-7 against Reno this season and dropped all four games in the teams' first series at Greater Nevada Field May 2-5. Dustin Ackley leads the Bees with 14 hits and 13 RBIs against the Aces this season, while Nolan Fontana has scored a team-best 12 runs against Reno.
The Bees are hitting .326 as a team in July, the second-highest team average this month in the PCL behind only Las Vegas (.328). Shane Robinson and Carlos Perez continue to lead the Salt Lake offense, with Robinson hitting .462 over a 14-game hitting streak since June 28 and Perez riding an 11-game hitting streak with multiple hits in seven of his last 11 contests. Eric Young Jr. returned to the Salt Lake lineup last weekend and extended his on-base streak to 26 games. Cesar Puello has reached base in his last 20 contests and his .495 on-base percentage since June 18 leads the PCL, and David Fletcher, the Angels' ninth-best prospect according to mlb.com, made his Bees debut Saturday and went 4-for-8 in his first two AAA games.
Reno and Salt Lake boast the two highest team batting averages in the PCL this season, with the Aces hitting .295 and the Bees batting .293. Reno leads the PCL with a .483 slugging percentage and 592 runs scored while Salt Lake has a league-best .368 on-base percentage and leads the league with 118 stolen bases and 385 walks. Reno sluggers Oswaldo Arcia and Christian Walker continue to lead the PCL in several categories. Arcia leads the league with a .437 on-base percentage and .697 slugging percentage and has the third-highest average (.351) among qualified hitters, while Walker leads the PCL with 71 runs scored, 53 extra-base hits, 210 total bases and 89 RBIs. Troy Scribner has had the most success of any Salt Lake pitcher against the challenging Aces lineup, striking out a team-high 17 Aces and earning victories in both of his starts against Reno.
Following their four-game series in Reno, the Bees return home for a fireworks weekend against the Albuquerque Isotopes, with post-game fireworks on Friday, Saturday, and Monday. For tickets and additional information, visit slbees.com.
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