Aviators top 10: Triple-A Final Stretch more of a reach

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1. Bonus baseball

These 10 games that were added to the extremity of the play this week volition assistance Triple-A clubs recoup gross receipts from the COVID-shortened 2021 schedule. But giving a trophy to the squad with the champion winning percent implicit the “Triple-A Final Stretch” makes astir arsenic overmuch consciousness arsenic those MLB All-Star uniforms.

More baseball. More burritos. More fun. https://t.co/djA5wRiNNC

— Las Vegas Aviators (@AviatorsLV) July 14, 2021

2. On the different manus …

Aviators president Don Logan suggested the addendum is simply a overmuch amended thought than MLB All-Star uniforms. “COVID year, post-COVID, there’s nary atrocious ideas,” Logan said. “You conscionable effort to travel up with thing that creates interest. We didn’t person an all-star game, we don’t person playoffs. The teams that play good during the play successful mentation should prevail.”

3. OKC is OK

Probably the champion happening astir the Triple-A Final Stretch is that the Aviators volition beryllium playing 5 location games against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, giving section Dodgers fans a accidental to scout the genitor club’s stars of the aboriginal earlier they go specified — particularly with caller call-up rules limiting September MLB rosters to 28 players alternatively of 40.

Chris Taylor precocious reflected connected his and Cody Bellinger's travel successful 2017 that saw them spell from being roommates successful Oklahoma City to cardinal contributors connected a World Series team: https://t.co/4bGfiql1kF pic.twitter.com/x4VSsoE81H

— Dodger Blue (@DodgerBlue1958) December 23, 2017

4. Frankly speaking

The A’s sent Frank Schwindel backmost to the Aviators connected Monday. The archetypal baseman’s cupful of Oakland java consisted of 20 at-bats, 3 hits, 3 RBIs, a treble — and a location tally successful his archetypal A’s at-bat.

The A's optioned 1B/DH Frank Schwindel backmost down to Triple-A, a determination that could foreshadow the instrumentality of Mitch Moreland oregon Mark Canha from the IL:https://t.co/RMp1PpiNZf

— Sporting Green (@SportingGreenSF) July 12, 2021

5. Man for 2 seasons

Here’s a information astir Cody Thomas you whitethorn cognize if you travel the section sports briefs: He was named the existent Triple-A Player of the Week aft batting .478 (11-for-23) with 9 extra-base hits, 11 RBIs and 4 multiple-hit games. Here’s different information astir Thomas you whitethorn not cognize if you didn’t turn up adjacent the Will Rogers Turnpike: He went to Oklahoma connected a shot assistance and made 3 starts astatine backmost earlier becoming a backup for Baker Mayfield.

Congratulations to Cody Thomas, the Triple-A West Player of the Week! 🥇

In his past 5 games, Cody slashed .478/.500/1.038 and has a seven-game hitting streak 🔥 This kid is connected FIRE!

Read much here: https://t.co/gnIzvAoKuK pic.twitter.com/O2SNLGTFe2

— Las Vegas Aviators (@AviatorsLV) July 12, 2021

6. Thomas stays hot

The opener of a six-game bid astatine Las Vegas Ballpark against the struggling El Paso Chihuahuas was easier than playing against Kansas for Thomas, who deed 2 solo location runs successful a 6-1 triumph Thursday giving him a limb up connected different Player of the Week laurel.

Second 1 for the night: ✔️ pic.twitter.com/faRrjdD5sA

— Las Vegas Aviators (@AviatorsLV) July 16, 2021

7. Digging the agelong ball

Despite hitting 106 homers successful their archetypal 62 games, the Aviators fertile conscionable 3rd among the 10 Triple-A West clubs successful round-trippers. Reno leads with 110, followed by Salt Lake with 107. Omaha leads Triple-A East with 109.

Courtland High School postgraduate Ryan McBroom leads the Triple-A East League with 17 location runs for Triple-A East Omaha. He is batting .272 with 45 RBIs. https://t.co/fBErzp8aW6

— fredericksburg.com (@NewsInTheBurg) July 13, 2021

8. Seven beardown ones

Aviators starting pitcher Daulton Jeffries went a team-long 7 innings Thursday, holding El Paso to a tally and 3 hits. The right-hander retired 16 consecutive hitters during 1 agelong successful lowering his ERA to a closer-to-respectable 5.25.

Right-hander Daulton Jefferies turned a masterful pitching show and red-hot OF Cody Thomas slugged 2 solo HRs arsenic the @AviatorsLV kicked disconnected their six-game homestand successful benignant with a 5-1 triumph implicit the @epchihuahuas. My recap:https://t.co/KnJie9YlT1

— Matt Jacob (@MattRJacob) July 16, 2021

9. Beck defies odds

Last week successful this abstraction it was noted that Austin Beck had 3 hits for the Aviators and each were two-run homers and that was a streak that was definite to end. Perhaps not. Beck was sent to Single-A Lansing Thursday with the streak inactive intact.

A’S RECENT MOVES:
RHP Homer Bailey to LV
RHP Jose Mora to LAN
RHP Sam Romero to STK
OF Austin Beck to LAN
IF Jeremy Eierman connected MID IL
RHP Charlie Cerny disconnected LAN IL
OF Kevin Richards connected STK IL
RHP Vince Coletti to ACL A’s
IF Max Schuemann to MIDhttps://t.co/joKXkzbDRy

— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) July 16, 2021

10. Aviators speedy quiz

What canine shagged the bats of 2 competitors successful this week’s Home Run Derby astatine the MLB All-Star Game: A: Snoopy. B: Snoop Dog. C: Three Dog Night. D: Finn. (The close reply is Finn, the Aviators’ bat dog, who teamed with the two-time reigning Derby champion Pete Alonso with the 2018 Las Vegas 51s and Matt Olson with the 2019 Aviators.)

Today’s trivia question:

Who is the lone bat canine that has picked up the bats for 2 of the players successful this years MLB Home Run Derby??

— Finn The Bat Dog (@finnthebatdog) July 13, 2021

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