Aces' Borenstein, Buchanan earn weekly PCL honors

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Reno Aces outfielder, Zach Borenstein, and right-hander pitcher, Jake Buchanan, have been awarded the Pacific Coast League “Player of the Week” and “Pitcher of the Week” award for August 7 -13, the League announced today.

The duo marks the third time the Aces have swept the weekly honor and first since last season when Peter O’Brien and Braden Shipley combined in April 2016.

Borenstein, 27, finished the week going 11-for-24 (.458) with two doubles, one triple, four home runs, and 12 RBI. On August 9 at Las Vegas, he collected his second four-hit night of the season, finishing a double from the cycle with two home runs and six RBI on the night. On August 10, Borenstein hit two more home runs, including his third career grand slam. The Player of the Week honor adds to an impressive list of previous accolades for the Illinois native. In 2015, he was a mid-season All Star and MiLB.com Southern League Player of the Month. In 2013, he was a mid and postseason All-Star, MiLB.com Organization All-Star (Angels), and Most Valuable Player in the California League.

Buchanan, 27, went 1-0 after tossing 13 innings over two starts in the week span while only allowing two earned runs and five hits total. On August 8 at Las Vegas, the right-hander earned the win after a six-inning, four-hit performance with five strikeouts. On August 13, he went hitless through six innings and did not allow a run. The weekly honor marks the North Carolina native’s third in his career. Last season, he notched his second while with Iowa in the Pacific Coast League after going 2-0 in two starts over 13 scoreless innings while allowing just eight hits.

Borenstein and Buchanan are the fourth and fifth Aces player this season to take home a Player of the Week honor (Christian Walker, Zack Godley, Ketel Marte).