Jamie Romak hit a go-ahead three-run home run and Gabriel Arias worked six strong innings for the Reno Aces in an 8-3 victory over the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park on Memorial Day.
Trailing 3-2 after four innings, Danny Worth and Nick Evans singled to set up Romak's towering shot to left-center off of left-hander Eric Jokisch in the fifth.
Backed with his second lead of the game, right-hander Gabriel Arias (2-0) worked consecutive shutdown innings in the home halves of the fifth and sixth. The 25-year-old allowed just two singles over his final three innings and picked up a quality start after yielding three earned runs on seven hits over six innings.
The Aces plated the first run of the game just three batters into the midday contest. Worth lined a one-out double to left and later scored on a two-base missed catch error by Cubs first baseman Taylor Davis.
Iowa (22-21) grabbed their first lead of the day in the bottom of the second on two solo homers by Davis and Rubi Silva.
Reno (20-24) knotted the game at two on a sacrifice fly by Romak in the third, but Iowa's Javier Baez lofted a sacrifice fly of his own in the bottom half, giving the Cubs their last lead at 3-2.
After Romak's fifth-inning blast, the Aces continued to add to their advantage, scoring one run in the seventh and two more in the eighth. In the seventh, three straight two-out knocks by Romak, Garrett Weber (@_weber5) and Kevin Frandsen (@KevinFrandsen) made it 6-3, and run-scoring singles by Peter O'Brien and Evans in the eighth pushed the Aces' lead to five.
Jokisch (2-2) was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs – four earned – on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Matt Reynolds struck out four of the five batters he faced in relief of Arias, and Evan Marshall (@emarsh31) and Justin Marks closed the door by securing the final five outs.
Reno pounded out 17 hits after having 18 in their 12-3 rout of Omaha on Sunday. Eight starters recorded multi-hit performances in the finale in Nebraska, and another six in the starting lineup had at least two hits in the opener at Iowa.
Frandsen, Weber and Worth all notched three hits apiece. Worth scored four times as well, the most by an Aces player in a single game this season.
Evans – named the PCL Player of the Week Monday morning – extended his hitting streak to nine games and his lone RBI gave him 29 for the month of May. Weber also extended his on-base streak to a PCL-best 27 games.
The Aces play game two of their four-game set against the Iowa Cubs tomorrow night. Right-hander Allen Webster (0-1, 19.29) returns from the disabled list to start for Reno against right-hander Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.75) for Iowa. First pitch is scheduled for 4:35 PM PST.
Following the four-game series at Iowa, Reno returns home for an eight-game homestand set to begin Friday, May 29 against New Orleans. Ticket packages are on-sale now at www.RenoAces.com or by calling (775) 334-4700. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the season, follow the club on Twitter (@aces) or like the team on Facebook.