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The Reno Aces Top Iowa Cubs in Game Three

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From the Reno Aces:

RENO, Nev. – The Reno Aces (29-19) locked in a game three victory over the Iowa Cubs (21-25) Thursday evening at Principal Park with a final score of five to two. Aces starter Frank Duncan (3-4) completed his third quality start in his last four bids while earning his third win of the season after tossing six innings of one-run ball.

For the second consecutive game, Iowa got on the board first, coming in the third inning, after a leadoff triple by John Andreoli and double by Tommy La Stella to make it a 1-0 contest.

In the fourth, the Aces, who collected only two runs total in the previous two games, finally broke out of their offensive funk as of late. Ildemaro Vargas and Ketel Marte kick started the inning with back-to-back singles and were brought all the way around after Oswaldo Arcia hit a laser line drive down the right field line to make it a 2-1 score. After consecutive walks to Jack Reinheimer and Zach Borenstein to load the bases, Hank Conger sent a shallow line drive to right field to bring in two more runs and make it an Aces 4-1 lead.

The Aces tacked on their final fifth run in the seventh after pinch-hitter Kristopher Negrón worked a one-out walk to set up for Vargas' double down the left-field line, giving the Aces a four-run advantage.

After facing the minimum in the bottom of the seventh, Aces reliever Rubby De La Rosa threw one pitch to Chris Dominguez, who made it a 5-2 game after he homered to left field. De La Rosa was able to complete the inning without another scoring opportunity for Iowa, finishing the night with four strikeouts. Jake Barrett entered in the ninth and recorded his first Aces save of the season after giving up a hit and collecting two strikeouts.

Both Vargas and Marte collected multi-hit games with two a piece. Arcia's 47 total RBI puts him in second place in the category in all of Minor League Baseball – just two shy of teammate and Minor League RBI leader Christian Walker (49).   

Right-hander Braden Shipley is scheduled to start for the Aces tomorrow in the final game of the road trip. First pitch is slated for 5:08 p.m. PST.

Reno returns home to Greater Nevada Field with a four-game set against the Sacramento River Cats over Memorial Day weekend starting on May 27 at 6:35 p.m. On Saturday, Internet sensation Carter Wilkerson (#NuggsForCarter) will join and throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Season memberships are on-sale now at 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.?

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