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Aces Take Series From Cubs

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The Reno Aces (30-19) battled to earn the seven to six series victory over the Iowa Cubs (21-26) after coming back twice in the final game at Principal Park on Friday evening. The Aces strung together three runs in the eighth-inning to take their second and final lead of the contest. Ketel Marte led the Aces offense with a 4-for-5 night, finishing a home run shy of the cycle, while Oswaldo Arcia (2 RBI) and Carlos Rivero (2 2B, RBI) both went 2-for-4.

The series finale in Iowa blew up offensively on both sides in the first inning. In the top of the first, Ildemaro Vargas led off with a double to left field and scored the first run of the game after Marte sent a hard hit down the right-field line for his fifth triple of the season. Arcia tacked on Reno's second run of the inning after knocking a sacrifice fly to center field to score Marte.

In the bottom of the first, Iowa did not waste any time to get back in the game as Aces Shipley allowed a leadoff walk, a single and hit-by-pitch. With the bases loaded and no outs, third baseman Jeimer Candelario sent a base-clearing double off of the center field wall to make it a 3-2 Iowa lead.

Shipley, who only gave up six hits in his previous two starts, found himself in some trouble again in the second inning. The right-hander allowed three singles to load the bases with one out, but battled through after pitching to Tommy La Stella, who sent a line drive into the glove of Vargas and get the force-out double play.

In the Aces sixth, Marte doubled to center field to lead off the inning and scored on a long single by Arcia to right field to tie the game at 3-3. After Christian Walker and Socrates Brito both flew out, Carlos Rivero knocked his second double to left field to give the Aces the 4-3 advantage.

In the bottom half of the sixth, after 9-of-10 I-Cubs batters were retired since the second inning, Iowa's bats came back to life against Shipley after a leadoff walk led to a base hit to center and then a two-run double to regain the lead. Following Shipley's exit, reliever Erik Davis was able to get two quick outs on a groundout and strikeout, but the I-Cubs added an insurance run after a two-out fielding error to give Iowa the two-run lead.

With their backs against the wall, the Aces, who have been known for late-inning comebacks as of late, did strike again, initiated by Marte's leadoff double to left field. After a pitching change, Arcia added a single and represented the tying run, moving Marte to third. Following a sacrifice fly hit by Christian Walker to score Marte, a walk to Socrates Brito and a fly out by Rivero, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Ronnie Freeman came up big with a pair of two-out singles to give the Aces the 7-6 lead.

In Iowa's ninth, with one out against Aces closer Jimmie Sherfy, Bijan Rademacher sent a line drive double down the right-field line to give Iowa one last opportunity to extend the game. In the very next at-bat, John Andreoli lined a ball right into the glove of Vargas at second for an unassisted double play to end the battle.

Braden Shipley finished after five innings with six runs allowed and two strikeouts. Kaleb Fleck earned his first win after a shutout seventh. Silvino Bracho tossed a scoreless eighth after also ending the inning in double-play fashion. Sherfy earned his fourth save of the season, marking the 50th of his career.

Reno returns home to Greater Nevada Field tomorrow to begin a four-game series against the Sacramento River Cats over Memorial Day weekend. Game one is at 7:05 p.m.

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