RENO, Nev. — For the fourth time this season, the Reno Aces’ bid for a series sweep fell short as the Iowa Cubs used a big night from Jorge Soler to top Reno, 10-7, in the series finale. Reno’s loss, coupled with Sacramento’s win in Memphis, placed the Aces two games behind the River Cats in the Pacific Northern Division.
Soler, a top prospect in the Chicago Cubs’ organization, was 5-for-5 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI and a walk. Iowa got home runs from Kris Bryant and Andrew Ely to pace the 15-hit attack.
Starter Lucas Harrell struggled with his command as he issued eight walks in four-plus innings. Harrell walked Bryant to start the fifth inning, allowed a base hit to Soler, and then walked Rafael Lopez to load the bases.
Jess Todd was summoned from the bullpen and allowed a two-run double to Jonathan Mota. Ely then followed with a two-run home run to extend the Cubs’ lead to 5-0.
Roger Kieschnick blasted his 13th home run of the year in the bottom of the fifth, a two-run shot to cut the deficit to 5-2.
The Cubs stormed right back in the sixth as Bryant launched a solo home run, his minor-league leading 42nd of the year. Four more hits followed and the Cubs had an 8-2 lead.
Reno came back with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to close within three runs again. Ronny Cedeno delivered a pinch-hit two-run triple, and A.J. Pollock knocked in a run on a groundout to trim the lead to 8-5.
Iowa’s offense didn’t slow down as Bryant walked to lead off the eighth and Soler tripled into the gap in left-center. Lopez followed with an RBI single to give the Cubs a 10-5 lead.
Pollock drove in his second run of the night with another groundout in the bottom of the eighth, and Nick Ahmed belted a solo home run in the ninth. It wasn’t enough as the Aces dropped their record to 73-62 with just nine games remaining.
The Aces welcome the Omaha Storm Chasers for a four-game series set to begin Sunday. Left-hander Andrew Chafin (4-6, 5.40) starts for Reno against left-hander John Lamb (7-10, 4.00) for Omaha. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
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