RENO, Nev. — The Reno Aces used a four-run sixth, and six-run eighth to score an 11-4 win over the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday night at Aces Ballpark. The win kept the Aces three games back of the Sacramento River Cats in the race for the Pacific Northern Division title.
The Aces had managed just one run on five hits against Iowa left-hander Eric Jokisch through the first five innings. The sixth was different as Roger Kieschnick led off with a double and was quickly joined on the bases by Andy Marte who reached on catcher’s interference.
A single by Garrett Weber loaded the bases for Mike Jacobs who laced a single through the left side to score Kieschnick, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 4-2.
The Cubs summoned reliever Marcos Mateo after Jacobs’ single chased Jokisch from the game. The first batter for Mateo was Ronny Cedeno who trimmed the lead to 4-3 with a sacrifice fly. Mateo then hit Bobby Wilson and walked Brett Jackson on four pitches to force in the tying run.
Mateo left the game with an injury after the walk, forcing right-hander Yoanner Negrin into the game for Iowa. Pinch-hitter Danny Dorn gave the Aces the lead with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Jacobs to make it 5-4. It looked like they were going to add on when Nick Ahmed hit a line-drive down the left-field line, but Manny Ramirez hauled it in with a tumbling grab to end the inning.
Armed with the lead, Reno turned to Zeke Spruill who struck out the side in the seventh and went on to work a scoreless eighth as well.
Brett Jackson and Zach Borenstein supplied the Aces some insurance in the eighth. Jackson launched a two-run homer to right-center, scoring Cedeno to give Reno a 7-4 lead. Two pitches later, Borenstein cracked a homer, the seventh time Reno has hit back-to-back home runs.
Marte and Weber each had three-hit games for the Aces, and Jackson drove in three runs in his first home game in Reno.
Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the four-run third inning for Iowa.
The two teams meet for game two of the four-game series Thursday night. Right-hander Mike Bolsinger (8-3, 3.77) starts for the Aces against right-hander Dan Straily (3-3, 3.00) for the Cubs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.