The Albuquerque Isotopes battled back from an early three-run deficit but ultimately lost 4-3 to the host Iowa Cubs on Monday afternoon. Kris Bryant's solo home run in the fifth inning proved to be the difference.
Albuquerque (35-42) trailed 3-0 entering the third inning when Walter Ibarra hit a leadoff single through the left side. Erisbel Arruebarrena followed with an RBI double and took third base on the late throw home.
Two batters later, Trayvon Robinson grounded out to second base, while Arruebarrena scored on the play. Joc Pederson then drew a walk, stole second base and scored the tying run on Clint Robinson's single through the left side.
Iowa (39-36) took the lead for good when Bryant blasted his third home run in the last two games. The shot to center field came with two outs in the fifth inning.
The Isotopes were able to threaten the Cubs in the seventh inning. Alex Liddi hit a leadoff double and went to third base on a groundout, but he was left stranded as Arruebarrena struck out swinging, Johnny Monell walked and Trayvon Robinson grounded out to second base.
Ibarra singled with two outs in the ninth but Arruebarrena popped up foul to right field to end the game. Blake Parker earned his 16th save for Iowa.
Albuquerque starter Jeff Bennett (4-2) allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven batters in six innings. Dallas Beeler (5-3) got the victory as he allowed just three runs in six innings.
Javier Baez had given the Cubs the early lead as he singled with two outs in the first inning, advanced to second after Chris Valaika walked, then stole third base and scored on a throwing error by catcher Tim Federowicz. Arismendy Alcantara and Ryan Kalish hit back-to-back, one-out RBI singles in the second inning to make it 3-0.
Albuquerque and Iowa will wrap up their four-game series Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. Right-hander Zach Lee (6-7, 4.45 ERA) will start for the Isotopes against Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada (7-4, 2.81).
Albuquerque right-hander Carlos Frias was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week. In two starts last week, Frias allowed just one run in 13 innings of work. He struck out 17 while allowing just eight hits and four walks. ... Arruebarrena's RBI double extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He is batting .436 (17-for-39) with five RBI during the streak.