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Pederson alone cannot power Isotopes past Aces

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Joc Pederson did his part. The rest of the Albuquerque Isotopes, not so much.

Pederson hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and a two-run triple in the fifth. That accounted for all the offense Albuquerque could produce in an 8-3 loss to the visiting Reno Aces on Friday night.

The fact that both of Pederson's hits came off a southpaw was a bonus for the Isotopes (22-26). The rest of the team mustered just seven total hits.

"We've been facing a ton of left-handers and he's making some adjustments versus left-handers and tonight all the hard work he's put in it kind of came together for him," manager Damon Berryhill said. "He really put some good swings on the ball."

Andrew Chafin (1-0), making his first Triple-A start, went seven innings, allowing just eight hits and all three of the runs. He did not walk anyone and struck out four batters.

"He came out and threw strikes," Berryhill said. "I thought we had opportunities to get to him and we just didn't push that hit across. We had some good balls to hit, but we swung through a few and popped up a few hittable pitches. We just have to do a better job in that situation."

Thirteen of the last 14 Albuquerque batters failed to reach base late in the game. Mike Baxter's one-out double in the ninth was the only hit over the last four innings.

"I think we just got into a situation where we started working long swings and getting too big at the plate instead of taking what that pitcher was giving us and realizing what he was trying to do," Berryhill said.

In contrast, Zach Lee (4-5) did not have his best stuff for Albuquerque. The right-hander gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and one walk while striking out five in six innings.

"It wasn't one of his better starts," Berryhill said. "Fastball location wasn't (good), he had trouble getting the ball down tonight. He battled, gave us innings. He pitched well enough to keep us in the ballgame."

Roger Kieschnick hit a two-run homer for Reno (28-21) in the first inning off Lee. Didi Gregorius and Mike Jacobs each went 4-for-5.

The Isotopes and Aces will continue their series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Sam Demel (0-1, 7.71 ERA) will start for Albuquerque against Reno right-hander Bo Schultz (2-4, 6.23).

Notes

Right-hander Stephen Fife is not on the disabled list, but he will not be pitching anytime soon. Berryhill said Fife is dealing with soreness in his arm. Fife has gone 1-2 with a 6.94 ERA in seven games (five starts) this season. ... Right-hander Matt Magill (2-2, 5.19) is no longer in the starting rotation. He has been moved to the bullpen, though he could eventually return to starting. "He'll get opportunities out of the pen and try to work himself back into the rotation," Berryhill said. "It's just a situation where we'll give him an opportunity to come out, not worry about having to go five or six innings. Get out there and attack hitters with fastballs and not worry about holding anything back. We'll see if we can get that command going." Magill has 27 walks in 43.1 innings this season.

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