I-Cubs Evade RedHawks Swoop in ShutoutJune 29, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Iowa Cubs
Lopez held the RedHawks (46-35) scoreless over six innings of work, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out two for his second win. Paul Clemens suffered the loss, falling to 8-7 on the year.
Adrian Cardenas knocked in his 20th RBI of the season in the first inning, plating Alfredo Amezaga (2-for-4) for Iowa's first run. Cardenas had thievery on his mind, swiping third base and scoring on a Josh Vitters RBI single.
Iowa manufactured another run in the fifth with two outs. Brett Jackson ripped a seeing-eye single through the hole between first and second. The Iowa centerfielder then stole second base to set up Alfredo Amezaga for a run-scoring single to put the Cubs up 3-0.
Blake DeWitt finally found the gap after two hard line outs, hitting a double to right center with one out in the sixth. Ty Wright drove in DeWitt with a single and moved to third on a Matt Tolbert double down the right field line. Blake Lalli reached on an intentional free pass to load the bases and chase starter Paul Clemens out of the game. With two down, Brett Jackson (2-for-5) crushed a line-drive single up the middle to score Wright before Tolbert was thrown out at home for the final out of the inning.
Vitters (2-for-4) gave fans a sneak peak at the post game fireworks in the seventh, tacking on two more RBI to his team-leading tally. The PCL All-Star blasted a two-run laser shot over the wall in left for home run number thirteen to extend Iowa's lead to 7-0.
Lalli was solid behind the dish, gunning down two base runners. Esmailin Caridad and Alberto Cabrera combined to toss three scoreless innings of relief. Oklahoma manager Tony DeFrancesco was ejected in the seventh inning after both benches were warned and then cleared after Brett Wallace was hit by a pitch. Adrian Cardenas and Ty Wright were hit by pitches earlier in the game.
Iowa heads on the road for a four-game set tomorrow with the Sounds before returning home for the Fourth of July holiday week. LHP Brooks Raley (4-2) takes on RHP Seth McClung (1-9) for a 6:35 p.m. start in Nashville. All the action can be caught on AM 940 with the On-Deck Circle Pre-game show beginning at 6:15 p.m.
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