Cubs Defeat Sounds in Rain-Delayed Contest, 5-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Iowa Cubs plated a pair of late runs to clip the Nashville Sounds, 5-3, in a rain-delayed affair on Sunday afternoon at historic Greer Stadium.
The final out was recorded at 7:18 p.m., over five hours after the 2:06 p.m. start time, due to a two hour and 26-minute rain delay in the top of the ninth inning.
The Sounds took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third as Saturday night's hero, Joe Koshansky, ripped a two-out, two-run double to the wall in right-center off Iowa starter Casey Coleman. Ray Olmedo (4-for-5), who extended his hit streak to seven with a two-out single, and Adam Heether (walk) scored on the two-bagger, which upped Koshansky's team-leading RBI total to 28 on the year.
Iowa left fielder Jason Dubois halved the Nashville advantage in the fourth with a leadoff solo homer to right off Sounds starter Chuck Löfgren, the veteran's seventh longball of the year.
The visitors took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when catcher Chris Robinson greeted Sounds reliever Mike Jones with a two-out, two-run triple to right. Dubois and Micah Hoffpauir scored on the knock after reaching base against Löfgren on a double and walk, respectively.
Nashville knotted the contest at 3-3 in the seventh against Iowa reliever Justin Berg. Patrick Arlis led off with a single and was erased on a sacrifice bunt attempt by pinch-hitter Chuck Caufield. After moving to second on a groundout, Caufield came plateward on Olmedo's third hit of the afternoon, a two-out RBI single to right.
Iowa pulled back ahead with a two-run rally in the eighth against A.J. Murray. Dubois and Brad Snyder opened the inning by drawing consecutive walks. Two batters later, Robinson plated Dubois with a go-ahead RBI double to left. Matt Camp followed with a run-scoring single to up the Cubs' lead to 5-3.
With one out in the top of the ninth inning, the skies opened and played ceased for nearly two-and-a-half hours before resuming at 7:07 p.m.
Nashville's last at-bat magic finally ran out against Iowa as Cubs closer Brian Schlitter worked into and out of a two-on, two-out jam in the bottom of the ninth to notch his fifth save of the year.
Berg (1-1) picked up his first victory of the year for Iowa, benefitting from the late Iowa rally after allowing one run in his two innings of work.
Murray (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the Sounds after giving up two runs in his lone inning of action.
Coleman took a no-decision for Iowa despite tossing a quality start. He held the Sounds to two runs on six hits over six innings.
The teams wrap up their four-game series with a 2:05 p.m. Memorial Day finale on Monday. Left-hander Chase Wright (3-2, 4.50) will make the start for the Sounds. Iowa will counter with right-hander Mitch Atkins (3-2, 3.25).
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