Cubs Pick Up a Win
Casey Fossum pitched six solid innings and added an RBI double at the plate to lead the Iowa Cubs (56-57) to a 4-2 win over the Reno Aces (59-55) before a season-best crowd of 12,772 Friday night at Principal Park.
Fossum (3-4) allowed just one run on two hits over his six innings while throwing 61 of his 95 pitches for strikes. He struck out six and walked just two.
John Gaub threw two scoreless innings in relief of Fossum. Vince Perkins allowed a run in the top of the ninth, but held the Aces short of tying the game to earn his second save.
Fossum was also in the middle of a second inning rally that gave the Cubs an early 2-0 lead. With two outs and Darwin Barney on first base, Fossum worked a full count after falling behind 0-2. After three straight full count fouls, Fossum connected for an RBI double to score Barney with the first run of the game. One batter later, Fossum scored the second run of the inning on a Matt Camp single.
After the Aces closed to within 2-1 in the fourth inning, the Cubs stretched their lead to 4-1 with two more runs in the fifth. John-Ford Griffin and Brad Snyder hit nearly identical back-to-back doubles off the center field wall to take a 3-1 lead. After Chris Robinson singled through the left side of the infield, Bobby Scales delivered an RBI single that drove in Snyder and chased Reno starter Seth Etherton.
Etherton (9-7) was tagged with the loss, surrendering four runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings.
The Cubs and Aces play the final game of their four-game set tomorrow night at Principal Park. Tomorrow's game is also the final contest between the Cubs and Aces this season Right-hander Mitch Atkins (6-10, 6.71) will start for Iowa and will oppose Reno right-hander Hector Ambriz (5-8, 5.65). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Notes: Fossum's second inning double was his first hit since joining the Iowa Cubs on July 3 ... Cubs skipper Bobby Dickerson was ejected by home plate umpire Barry Larson for arguing balls and strikes. It was the fifth time this season that Dickerson has been ejected ... With his fifth-inning double off the center field wall, Snyder extended his current hitting streak to 15 games ... Since coming of the DL on July 16, Gaub has not allowed a run over a span of 10 games and 14 innings. During that stretch, he has recorded 18 strikeouts and allowed just two walks ... Friday's announced attendance of 12,772 was the largest of the year and 12th-largest in the history of Principal Park.
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