Cubs Push Winning Streak to Six
J.R. Mathes (4-4, 5.40) pitched his fifth quality start of the season and the Cubs offense roughed up Sky Sox starter Josh Muecke (0-3, 9.28) to lead Iowa over Colorado Springs 11-7 Sunday afternoon at Principal Park. With the win, Mathes notched his 32nd career victory as an I-Cub and is now tied for third on the franchise's all-time wins list with Keenie Steenstra (1993-98).
The Cubs got to Muecke early, plating two runs in the bottom of the second. Bryan LaHair doubled in Jason Dubois and Chris Robinson hit an RBI single to drive in LaHair.
Iowa got its biggest offensive boost in the fourth inning as they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs. Jim Adduci singled to lead off the inning and Matt Camp followed two batters later with his own single to put runners on first and second. Pitcher J.R. Mathes then pulled back on a bunt attempt and singled through the infield to drive in Adduci from second. Mathes' RBI was the sixth of his career and first since May 13, 2009 against the Sky Sox at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs.
After the Mathes single, the next four batters reached base for Iowa on three singles and a walk to Dubois. Adduci drove in the final two in the inning on a two-run single. Adduci finished the day with four RBIs, his first game with an RBI since game two of a double header against Round Rock on April 27. Dubois reached base five times in the game without an official at-bat. He walked four times and reached again after he was hit by a pitch He also scored three runs and tallied an RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
Sky Sox first baseman Brad Eldred had a career day at the dish, belting three home runs of Cubs' pitching. Eldred finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored.
With the victory, Iowa put its winning streak at six games to tie their longest of the season (May 9-15).
Iowa opens a series against the Salt Lake Bees Monday night at Principal Park. LH Daniel Davidson (4-1, 6.00) will go for the Bees and will oppose Cubs starter Thomas Diamond (3-0, 2.08). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
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