Cubs Triumph over Sky Sox, 11-7
The Iowa Cubs blasted past the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 11-7, Thursday night at Principal Park.
Welington Castillo hit a grand slam for the Cubs in the five-run fifth inning that saw Iowa bat around. Castillo recorded six RBI in the win. Iowa took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and held the advantage the entire game. Sam Fuld led off with a walk and Darwin Barney singled. Brad Snyder then walked to load the bases before Jason Dubois hit an RBI groundout to score Fuld. Barney scored when Micah Hoffpauir's single was misplayed to give the Cubs the 2-0 lead in the first. Dubois, Castillo and Barney all had three hits.
The Cubs scored another pair of runs in the fourth inning. Castillo drove in Dubois with a single and pitcher Casey Coleman plated Hoffpauir to give the Cubs a 4-0 advantage.
Iowa's starting pitcher Coleman (4-3, 3.40) threw four scoreless, hitless innings. He picked up the win, allowing one run on two hits over five innings. Colorado Spring tallied their first run in the fifth inning when Chris Nelson and Travis Metcalf hit back-to-back singles. Nelson scored on a sacrifice fly to trim Iowa's lead 4-1.
Iowa retaliated with its five-run fifth inning that saw every man bat. Barney singled to start off the inning, Brad Snyder doubled and Dubois drove in Barney with an RBI single. Hoffpauir walked to load the bases for Castillo. The Cubs were up 9-1 before the inning was over.
Matt Miller hit a two-run home run for Colorado Springs in the sixth inning to edge the Cubs 9-3. Iowa plated a pair of runs in their half of the inning. Castillo hit a sacrifice fly, for his sixth RBI of the night, and Dubois scored on Bobby Scales' groundout. The Sky Sox tacked on another run in the seventh with a solo homer by Cole Garner, making it 11-4.
Colorado Springs attempted a late rally in the eighth inning, scoring three more runs, but it was not enough. Brad Eldred hit a two-run double and Jonathan Herrera drove in a run for the 11-7 final.
Brandon Durden (0-2, 11.00) was tagged with the loss, allowing eight runs on seven hits in four innings.
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