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I-Cubs Eliminated with Crushing 7-6 Loss

September 6, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Iowa Cubs News Release

The Iowa Cubs fell 7-6 to the Memphis Redbirds in the final game of the 2010 regular season Monday at Principal Park. The loss eliminated Iowa from playoff contention but the series split means a first place tie in the American Conference Northern Division between Iowa and Memphis.

Tony Cruz walked and James Rapoport singles to start Memphis' second inning. Evan MacLane hit a sacrifice bunt, moving Rapoport to third. Tyler Greene was then hit-by-a-pitch and the bases were loaded with no outs. Starting pitcher Jay Jackson then walked in a run to put Memphis ahead, 1-0. Allen Craig's sacrifice fly scored the second run of the inning, giving the Redbirds a 2-0 lead.

The Cubs answered right back in their half of the inning. Bryan LaHair hit his 30th double of the year and Bobby Scales also hit a double, scoring LaHair. Robinson Chirinos, who was 3-for-4 with two RBI, then hit a run-scoring single to tie the game, 2-2.

MacLane helped himself in the top of the third inning as he plated the go-ahead run for Memphis with a single.

The back-and-forth game wouldn't end their as Iowa rallied for three runs in the fourth inning. Jason Dubois hit his first home run of the game to start the inning and tie the game 3-3. Scales then reached on a throwing error. Chirinos doubled, scoring Scales for the go-ahead run. Jackson drove in Chirinos with a double, making it 5-3. Dubois hit his second homer in the fifth inning, giving Iowa a 6-3 lead.

Iowa held the lead until the seventh inning. Daniel Descalso doubled to lead off for the Redbirds. Craig then drove in Descalso with a single. Hamilton doubled before Joe Mather hit a run-scoring groundout, to come within one run. Ruben Gotay's sacrifice fly scored Hamilton and tied the game 6-6.

With two outs in the ninth inning Memphis' Hamilton scored what wpuld be the winning on a solo home run past the center field wall, giving Memphis a 7-6 lead.

Chirinos doubled for the second time in the game to start off the ninth inning for Iowa. He made it to third on Camp's single but would get no further. Ty Wright struck out and Sam Fuld walked before the game ended with Marquez Smith's force out.

Iowa's Justin Berg gave up two runs and was hit with the blown save while Hung-Wen Chen was tagged with the loss. He allowed one run in two innings of work. Josh Kinney picked up the win for Memphis throwing a scoreless ninth inning.

The Cubs end the regular season 82-62, tied for first place in their division. Memphis owned the tie-breaker, as their head-to-head with Iowa was better, to advance to the playoffs.

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