I-Cubs Fall in Sunday Matinee
DES MOINES, IA - The Iowa Cubs (24-13) fell to the Omaha Storm Chasers (16-21) by a score of 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at Principal Park.
The Storm Chasers opened the scoring in the second, sparked by an Erick Mejia triple. A Samir Dueñez groundout pushed in the run from third. Jorge Bonifacio helped the Storm Chasers double the lead with a homer in the fourth.
The I-Cubs were held to just one baserunner via walk through 4.1 innings before Iowa's offense came to life as Johnny Field recorded a single to end the no-hit bid. A hit-and-run single from Trent Giambrone put Field on third with one out, and then Jim Adduci brought Field in with a sac fly to cut the Omaha lead in half.
In the seventh, Bonifacio hit his second home run of the day and Nick Dini also went deep off Alec Mills to extend Omaha's lead to 4-1. A two-out triple from Brett Phillips off Dakota Mekkes scored another run for Omaha to put the visitors ahead 5-1.
A two-out double in the seventh from Dixon Machado narrowed the deficit to three. The I-Cubs threatened with two on and one out in the eighth, but could not catch up after the three-run seventh from Omaha.
Mills (L, 0-1) pitched his longest outing of the season, going 6.2 innings, 2.2 more than his previous season-best of 4.0. He allowed seven hits and five runs, with six strikeouts.
Mekkes (1.1 IP) and Junichi Tazawa (1.0 IP) finished the game for Iowa, allowing two hits and no runs between them.
- With a pair of walks, Ian Happ has now reached base in 10-consecutive games.
- Happ is tied for third in the PCL with 24 walks.
- Alec Mills spun his longest outing (6.2 innings) since July 22, 2018, against New Orleans.
- Junichi Tazawa made his first appearance in the Cubs organization, going 1.0 inning and striking out one.
Iowa and Omaha will continue the four-game set on Monday afternoon. First pitch is set for 12:08 p.m. with the Fareway 2-for-1 Ticket special available. For more information or tickets, visit www.iowacubs.com.
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