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Iowa Loses Series with 7-1 Loss

June 12, 2021 - Triple-A East League (AAA East) - Iowa Cubs News Release

DES MOINES, IA - The Iowa Cubs (11-22) scored just one run, falling to the Columbus Clippers (14-20) by a score of 7-1, Saturday at Principal Park.

Taylor Gushue gave Iowa an early lead with an RBI single, scoring Abiatal Avelino to go up 1-0 in the first. The lead didn't last long, as Columbus would score five runs in the second inning, largely from a Connor Marabell three-run homer and an RBI double from Ernie Clement.

Gabriel Arias extended the Clippers' lead to 6-1 in the third with a solo shot off of Iowa starter Adrian Sampson. Sampson spun five innings, allowing six runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Dakota Mekkes entered in the sixth inning and kept the deficit at five for Iowa, tossing two scoreless innings. The righty allowed just two hits while striking out one, lowering his ERA to 1.47 on the year with the I-Cubs.

Columbus added one more run in the eighth inning, bringing their lead to 7-1. That is where the game would stay as Justin Garza would strike out five over the final two innings to get the Clippers back in the win column.


- Adrian Sampson allowed two home runs tonight, bringing his total to 10 over six appearances with Iowa this season.

- Dakota Mekkes spun another two scoreless frames for the I-Cubs tonight, lowering his ERA to 1.47 (3 ER/18.1 IP). He has struck out 17 batters compared to just six walks.

- Justin Garza struck out five of the six batters he faced tonight, closing the game with two perfect frames.

- Iowa didn't register a hit after Jacob Olson's double in the fourth inning.

Iowa and Columbus square off tomorrow in the series finale of the six-game series at Principal Park. First pitch between the two teams is set for 1:08 pm. For more information and tickets, visit

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