Iowa Outlasts Memphis to End the Regular Season
DES MOINES, IA - The Iowa Cubs (75-65) scored in each of the first four innings to defeat the Memphis Redbirds (69-71) 9-6 in the last game of the regular season, Monday at Principal Park.
Trent Giambrone hit his 27th double of the season, scoring Willson Contreras and P.J. Higgins to put Iowa ahead in the first inning. Memphis countered in the second when starter Chris Ellis helped his own cause, hitting a single up the middle to score Jose Martinez.
Vimael Machin got the run right back in the home half of the inning, hitting his first Triple-A home run to extend Iowa's lead 3-1. The Redbirds did not let the I-Cubs lead for long, as Roman Urías hit a two-run shot to tie the game again.
Charcer Burks put Iowa ahead with the first Triple-A hit of his career, a two-RBI single, but again the lead would not hold. Dylan Carlson and John Nogowski each hit solo home runs to tie the game at five.
Iowa added four runs, including a Machin two-RBI double and another Burks RBI single. Memphis would add a run in the bottom of the ninth, but Iowa held on to win the game by a final score of 9-6.
- Vimael Machin hit the first Triple-A home run of his career, giving him seven on the year after hitting six with Double-A Tennessee in 117 games. The infielder was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.
- Charcer Burks made his first Triple-A start, recording a two-RBI single in his second at-bat of the game. He ended the day going 2-for-3 with three RBI and a walk.
- Jordan Minch made his Triple-A debut, earning a win after spinning 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, while walking two and striking out one.
- Willson Contreras recorded the first hit of his major league rehab stint with Iowa, hitting a double in the fourth inning. In three rehab games with the I-Cubs, the catcher is 1-for-7 with three runs scored, a double, one walk, one hit-by-pitch, and four strikeouts.
The I-Cubs return to Principal Park on Friday, Sept. 4 for a 7:08 p.m. first pitch in Game 3 of the first round of the PCL Playoffs. The first 1,000 fans will receive a rally towel. For more information and tickets, visit www.iowacubs.com.
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