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Iowa Rally Falls Just Short

September 5, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Iowa Cubs News Release

The Iowa Cubs overcame a 4-0 deficit and tied the game in the sixth inning but could not outlast Memphis as they fell 8-7 to the Redbirds in 15 innings Sunday at Principal Park.

Tomorrow's 1:05 p.m. game will determine who makes the playoffs. The Cubs would clinch the division with a win, but a loss means Memphis wins the tie-breaker and the Redbirds make playoffs.

Memphis jumped on Iowa starter Jeff Samardzija for four early runs. Daniel Descalso hit a solo homer for the first run of the game. Allen Craig and Mark Hamilton singled and were driven home on Joe Mather's double. Mather then scored on a wild pitch for the 4-0 Redbird advantage.

Both teams were without their manager for part of the game. Iowa's Ryne Sandberg was ejected in the bottom of the first inning and Memphis' Chris Maloney was tossed in the sixth.

The Cubs got on the board in the second inning when Matt Camp hit a two-RBI double to right field, trimming the lead 4-2. Memphis collected another three runs in the third inning. Allen Craig walked to start the inning and Hamilton singled before Mather walked with no outs. Ruben Gotay singled, scoring two for a 6-2 lead. Mather then scored the inning's final run on a ground ball double play, making it 7-2.

But the Cubs wouldn't give up, slowly inching their way back. Marquez Smith doubled to lead off the bottom of the third inning. He was driven home on Jason Dubois' single, making it 7-3. The Cubs rallied for three runs in the fifth. Snyder led off with a double before Dubois singled with no outs. Bryan LaHair then made it a one-run ballgame with a three-run home run to center field.

Iowa tied it 7-7 in the sixth inning. Adduci singled and stole second base before Snyder plated the tying run with a single.

It would take another nine innings before Memphis scored the go-ahead run. Tyler Greene singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Greene then scored on Craig's single to take an 8-7 lead for the win.

Iowa used seven pitchers in the game, but it was Jeff Gray (3-1, 5.66) who was tagged with the loss, allowing one run on four hits in the final two innings of the ball game. Tyler Norrick (3-1, 6.60) got the win for Memphis.

The Cubs and Memphis meet for the final game of the regular season Monday at 1:05 p.m.


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