Thirteen was a lucky number for the Iowa Cubs (13-9) on Saturday. Jonathan Mota’s RBI single in the top of the 13th proved to be the winning run as the I-Cubs won for the 13th time, defeating the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9-6 in 13 innings. The victory extended Iowa's winning streak to five games. Iowa is now 8-1 in day games this season.
The back and forth affair saw four lead changes, 32 hits, and five home runs, three coming by Iowa batters. In his first appearance of the season for Iowa, Jeff Antigua (1-0) came in to a tie game in the ninth and pitched four scoreless innings to earn the victory for the I-Cubs. Blake Parker pitched a scoreless 13th inning to pick up his second save of the season.
Arismendy Alcantara was the offensive star for Iowa, going 5-for-7 with 3 RBI, including picking up his league-leading fourth triple in the top of the 13th. Alcantara also raised his batting average from .263 to .301.
What may have been the key play of the game for Iowa occurred in the ninth inning. Down 6-5, Logan Waktins led off the inning with a single, extending his hitting streak to a PCL best 12 games. Two batters later, pinch-hitter Lars Anderson, batting .161, was hit with an 0-2 pitch, advancing Watkins to second. After Mota flew out to center sending Watkins to third, Alcantara was credited with an RBI infield single, tying the game at 6-6 and sent the game into extra innings.
Iowa took a 1-0 lead in the second on Chris Valaika’s second home run of the season. Mota added his first home run of the season in the third extending the lead to 2-0.
The Sky Sox (9-13) posted three runs in the fourth off Iowa starter Kyle Hendricks to take the lead 3-2.
Iowa reclaimed the lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Alcantara and an RBI groundout by Valaika.
Mota and Valaika each had three hits and 2 RBI and Eli Whiteside hit his first home run of the season.
Iowa goes for the sweep on Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field.
NOTES: Brian Schlitter was recalled by the Chicago Cubs on Saturday when the Cubs placed Jose Veras on the disabled list. No corresponding roster move has been made for Iowa.