A late Friday night in Memphis turned out to be worth the wait for Iowa. Arismendy Alcantara clubbed a pair of home runs, leading the Iowa Cubs (28-24) to a 6-4 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (27-28) at a soggy AutoZone Park. The game was delayed by rain and started over four hours past scheduled first pitch time. What was to be the first game of a doubleheader turned out to be the only game of the night as the second game was postponed due to travel circumstances.
Iowa got off to a quick start when new arrival Ryan Kalish led off the game with his first home run of the season, coming off Redbirds starter Zach Petrick (0-1).
Memphis came back in the bottom off the first, scoring two runs off Iowa starter Kyle Hendricks. Greg Garcia, Scott Moore, and Stephen Piscotty all doubled, giving Memphis a 2-1 edge.
Alcantara’s first home run of the night tied the game at 2-2 in the third and Iowa regained the lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Eli Whiteside, scoring Logan Watkins.
Iowa posted two more runs in the fifth on a fielder’s choice RBI by Chris Valaika and an RBI double by Christian Villanueva, scoring Javier Baez. Valaika was thrown out at home trying to score another run on the play.
Scott Moore’s two-run homer for Memphis in the bottom of the fifth cut the Iowa lead to 5-4.
Alcantara blasted another home run in the seventh, giving him a total of seven on the season, and giving Iowa a 6-4 lead. With the game being a seven-inning contest, Blake Parker came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh and recorded his ninth save of the season.
Hendricks (5-4) picked up the win for Iowa, tossing five innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out three.