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Beeler strong in Iowa defeat of Colorado Springs

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Dallas Beeler threw seven scoreless innings leading the Iowa Cubs (32-28) to a 3-0 whitewashing over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (27-35). With the victory, the Cubs split the four-game series with the Sky Sox but lead the season series 8-3.

Beeler (3-2) was in control over seven innings with his only real jam coming in the sixth when the Sky Sox put runners on first and third with one out. With runners on the corners and out one, Javier Baez fielded a ground ball off the bat of Kyle Parker and nailed Rafael Ynoa wandering off third base for an all-important second out. Beeler would then strike out Ben Paulsen to end the threat.

Iowa took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Baez led off with an infield single. Baez would steal second base and score when Chris Valaika lined a single to left, putting the Cubs out in front against Sky Sox starter Christian Friedrich (1-7).

The Cubs posted two more runs in the seventh. Rafael Lopez singled to right to lead off the inning. Three batters later, Arismendy Alcantara drilled a grounder down the first base line for his league-leading eighth triple of the season, scoring Lopez and giving Iowa a 2-0 lead. Iowa made it 3-0 when Baez hit an RBI single up the middle for his second hit of the day.

Beeler allowed only five hits and two walks while striking out five Sky Sox batters over seven innings. The quality start by Beeler was a league-best 37th for the Iowa pitching staff.

Zac Rosscup pitched a scoreless eighth in his rehab assignment with Iowa, retiring all three batters he faced for the second night in a row.

Rosscup gave way to Blake Parker who picked up yet another save. Parker now leads the league in saves with 13. Parker continues to impress, having thrown 16.2 innings allowing only two runs on 12 hits while walking three and striking out 24. Parker’s ERA stands at 1.08.

Iowa heads west for an eight-game road trip, with four games against the Fresno Grizzlies beginning Monday night, followed by four against the Sacramento River Cats.

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