In a classic example of biting the hand that once fed you, Justin Bour and Brian Bogusevic led the New Orleans Zephyrs (4-9) to an 8-4 victory over the Iowa Cubs (6-6) on Tuesday night at Principal Park.
Bour, expected to be the Iowa Cubs first baseman before the Miami Marlins selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, began the Zephyrs’ scoring by clubbing the first pitch he saw from Iowa starter Carlos Pimentel, deep over the right field wall, giving New Orleans a 1-0 lead.
The Zephyrs would load the bases later in the second. Brian Bogusevic who played for both the I-Cubs and Chicago Cubs before being traded to Miami this past December, lined a three-run double down the left field line, extending the lead to 5-0 for the Zephyrs.
Iowa posted some offense of their own in the second inning. Singles by Chris Coghlan and Chris Valaika combined with a walk to Christian Villanueva, loaded the bases for Iowa. Logan Watkins flared a 2-2 pitch down the right field line for a two-run single, cutting the Zephyrs lead to 5-2. Two batters later, Pimentel would help himself with an RBI single, scoring Villanueva. A fielder’s choice RBI by Matt Szczur would cut the lead to 5-4.
Pimentel (1-2) struggled with his control on the evening. Pimentel hit Mark Canha with a pitch to lead off the third, leading to a two-run homer by Kyle Skipworth, extending the New Orleans lead to 7-4.
Pimentel pitched five innings, giving up seven earned runs on six hits, with five walks, five strikeouts, and hit a batter.
Valaika had two hits for Iowa in the loss.
NOTES: Former Iowa Cubs outfielder Darnell McDonald was named as baseball operations assistant for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. McDonald announced his retirement from baseball earlier this year….. Casey Coleman signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. Coleman is likely headed to triple-A Omaha.