Brett Jackson launched a mammoth walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth in a wild ending that gave the Iowa Cubs (46-38) a 7-4 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (44-41) on Tuesday night at Principal Park. The game was scheduled for seven innings due to being the second game of a split doubleheader. Iowa moved to 5-0 in extra inning games this season.
The five-run eighth inning began with Iowa down 4-2. Omaha pitcher Ramon Troncoso (1-5) walked Javier Baez to lead off the inning. Chris Valaika followed with a single to right, sending Baez to third. Kris Bryant cut the lead to 4-3 with an infield single on a ball that only went about 15 feet. After a Rafael Lopez sacrifice bunt that sent runners to second and third, Matt Szczur drove in Valaika on an infield single, tying the game at four and setting the stage for Jackson’s walk-off.
Omaha scored two runs in the top of the eighth when Carlos Peguero launched a two-run home run to right off of Iowa’s eventual winning pitcher Armando Rivero (2-0).
Omaha scored single runs in the third and fourth inning off Iowa starter Zak Hermans. The start was Hermans triple-A debut after being called up from single-A Kane County to make a spot start for Iowa. Hermans pitched 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two.
Iowa tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth. Bryant launched an RBI double of the right-center field wall, narrowly missing another home run. Bryant came around to score when Szczur singled to right.
Jackson finished the game 2-for-3 with a HR, 3 RBI, and a walk. Szczur, Bryant, and Arismendy Alcantara each added two hits. Alcantara extended his season-high hitting streak to 11 games.
Game four of the five-game series is Wednesday night at Principal Park.