Timely hitting by the Sky Sox combined with an inability to push across any runs for the Cubs resulted in the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (35-47) taking a 6-0 victory over the Iowa Cubs (42-38) on Saturday night at Security Service Field. The night was defined by timely hitting by the Sky Sox and lack of hitting at the right time by Iowa.
All six runs scored by Colorado Springs came with two outs in the inning. The Sky Sox took an early 3-0 lead in the first off Iowa starter Eric Jokisch (5-8) on two-out singles by Kyle Parker and Dustin Garneau.
Iowa had multiple base runners in four different innings but couldn’t push across any runs. Sky Sox starter Brett Tomko (5-3) scattered six hits and walked one while striking out two over five innings to pick up the victory.
Nolan Arenado’s two-out, two-run double in the fourth gave the Sky Sox a commanding 6-0 lead, which the bullpen would hold. Leuris Gomez and Brooks Brown each picked up two innings in relief for the Sky Sox.
Kris Bryant continued his hot start for Iowa, going 3-for-4 on Saturday. In his first ten games with Iowa, Bryant in hitting .351 (13-for-37) with 5 HR and 11 RBI.
Arismendy Alcantara also had another good night at the plate. Alcantara had two more hits in five plate appearances and is hitting .452 (19-for-42) over his last ten games. Ryan Kalish and Logan Watkins also added two hits each for Iowa.
The final game of the five-game series is Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field.
NOTES: Dallas Beeler made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Beeler picked up a quality start, tossing six innings, allowing only one run (unearned) to score. Beeler also lined a single up the middle on the first pitch he saw from Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, to pick up his first major league hit. Despite the successful start, Beeler will be back with Iowa because he was only needed for a spot start.