Kris Bryant blasted another home run and Tsuyoshi Wada tied a season-high in strikeouts, leading the Iowa Cubs (40-36) to a 6-2 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-43) on Tuesday afternoon at Principal Park. Iowa took three of four games against Albuquerque and finished its successful homestand with a 6-2 record. Iowa continues to be completely dominant during day games, having won 22 of 26 day games this season.
Bryant continued his impressive power output since arriving in Des Moines. Bryant connected on an 0-1 pitch from Albuquerque starter Zach Lee (6-8) in the bottom of the first, sending the ball just over the right field wall for a three-run bomb, turning a 1-0 deficit into an early 3-1 lead. In 21 at-bats with Iowa, Bryant has five hits, all of them home runs. Bryant now has 27 home runs overall on the season, tied with Joey Gallo of the double-A Frisco RoughRiders for the most in all of minor league baseball.
The first inning may have been more costly for Albuquerque than just on the scoreboard. Joc Pederson, top ranked prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization according to Baseball America, dove for a ball off the bat of Josh Vitters. Pederson came up short on the dive and appeared to land awkwardly on his shoulder. Pederson took a while to get up and was clearly agitated, slamming his glove to the ground at one point. Pederson exited the game at that point and the condition of his shoulder is currently unknown.
Wada (8-4) made another quality start, holding the Isotopes to one run over six innings. Wada gave up only four hits and walked one while equaling his season-high with 10 strikeouts. Wada’s quality start gave the Iowa rotation a league-leading 45 quality starts as a team. Iowa had 50 quality starts during the 2013 season.
Arismendy Alcantara reached base three more times on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a double, walk, and RBI. Alcantara’s batting average continues to climb, now sitting at .290. In his last ten games, Alcantara is hitting .412 (14-for-34) with six walks and six stolen bases. Alcantara also leads the PCL in triples with 10.
Vitters added two more hits including a double and RBI. Vitters has heated up lately, hitting .342 (12-for-35) over his last ten games for Iowa.
After a league-wide day off on Wednesday, Iowa opens a five-game, four-day road trip to Colorado Springs.