Kris Bryant homered twice and Chris Valaika added a two-run shot as the Iowa Cubs (38-36) overcame a 4-2 deficit to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-6 on Sunday afternoon at Principal Park in a game delayed almost an hour due to rain. Blake Parker picked up his league-leading fifteenth save of the season for Iowa in the victory.
Bryant, after hitting his first triple-A home run in his first triple-A game on Thursday, struggled the last two games, going 0-for-8 with six strikeouts. Bryant launched his first home of the day in the sixth, a two-run shot, on the first pitch from Isotopes starter Red Patterson. Bryant connected again in the eighth off Matt Magill (4-3) with a solo home run to center.
Valaika started the scoring for Iowa in the third when he hit a two-run opposite field home run off Patterson. Valaika went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and two runs scored and continues to lead the team with a .303 batting average.
Armando Rivera (1-0) picked up his first triple-A victory of his career in his second appearance with Iowa. Rivera was called up from double-A Tennessee on June 20. After pitching a scoreless inning on Friday, Rivera pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two Isotopes, leading the way for Parker to pick up the save in the ninth.
Arismendy Alcantara drove in what proved to be the winning run for Iowa in the eighth, with a clutch two-out single to left scoring Rafael Lopez. Alcantara also hit his league-leading tenth triple in the seventh inning, going 2-for-5 on the afternoon.
Iowa starter Eric Jokisch struggled, allowing five earned runs on eight hits over six innings and allowed home runs to Griff Erickson who narrowly missed a home run on Saturday, and Alex Liddi. Jokisch struck out four Isotopes (35-41) batters.
Game three of the four-game series in Monday afternoon at Principal Park.
NOTES: After reaching base four times with two singles and two walks on Saturday, the Chicago Cubs activated Welington Castillo on Sunday. Castillo appeared in two games for Iowa on his rehab assignment.