The offense blasted three home runs and Dan Straily had his best outing since joining the team as the Iowa Cubs (60-54) took a 4-0 shutout victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (56-57) on Thursday night at Zephyr Field. The shutout gives Iowa the PCL lead in shutouts with 11.
Straily, acquired on July 5 as part of the Jeff Samardzija trade, recorded his first quality start for Iowa in his fifth start with the team. Straily (5-6) tossed six innings allowing only four runs and one walk while striking out five in picking up his first victory in an Iowa uniform.
Iowa put the first runs of the game on the board in the fifth. Logan Watkins led off with a bunt single. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Watkins would come around to score when Javier Baez blasted his 21st home run of the season, coming off Zephyrs starter Elih Villanueva (9-7). Baez closed out his most successful month with Iowa, hitting 10 HR with 32 RBI. Baez ranks second in the PCL with 78 RBI on the season.
Iowa plated two more runs in the seventh off Grant Dayton. Kris Bryant led off by hitting his 13th home run of the season for Iowa, an opposite field shot. Bryant has 35 homers on the season overall, trailing only Joey Gallo of double-A Frisco for the minor league lead. Gallo has 37 home runs. Two batters later, Mike Olt cranked his first home run of the season in an Iowa uniform to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead.
Baez finished the night going 3-for-5 with a HR and 2 RBI. Olt collected two hits in the victory.
Arodys Vizcaino pitched two scoreless innings for Iowa before Marcus Hatley closed the game out in the ninth, retiring all three batters he faced.
Iowa leads the season series against the Zephyrs, winning 10 of 15 games. The final game of the series is Friday at Zephyr Field.