Arismendy Alcantara’s two-run triple broke up a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning, propelling the Iowa Cubs (7-6) took a 6-3 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (4-10) on a windy Wednesday afternoon at Principal Park.
Alcantara’s triple secured the victory for Iowa starter Kyle Hendricks (2-1) who went seven innings giving up three runs on five hits and one walk, while striking out nine. Marcos Mateo pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Iowa and Brian Schlitter collected his first save, pitching a scoreless ninth.
Iowa got to New Orleans starter Elih Villanueva early, scoring two runs in the first. Alcantara reached base on a wind-blown double when his pop fly eluded New Orleans shortstop Juan Diaz. Chris Coghlan followed with an RBI single to right, giving Iowa a quick 1-0 lead. Coghlan would score to extend the lead to 2-0 when Josh Vitters lined an RBI double off the left field wall.
The Zephyrs took a 3-2 lead in the second on RBI singles by Diaz and Zack Cox. The third run scored when Josh Rodriguez stole home as part of a double steal.
Iowa would tie the game in the bottom of the second when Logan Watkins lined his first home run of the season over the center field wall.
The game would remain tied until Iowa put up three runs in the seventh off Zephyrs reliever Jesus Sanchez (0-2). After Alcantara’s two-run triple, Vitters hit his second RBI double of the day, bringing home Alcantara with the final run of the game.
Alcantara had three hits and two RBI, only needing the home run for the cycle. Vitters went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and Coghlan was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.
Game three of the series is Thursday afternoon at Principal Park.
NOTES: Zac Rosscup left the team to become the 26th member of the Chicago Cubs roster for the double header against the New York Yankees on Wednesday. New MLB rules allow for a 26th player on days when teams play two games. Rosscup appeared in the second game tonight, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out a batter.