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Iowa and Omaha rained out for second consecutive day; play two on Thursday

Tsuyoshi Wada will take the mound on Thursday, weather permitting
Tsuyoshi Wada will take the mound on Thursday, weather permitting
Photo by Sarah Glenn

The Iowa Cubs will need to wait another day to try and win its seventh game in a row. Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Omaha Storm Chasers was postponed due to rain. The game is scheduled to be made up as part of a double-header on Thursday at Principal Park, weather permitting. The first game is scheduled to begin at 10 A.M. although rain is expected to continue into Thursday. The games will both be seven inning games.

Iowa currently sits atop the PCL American North division with a 14-9 record. Winners of six in a row, the I-Cubs haven’t played since Monday night, having been washed out both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Iowa has started to put it together offensively. Since being shut out by the Round Rock Express on April 20, Iowa has averaged eight runs a game during its six-game winning streak. Chris Valaika leads the team with a .343 batting average and is hitting .350 over his last ten games. Arismendy Alcantara is hitting .310 with 9 RBI over his last ten games. Also adding some punch to the offense has been catcher Luis Flores. Flores has appeared in nine games and has a remarkable .529 on-base percentage including eight hits in 24 at-bats with 10 walks and only one strikeout.

Iowa’s starting pitching continues to be strong with Tsuyoshi Wada leading the way. Wada is 3-1 with a 0.68 ERA in 26.1 innings. Marcus Hatley and Alberto Cabrera have been dominant out of the bullpen. The two have combined to give up only three runs in 22.2 innings out of the pen.

Following Thursday’s games, Iowa will go on an eight-game road trip to Nashville and New Orleans.