Iowa’s offense blasted four home runs and Eric Jokisch posted a quality start, leading the Iowa Cubs (23-20) to a 6-2 victory over the Round Rock Express (23-22) on Wednesday night at Dell Diamond. The four home runs were a season-high for Iowa.
It didn’t take long for Iowa to post the first run of the game. Arismendy Alcantara connected with the second pitch of the game off Express starter Ryan Feierabend, depositing the ball over the left field wall for his fourth home run of the year, giving Iowa a 1-0 lead.
Tied at 1-1 in the fourth, Feierabend hit Josh Vitters with a pitch after retiring the first two batters. Christian Villanueva made Feierabend (5-4) pay by connecting with the first pitch he saw for his third home run of the season, giving Iowa a 3-1 lead.
Villanueva would launch his second home run of the game two innings later for his first multi-home run game of the season, extending the lead to 5-1.
Jokisch (3-4) allowed two runs (one earned) over seven innings, giving up six hits and walking two while striking out five. Brad Snyder was responsible for both runs off Jokisch, collecting an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the first and connecting for his 12th home run of the season in the sixth.
Javier Baez finished the scoring for Iowa, ripping on 0-2 pitch from Neftali Feliz for his fifth home run of the season, giving the Cubs a 6-2 lead. Baez extended his season-high hitting streak to six games.
Frank Batista retired the last two Express batters of the game to pick up his first save of the season for Iowa.