Carlos Pimentel had a career-high ten strikeouts over six innings as the Iowa Cubs (3-4) cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Nashville Sounds (3-4) on Wednesday afternoon at Principal Park.
Pimentel led off the game by striking out Sounds shortstop Irving Falu and dominated the six innings he pitched. The only blemish on the afternoon for Pimentel was a solo home run by Taylor Green in the second inning. Pimentel (1-1) completed six innings, scattering three hits and a walk to go along with his ten strikeouts.
Offensively, the I-Cubs were able to post some runs against Sounds starter Johnny Hellweg (1-1). Pimentel helped his own cause by driving in the first run of the game for Iowa in the second when he slapped a single to right field scoring Chris Coghlan, who had led off the inning with a double.
Iowa would take a 3-1 lead on the Sounds in the fifth. Javier Baez doubled off the wall sending Arismendy Alcantara to third with one out. Alcantara would score on a wild pitch by Hellweg and Baez came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Chris Coghlan.
The I-Cubs extended the lead to 4-1 in the sixth, when Brett Jackson hit his first home run of the season over the right field wall off Sounds reliever Alfredo Figaro.
Figaro wasn’t treated any better in the seventh when Josh Vitters crushed an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall for a two-run home run, extending the lead to 6-1.
Zac Rosscup and Marcus Hatley combined to pitch three scoreless innings to end the game and secure the victory for Iowa.
The final game of the series and the homestand is Thursday afternoon at Principal Park.