Sean Halton had three hits and 2 RBI and the Iowa offense continued to struggle as the Nashville Sounds (18-12) took a 5-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs (15-13) on Sunday afternoon at Greer Field in Nashville. Iowa has dropped the first three games of the series in Nashville and four straight.
After posting eight hits and three runs in the first game of the series, Iowa managed just three hits and one run on Saturday and six hits with one run on Sunday. On Sunday, the lone run was scored on a Josh Vitters home run to left, his third, in the fifth inning.
For Nashville, Halton’s three hits were supplemented by solo home runs from Taylor Green, his third, and light-hitting Irving Falu, his first.
Eric Jokisch (2-2) suffered the loss for Iowa, pitching six innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Jeff Antigua took over for the final two innings, yielding only Falu’s home run.
Ariel Pena (1-2) controlled the I-cubs offense over six innings. Pena gave up one run on four hits and no walks while striking out six. Eric Marzec, Kyle Heckathorn, and Michael Blazek each pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the Sounds.
Christian Villanueva went 2-for-4 with a double for Iowa.
Iowa will try to avoid the sweep on Monday in Nashville.