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Iowa drops both ends of doubleheader to Memphis

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For the second day in a row, the Iowa Cubs (57-53) dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Memphis Redbirds (56-52), dropping game one, 4-2 and game two, 2-0. Iowa was swept in the five-game series. The series wrapped up the season series between the two teams with Memphis taking 12 of 16 games. Iowa has lost a season-high five games in a row at home.

The festivities for the day started before the first pitch of game one was thrown. Prior to the game, Iowa manager Marty Pevey was ejected by umpire Brian Reilly during the exchange of lineups at home plate. It is unknown exactly what Pevey was upset about but likely stemmed from calls made on Saturday.

Dallas Beeler started game one for Iowa and allowed four runs over the first two innings before settling down. Beeler (7-4) tossed six innings, giving up only three hits but walked five batters (four in the second inning, three of which scored) and struck out three.
In the sixth, Iowa cut the lead in half when Jorge Soler blasted his first triple-A home run, a two run shot to center scoring Kris Bryant. The blast chased Redbirds starter Marco Gonzales (2-1) from the game.

Eric Fornataro pitched the final 1.2 innings for Memphis, picking up his tenth save of the season.

In game two, Randal Grichuk blasted his 20th home run of the season in the first inning off Iowa starter Carlos Pimentel (2-7). The Redbirds added another run in the fourth when Ed Easley scored on a fielding error by Logan Watkins.

Iowa’s best chance to score came in the fifth. Rafael Lopez and Josh Vitters led off with back-to-back singles off Redbirds reliever Dean Kiekhefer. A sacrifice bunt by Matt Szczur advanced the runners to second and third with one out. Kiekhefer (2-3) coaxed Ryan Kalish to pop out to first base then struck out Javier Baez to end the threat.

Jorge Rondon picked up his fifth save of the season, striking out Kris Bryant to end the game and put an end to a long series for Iowa.

After a much needed day off on Monday, Iowa opens a monster 14-game road trip that will take them to New Orleans, Omaha, and Oklahoma City.

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