Kyle Jensen’s walk-off single in the tenth inning completed a comeback for the New Orleans Zephyrs (56-54), taking a 2-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs (57-54) on Tuesday night at Zephyr Field. The loss was the sixth-straight for Iowa and keeps them in a virtual tie with the Omaha Storm Chasers for first place in the PCL American North division.
Zack Cox led off the tenth with a single off Iowa reliever Alberto Cabrera (3-2). Rob Brantly followed with a double, sending Cox to third. Cabrera intentionally walked Justin Bour to load the bases, leading to Jensen’s swinging bunt down the third base line for the walk-off.
Iowa led 1-0 heading to the ninth when Zac Rosscup took over for Marcos Mateo. Rosscup retired Bour to lead off the inning but followed by walking the next two batters. After a strikeout and another walk to load the bases, Rosscup walked Danny Black to force in the tying run, costing Dae-Eun Rhee what would have been a well-earned victory.
Rhee tossed his second quality start in a row for Iowa. Rhee didn’t allow a run over six innings, giving up five hits and only one walk while striking out five. In his last two starts, Rhee has pitched 12 innings without allowing an earned run.
Iowa scored its only run of the night when Kris Bryant blasted his 12th home run of the season in the fourth.
Bryant and Mike Olt had two hits each for Iowa in the loss.
Arquimedes Caminero (2-1) picked up the victory for New Orleans, tossing two scoreless innings in the ninth and tenth.
Iowa will try to end its longest losing streak of the season on Wednesday. For the third time in five days, Iowa will play a doubleheader. Eric Jokisch takes the ball in game one with Yoanner Negrin scheduled to start game two for Iowa.