After a four-game sweep of the first place Omaha Storm Chasers got them back in the playoff race, the Iowa Cubs (65-76) took to the road for the final series of the season. Once again, the offense struggled and the Nashville Sounds (55-86) came away with a 3-2 victory over Iowa, dropping the road record for the I-Cubs to a league-worst 21-48.
Friday night’s victory by the Memphis Redbirds eliminated Iowa from playoff contention. Iowa trails both Omaha and Memphis by three games with three to play. Memphis holds the tie-breaker over Iowa, having won the season series thus finishing in a tie with Memphis does Iowa no good.
Nashville scored two runs in the sixth off reliever Marcus Hatley (2-2). A Robinson Diaz RBI triple followed by a Sean Halton single turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead.
Iowa put up single runs in the third and sixth, both provided by Brad Nelson. Nelson followed an RBI single in the third with an opposite-field home run in the sixth. The home run was number 20 for Nelson, his fourth career 20 home run season.
The Sounds scored its first run on an RBI single by Blake Davis in the fifth off Iowa starter Brooks Raley.
Game two of the series is Saturday at Herschel Greer Stadium.