The Iowa Cubs (15-10) extended its winning streak to seven games after a 1-0 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (11-15) in game one of a double-header Thursday at Principal Park. Omaha came back to take an 8-6 victory in the second game, in one of the uglier games of the season. Both games were seven inning games.
Tsuyoshi Wada posted yet another strong performance in game one, leading Iowa to victory. Wada (4-1) pitched five innings giving up only two hits and a walk while striking out eight Storm Chasers. Wada lowered his already impressive ERA to 0.57. Wada has pitched 31.1 innings in five starts. He has surrendered two solo home runs, the only runs scored on him in 2014. Wada has 37 strikeouts against only four walks.
Matt Szczur’s fourth inning RBI single to left scoring Chris Valaika was the only run of the game. Ramon Troncoso (1-1) was the hard-luck loser for Omaha.
Marcus Hatley pitched the sixth and Blake Parker picked up his fourth save for Iowa, pitching the seventh.
Game two of the day featured four errors and saw seven of the 14 runs scored go in the unearned runs column. The loss snapped Iowa’s seven-game winning streak.
Johnny Giavotella’s RBI single in the sixth proved to be the game winner for Omaha, coming off Iowa reliever Yoanner Negrin (0-1). The run was unearned after a fielding error by Logan Watkins earlier in the inning allowed the baserunners to advance.
Szczur, Watkins, and Luis Flores each had two RBI for Iowa.
Brian Fletcher hit his first home run of the season for Omaha and came up a triple short of the cycle.
Justin Marks (2-1) picked up the win in relief for Omaha and Spencer Patton recorded his fourth save of the season.
Iowa opens up a four-game series in Nashville on Friday night.