The Iowa Cubs (58-71) dropped their third straight game to the New Orleans Zephyrs (64-65) by a score of 4-3 in 16 innings on Sunday night. Alex Burg singled with the bases loaded to give the Zephyrs the victory. The loss coupled with another Omaha victory over Memphis, all but eliminates Iowa from contention in the American northern division. Iowa fell to a PCL worst 20-46 record on the road and are now a full seven games behind first-place Omaha.
On Sunday, the I-Cubs wasted another quality start by its starter. Kyle Hendricks gave up three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings. The offense continued to struggle with any timely hitting, loading the bases twice in extra innings but unable to come away with any runs.
Iowa got off to a good start when Brad Nelson hit a two-run home run in the first inning. The home run was Nelson’s 18th on the year, leading the team. His 64 RBI also lead the team.
A sacrifice fly by Zephyrs lead-off hitter Burg and RBI single by Nick Green, tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth.
Iowa immediately re-claimed the lead in the sixth when Tim Torres singled to center, scoring Edwin Maysonet who had doubled, giving Iowa a 3-2 edge.
Zephyrs right fielder Kyle Jensen hit his ninth home run of the year to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth.
One of the keys to the Zephyrs run in the sixteenth was a single by pitcher Rett Varner. After putting the first two runners on base, Chris Valaika was unable to lay down a sacrifice bunt, instead popping up the bunt attempt for the first out. Varner followed with a single, loading the bases before the Burg single ended the game. Zephyrs pitchers were 3-for-3 at the plate in extra innings on Sunday.
Maysonet and Julio Borbon each had three hits for Iowa. Brian Bogusevic went 1-for-5 with a walk in his first game on a rehab assignment with Iowa.
Game four of the series is Monday at Zephyr Field.