The Iowa Cubs' futility on the road continues. Iowa was shut out for the 14th time in 2013, a number that leads the PCL. On Saturday, Brian Flynn went eight strong innings as the New Orleans Zephyrs (63-65) took a 3-0 decision over the Iowa (58-70), which has the league’s worst road record at 20-45.
Iowa starter Justin Grimm (2-3), acquired in the Matt Garza trade with the Texas Rangers, provided the team with another quality start giving up only three runs in seven innings. However, the sputtering Iowa offense couldn't sustain any offense as Flynn (6-10) scattered seven singles while allowing no walks.
Grimm gave up a solo home run to Zephyr second baseman Chris Valaika in the third and gave up two runs on the fourth, on an RBI groundout and wild pitch.
The only bright spot for Iowa on the evening was another impressive outing by Zach Rosscup. Rosscup pitched the eighth for Iowa, striking out the side and allowing one hit. Since being called up from double-A Tennessee earlier in August, Rosscup has appeared in four games and pitched 3.2 innings. Rosscup has given up two hits and walked two while striking out 10.
Ty Wright had two hits for Iowa.
Game three of the series is Sunday at Zephyr Field.