Tsuyoshi Wada continued his impressive start to the season and his offense provided plenty of support as the Iowa Cubs (11-9) shutout the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9-0 on Thursday night at Principal Park. The win gave Iowa its first three game winning streak of the season.
Iowa pounded out a season-high 14 hits against Sky Sox (9-11) pitching. Leading the way for the I-Cubs was Chris Valaika. Valaika went 4-for-5 with a double and RBI.
Chris Coghlan put Iowa on the board with an RBI double in the third, giving Iowa a 1-0 lead. Iowa extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth on a two-run double by catcher Eli Whiteside. Back-to-back RBI doubles in the fifth by Valaika and Josh Vitters put Iowa in front 5-0 and the rout was on.
Wada (3-1) pitched five innings, giving up four hits and one walk, while striking out six. In 26.1 innings this season, Wada has given up only 14 hits and two runs, walking only three while striking out 29. Wada’s ERA now sits at a sparkling 0.68.
Alberto Cabrera came on in relief of Cabrera, pitching two scoreless innings while striking out four. Cabrera has only given up one run in 11 innings this season, for an ERA of 0.82.
Coghlan, Vitters, and Christian Villanueva had two hits each for Iowa, with Villanueva adding three RBI. Logan Watkins single in the third extended his hitting streak to ten games, the current longest streak in the PCL.
Game two of the series is Friday night at Security Service Field.
ROSTER NOTES: Iowa had a flurry of roster moves on Thursday. The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the disabled list. The Cubs also optioned pitcher Blake Parker to Iowa. In corresponding moves, the Cubs recalled pitchers Neil Ramirez and Zac Rosscup from Iowa. Pitcher Jeff Antigua was added to the Iowa roster from extended spring training. Antigua appeared in 16 games for Iowa in 2013 and compiled a 2-2 record with a 5.40 ERA in 40 innings pitched.