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Iowa wins sixth in a row behind Baez, Jokisch

Javier Baez blasted a three-run homer on Monday night
Javier Baez blasted a three-run homer on Monday night
Photo by Christian Petersen

Javier Baez and Lars Anderson homered and Eric Jokisch turned in another strong pitching performance as the Iowa Cubs (14-9) defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers 6-3 on Monday night at Principal Park. With the victory, Iowa has won six games in a row.

Down 1-0 in the first after Storm Chasers (10-14) second baseman Johnny Giavotella’s RBI single, Iowa plated three runs in the bottom of the inning. Chris Coghlan led off the game for Iowa with a single to left. Arismendy Alcantara followed with a single to right after his at-bat was prolonged when Omaha pitcher Sugar Ray Marimon (2-1) dropped Alcantara’s bunt pop in foul territory. The error would come back to hurt Marimon when Javier Baez blasted a 1-2 pitch over the left-center field wall for a three-run home run, his third, giving Iowa a 3-1 lead.

Up 3-2 in the fourth, Iowa added another run when Lars Anderson drilled a 2-0 pitch over the center field wall for his first home run of the season, giving Iowa a 4-2 lead.

Anderson added an RBI double in the fifth when he lined a ball off the right field wall scoring Christian Villanueva who singled earlier in the inning.

Jokisch (2-1) made another impressive start, pitching 6.1 innings giving up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight Storm Chasers. Jokisch continues to show great command of the strike zone, having walked only five batters in 31 innings pitched this season.

Iowa posted its final run of the game off former Cubs pitcher Casey Coleman. Luis Flores lined an RBI single off Coleman’s glove scoring Logan Watkins who reached on an error for an unearned run.

Watkins went 0-for-4 on the night, snapping his 12 game hitting streak. Anderson was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, coming a triple short of the cycle. Flores and Coghlan each had two hits.

Francisco Pena and Christian Colon each had solo home runs for Omaha.

Blake Parker struck out the side in the ninth to record his third save of the season for Iowa.

Game two of the series is Tuesday night at Principal Park.