Kyle Hendricks was outstanding on the mound and Javier Baez drove in four runs, leading the Iowa Cubs (37-35) to an 8-3 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (34-42) on Friday night at Principal Park before a season-high 14,128 fans.
Hendricks (8-5) was in control all night, retiring the first 15 batters he faced before giving up an infield single to El Paso third baseman Jonathan Galvez to lead off the sixth. Hendricks was lifted after giving up a run in the eighth but tossed 7.2 innings, allowing only one run on three hits while walking none and striking out six.
Offensively for Iowa, Baez had the big night. The top rated prospect in the Cubs organization went 3-for-4 with a double and tied a season-high with 4 RBI, driving in runs in the first, third, and fourth innings, all coming off of El Paso starter Donn Roach (0-1). Baez leads the team with 42 RBI this season.
Iowa continued its recent power streak when Logan Watkins blasted a two-run home run in the seventh. The second home run of the season for Watkins gave Iowa an 8-1 lead. Iowa has now homered in a season-high seven straight games.
After his heralded debut that saw him hit his first triple-A home run on Thursday, Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Friday.
Arodys Vizcaino struggled in his debut with Iowa. Vizcaino last pitched in a triple-A game in 2011 as a member of the Gwinnett Braves. Vizcaino, who didn’t pitch in 2012 or 2013 while coming back from injury, came on to pitch the ninth for Iowa. Vizcaino faced six batters, retiring only one, while giving up two runs on four hits and a walk.
Alberto Cabrera relieved Vizcaino with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth. Cabrera retired both batters he faced to pick up his first save of the season for Iowa.
Arismendy Alcantara and Matt Szczur each had two hits for Iowa. Szczur has picked it up at the plate, hitting .316 (12-for-38) over his last ten games.
In his first start on his rehab assignment from the Chicago Cubs, catcher Welington Castillo went 1-for-5 with an RBI.
Iowa welcomes the Albuquerque Isotopes, triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, for a four-game series beginning Saturday night at Principal Park.