A well-pitched game on both sides saw just enough offense for the Iowa Cubs (60-74) as they defeated the Memphis Redbirds 2-0 on Friday at Principal Park. The Iowa victory keeps its slim chances for the postseason alive, now trailing the Omaha Storm Chasers by six games with 10 remaining.
Iowa pushed across two runs in the fourth. An Edgar Gonzalez single to right scored Dave Sappelt with the first run of the inning. Brad Nelson advanced to third base on the throw to home plate, with Gonzalez moving to second base. The advancement would prove beneficial as with two outs in the inning, Memphis starter Eric Fornataro (1-4) uncorked a wild pitch allowing Nelson to score, giving Iowa a two-run advantage.
From there, Iowa starter Kyle Hendricks (2-0) and the Iowa bullpen held the Redbirds (64-70) offense in check. Hendricks was outstanding over seven innings for Iowa, allowing only run batter to reach third base. Hendricks scattered four hits and one walk with three strikeouts on the night. Hendricks lowered his ERA with Iowa to 2.42 over 26 innings pitched.
Zach Rosscup pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two. Eduardo Sanchez came on to pitch the ninth and maneuvered around a hit batter to record his 2nd save of the season for Iowa.
Game four of the five game series is Saturday at Principal Park.