Saturday night in Des Moines, Nashville Sounds starter Mike Fiers struck out a career-high 13 batters while Iowa Cubs pitching gave up a season-high 18 hits. Not surprisingly, the final result was a 10-1 rout by the Sounds (20-16).
Five days after Iowa (18-15) batters cuffed around Fiers, scoring five runs over five innings, Fiers dominated Iowa batters on Saturday. Fiers cruised over 6.2 innings, scattering five hits and one walk while retiring 13 batters by strikeout. Fiers (6-1) lowered his ERA to 1.59, third best in the PCL. Fiers leads the PCL in strikeouts with 64 in 45.1 innings pitched. Perhaps most impressive is Fiers has walked a mere six batters this season.
Iowa starter Eric Jokisch (2-3) struggled, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits and one walk while striking out five over four innings.
Josh Vitters RBI single in the eighth pushed across Arismendy Alcantara with the only run of the game for Iowa. Christian Villanueva went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
Hector Gomez and Sean Halton both homered for the Sounds. Gomez, Halton, and Elian Herrera each had three hits while Hunter Morris and Taylor Green added two each. Every position contributed at least one hit on the night for Nashville.
Game two of the series is Sunday afternoon at Principal Park.