Nashville Sounds pitching held the Iowa Cubs offense to three hits while striking out 13 I-Cubs batters en route to a 3-1 victory on Saturday night at Greer Stadium in Nashville. Iowa has dropped the first two games of its eight-game road trip to Nashville and New Orleans.
Nashville (17-12) pitching dominated the game. Iowa only had one batter reach second base, a Christian Villanueva double in the second, through the first seven innings. Nashville starter Johnnie Lowe and winning pitcher Brent Leach (2-0) combined for seven shutout innings giving up only two hits and one walk while striking out ten.
Iowa (15-12) broke through for its only run of the game in the eighth on Lars Anderson’s RBI pinch-hit single, scoring Brett Jackson who walked earlier in the inning. Anderson, Villanueva, and Logan Watkins picked up the three Iowa hits on the evening.
Iowa starter Kyle Hendricks (3-2) didn’t pitch poorly, giving up three runs in 5.1 innings. Hendricks allowed five hits and walked two while striking out eight. Zac Rosscup pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief of Hendricks and Alberto Cabrera pitched a scoreless eighth for Iowa.
Nashville built an early 1-0 lead in the first when Elian Herrera scored on a Hendricks wild pitch. The Sounds scored two runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Hunter Morris and an RBI double by Jeremy Hermida.
Dustin Molleken picked up his first save of the season for the Sounds, retiring Iowa in order in the ninth.
Game three of the series is Sunday afternoon at Greer Stadium.
NOTES: A slew of roster moves occurred on Saturday. As expected, the Chicago Cubs purchased the contract of Chris Coghlan. Coghlan was needed in Chicago when Ryan Sweeney went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. The Cubs also activated Jake Arrieta on Saturday. Arrieta takes the place of Zac Rosscup on the roster. Rosscup was optioned back to Iowa. Iowa activated outfielder Brett Jackson from the disabled list and loaned Yoanner Negrin to the Mexican League.