In a game that was an absolute must-win, Yoanner Negrin came up huge for the Iowa Cubs (62-75). The Cubs took a 2-1 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (67-70) on Monday behind a great outing from Negrin. With the victory, Iowa moves to five games behind the Storm Chasers in the division with seven games remaining.
Negrin (4-6) threw his first career complete game on Monday, holding the first-place Storm Chasers to one run on six hits (five singles) and one walk while striking out six. Negrin threw only 105 pitches on the night and didn't allow a runner to third base after the first inning.
The Storm Chasers scored first on an RBI single by Ben Broussard in the opening inning. A second potential run was cut down one at-bat earlier. Johnny Giavotella doubled to center field. Irving Falu, who had reached on a single to open the game, rounded third base, stopped, and then decided to run anyway. Falu was out at home by a good margin.
Iowa tied the game at 1-1 in the third on an RBI single by Edgar Gonzalez, scoring Ty Wright who singled to lead off the inning.
Iowa would take the lead in the fourth on an RBI double by Wright.
Negrin retired the last ten Storm Chasers he faced to complete his best career outing.
Wright went 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI and Jae-Hoon Ha added two hits for Iowa.
Game two of the series is Tuesday at Principal Park.