Friday night in Colorado Springs, the Iowa Cubs (12-9) took advantage of some porous Sky Sox (9-12) defense, scoring four unearned runs, as the Cubs beat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9-2 at Security Service Field. Iowa extended its longest winning streak of the season to four games and Chris Rusin picked up his first victory of the season.
Iowa jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first on singles by Chris Coghlan and Javier Baez and two Sky Sox errors.
Up 2-1 through six innings, Iowa broke the game open in the seventh. After Christian Villanueva led off the inning with a double to center, Logan Watkins followed with a single to center putting runners at first and third. Villanueva scored on an error by Sky Sox pitcher Dan Houston, allowing Eli Whiteside to reach base. Rusin would then reach on a fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt to load the bases. RBI singles by Lars Anderson and Matt Szczur extended the lead to 6-1.
Iowa rallied with two outs in the eighth to post three more runs. After a walk to Watkins and single by Whiteside, Iowa lifted Rusin for pinch-hitter Arismendy Alcantara. Alcantara tripled to left on an 0-2 pitch, scoring Watkins and Whiteside. Alcantara would come around to score when Anderson lined a double to left, extending the lead to 9-1.
Rusin (1-3) picked up his first victory for Iowa, pitching seven innings, giving up one run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six.
Anderson and Szczur picked up two hits each for Iowa and Watkins extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Game three of the four-game series is Saturday in Colorado Springs.