Paced by a six-run fifth inning, the Sacramento River Cats (40-29) took its second straight game off the Iowa Cubs (33-33) with a 9-4 victory on Saturday night at Raley Field. With the loss, Iowa extended its losing streak to a season-high five games.
The game was scoreless through the first four innings before Matt Szczur singled to left, scoring Josh Vitters with the first run of the game in the top of the fifth.
The Iowa lead was short lived however as the River Cats roughed up Iowa starter Tsuysohi Wada in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Ladendorf homered to tie the game at 1-1. A single, double, and walk later, the bases were loaded for Sacramento. A bases loaded walk to Jose Martinez scored another Sacramento run and chased Wada (6-4) from the game. Alberto Cabrera was greeted with a two-run single by Colin Walsh and another run would score on a throwing error by shortstop Arismendy Alcantara, giving the River Cats a 6-1 lead.
Coming off a grand slam on Friday night, Nate Freiman blasted a two-run home run in the sixth, giving the River Cats an 8-1 lead.
Iowa pushed across three runs in the eighth, highlighted by an RBI single by Chris Valaika and the second home run of the season by Luis Flores.
Szczur went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Valaika added two hits for Iowa.
Dan Straily (4-1) picked up the victory for Sacramento, tossing seven innings and allowing only one run on five hits and three walks while striking out nine Iowa batters.
NOTES: The Chicago Cubs activated Zac Rosscup from the disabled list and optioned him back to Iowa. Rosscup will take the roster spot of Jeff Antigua who was placed on the disabled list.