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Wada pitches Iowa to victory over Nashville

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Tsuyoshi Wada backed up a great starting effort by Eric Jokisch on Sunday with one of his own on Monday as the Iowa Cubs (2-3) defeated the Nashville Sounds 4-1 at Principal Park.

Wada, making his first start of the season, kept Nashville hitters off balance all evening. Wada’s only blemish was a home run to Sounds’ second baseman Eugenio Velez in the second, giving the Sounds a 1-0 lead.

Iowa would tie the game at 1-1 in the fifth when Eli Whiteside singled up the middle, scoring Brett Jackson who had tripled to right in the previous at bat.

The big offensive blow for Iowa came in the sixth. I-Cubs third baseman Christian Villanueva absolutely crushed a Kyle Heckathorn (0-1) pitch over the left field wall for a three-run home run, giving Iowa a 4-1 lead.

From there, Iowa pitching did the rest. Wada (1-0) finished the day with 6.2 innings pitched, giving up three hits and one run, while walking one and striking out eight. Neil Ramirez followed Wada with 1.1 scoreless innings and Blake Parker pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

Brett Jackson, who was off to a tough start offensively, was 2-for-2 with a triple and a walk before coming out on a double switch.

Game two of the four-game series is Tuesday night at Principal Park.

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