Tsuyoshi Wada and a trio of relievers combined to shut down the Sky Sox offense, leading the Iowa Cubs (43-38) to a 2-0 victory over Colorado Springs (35-48) on Sunday at Security Service Field. Despite the loss, Iowa still sports a healthy 22-5 record in day games this season.
Wada (9-4) tossed another quality start for the Iowa pitching staff, pitching 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out eight Sky Sox. Wada is tied with teammate Kyle Hendricks and Nashville Sounds’ starter Jimmy Nelson for the league lead in victories with nine. Wada also ranks fifth in the PCL with a 2.55 ERA and is second in the league with 101 strikeouts.
Brian Burres (0-3) was the tough-luck loser on Sunday, allowing one run in six innings. In the fifth, Burres walked Iowa right fielder Ryan Kalish to lead off the inning. Kalish advanced to second via wild pitch and came around to score when Eli Whiteside lined a single to center, giving Iowa a 1-0 lead.
Iowa added an insurance run in the eighth off Sky Sox reliever Dan Houston. Matt Szczur singled and came around to score when Javier Baez drilled an RBI double to center to give Iowa a two-run cushion. Baez reached base three times on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Arismendy Alcantara continued his torrid pace of late, collecting two more hits. Alcantara has 19 hits over his last ten games and leads Iowa in hitting with a .305 average.
Marcus Hatley and Zac Rosscup combined to pitch a scoreless inning, paving the way for Blake Parker to pitch the final 1.1 innings and pick up the save. Parker leads the PCL in saves with 17.
Iowa returns to Principal Park on Monday, opening up a five-game, four-day homestand against the Omaha Storm Chasers.