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Wada strong in Iowa victory over Nashville

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Tsuyoshi Wada pitched six strong innings, picking up the victory in the Iowa Cubs 4-2 victory over the Nashville Sounds (32-28) on Tuesday afternoon at Greer Stadium. Iowa was out-hit 11-6 but some timely hitting and an error helped provide the margin of victory.

Iowa (30-26) was tasked with facing Sounds starter Brad Mills. Mills came into the game with a 4-0 record and a 1.74 ERA, good for second best in the league, trailing only teammate Jimmy Nelson.

Iowa broke through against Mills (4-1) in the fifth. Christian Villanueva blooped an RBI double down the left field line scoring Casper Wells who led off the inning with a single. Villanueva leads Iowa with 16 doubles.

Up 1-0 in the sixth, Iowa posted three more runs. Wada and Matt Szczur led off with back-to-back singles. Arismendy Alcantara followed with a sacrifice bunt. Mills attempted to get Wada at third base but threw the ball past the third baseman allowing Wada and Szczur to score with Alcantara advancing to second on the play. Alcantara would score a few batter later on an RBI single by Ryan Kalish, giving Iowa a 4-0 lead.

Wada (5-3) scattered seven hits in six innings, allowing only one run with one walk and five strikeouts. Carlos Pimentel pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief for Iowa and Blake Parker recorded the final four outs of the game, giving him 11 saves on the season.

After a day off on Wednesday, Iowa returns home Thursday for a four-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

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