Redbirds Fall To Iowa

Redbirds Fall To Iowa

Five-run scoring rally dooms Memphis.
-Memphis Redbirds

Redbirds Remain Two Games Behind Division-Leading Omaha

DES MOINES, Iowa – A five-run scoring rally featuring four doubles propelled the Iowa Cubs to an 8-5 victory over the Memphis Redbirds on Saturday night at Principal Park.

Combined with the loss by Omaha earlier in the evening, Memphis (64-71) remains two games back in the PCL American Northern Division with nine games remaining to play. Iowa improves to five games behind Omaha in third place.

Cubs prospect Mike Olt finished a triple short of the cycle, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Outfielder Mike O’Neill drew three walks for the fifth time this season while second baseman Greg Garcia went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, and two stolen bases. Chad Huffman, Ryan Jackson, and Travis Tartamella each added two hits.

Both teams traded runs in the second inning as Tartamella hammered an RBI single to score Garcia. Olt answered with his 14th home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field wall. Olt then gave Iowa a 2-1 advantage in fourth inning with an RBI single to score former Redbird Edgar Gonzalez.

Memphis answered with a pair of runs in the next frame to take a 3-2 lead. With runners in second and third thanks to an O’Neill walk and Brock Peterson double, Garcia lined a two-out, two-run double to right field off of Casey Coleman.

Iowa responded with the tying run in the bottom of the fifth as the first three batters reached. Greg Rogan walked, moved to third on a Ty Wright double, and scored as Dave Sappelt singled to second base.

The Cubs rallied for five runs on four doubles and a pair of walks in the sixth inning to go back ahead at 8-3. Tim Torres hit a liner under the glove of the sliding Jamie Romak to score Olt for the first run, followed by a sacrifice fly by Wright. Sappelt and Brad Nelson then smoked back-to-back doubles off of reliever Deryk Hooker for the next three runs.

Three consecutive two-out hits gave Memphis its two runs in the ninth inning. Huffman doubled home Garcia in the ninth, which missed a home run by only a couple feet . Garcia previously reached on an infield single and stole second base. Ryan Jackson followed with an RBI single.

Nick Greenwood (2-7) finished with four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a pair of walks in 5 1/3 innings for the loss. Hooker was charged with four runs on three hits and two walks in 2/3 of an inning. Jorge Rondon and Sam Freeman each threw scoreless frames.

Coleman scattered three runs on five hits with four walks in five frames. Alberto Cabrera (1-3) worked a scoreless frame for his first win of the season.

The two teams conclude their five-game series at 1:05 pm CT on Sunday afternoon at Principal Park. Left-hander Nick Additon (9-7, 4.10) will toe the rubber in the series finale against Iowa lefty Brookes Raley (8-9, 4.15).
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