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Big Inning Lifts I-Cubs over RedHawks07/11/2009 12:40 AM ET
By Randy Wehofer / Iowa Cubs
Oklahoma City, OK - The Iowa Cubs (45-42) scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie on their way to an 11-5 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks (42-44) at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark tonight. Matt Camp had a bases loaded double that drove in three and Steve Clevenger added a two-run double to highlight the outburst that set a season-high for most runs in an inning. The Cubs finished with 15 hits and evened this series at a game apiece.
The RedHawks struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning off Cubs' starter Mitch Atkins. Julio Borbon led off with the first of his three hits, stole the first of his three bases, and scored the first of his three runs on a base hit by Esteban German. German stole second and scored on a single by Chris Davis. The Cubs came back with a run in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Nate Spears and then took the lead in the top of the third inning when John-Ford Griffin launched a three-run homer off RedHawks' starter Bryan Corey. The RedHawks got a run back in the bottom of the third when Davis drove in Borbon with a single and they tied the game in the fifth when Borbon scored on Davis' sacrifice fly to right field.
Corey got a groundout to start the top of the sixth inning, but three straight singles by Chris Robinson, Spears, and Darwin Barney loaded the bases. The RedHawks brought in lefty A.J. Murry to face Camp who had checked into the game on defense in the fourth inning for Sam Fuld. Fuld was taken out of the game because he was called up by Chicago to take the roster spot of the injured Geovany Soto. Camp slapped a double past Davis at third that rolled into the left field corner to drive in all three runners. With So Taguchi at the plate, Camp then stole third and scored when catcher Kevin Richardson's throw skipped into left field. Taguchi would draw a walk and Griffin followed with a single. Matt Craig followed with a base hit that brought in Taguchi with the fifth run of the inning and then Clevenger doubled into the left field corner to drive in the final two runs. The hit also extended Clevenger's hitting streak to seven games.
Atkins (6-9) allowed one run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but earned the win. It was his first win on the road this season after starting 0-6 in his first seven outings. Justin Berg followed with two scoreless innings in relief for the Cubs and Jason Waddell finished the game by striking out two in a scoreless ninth. Corey (3-4) was tagged with the loss.
The Cubs and RedHawks continue this series with a split double-header tomorrow at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. The first game will start at 1:05 with RH Jose Ascanio (1-1, 0.81) on the mound for the Cubs against RH Kris Benson, making his season debut for the RedHawks. Game two starts at 7:05 p.m. with LH Jeremy Papelbon (0-0, 0.00) scheduled to pitch for the Cubs against RH Josh Rupe (1-6, 6.92). Both games will be broadcast live on AM 940 with the pre-game shows starting at 12:45 and 6:45.
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