DES MOINES, Iowa - Three Iowa Cubs pitchers held the Nashville Sounds to only one hit -- an Anderson De La Rosa single -- while recording a 1-0 victory in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday evening at Principal Park.
The game featured a pitchers' duel between Tyler Thornburg and Barret Loux as neither team scored over the first five innings of action.
Thornburg (0-9) took another in a series of recent hard-luck losses for Nashville, allowing one unearned run on five hits while striking out seven batters over six innings. The game's only run scored as a result of his own throwing error. Thornburg threw 91 pitches and received credit for a complete game.
With the clubs locked in a scoreless deadlock, Iowa finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth, plating an unearned run follow a throwing error on the Sounds hurler.
Logan Watkins led off the inning with a single. Later, Steve Clevenger hit a one-out comebacker to the mound which should have been an inning-ending double play but Thornburg misfired to second, leaving runners on first and second. Former Sound Brad Nelson drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases for Brent Lillibridge, who fanned for the second out. With pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy at the plate, Thornburg uncorked a wild pitch to allow Watkins to race home with the game's only run.
Brian Schlitter came on for the bottom of the seventh and retired the Sounds' 2-3-4 hitters in order to secure his fourth save of the year.
Hisanori Takahashi (1-0) worked one scoreless inning of relief to pick up his first win of the year for Iowa.
The teams continue the series with a 7:05 p.m. meeting on Thursday. Right-hander Frankie De La Cruz (1-6, 7.77) will toe the slab for the Sounds. Iowa will counter with right-hander Yoanner Negrin (1-2, 3.67).