DES MOINES, Iowa - The Omaha Storm Chasers (10-15) dropped the first game of the doubleheader with the Iowa Cubs (15-9) by a score of 1-0, the third time they have been shutout this season. It was their eighth straight road game loss, tying a team record during their time in the Pacific Coast League. The Storm Chasers had the tying run at second base when the final out was recorded.
Left-hander Tim Collins made the start for Omaha, his third appearance as part of his MLB Rehab assignment and first career start. Collins pitched two scoreless while racking up five strikeouts while allowing only one ball in play on a fly-out. Collins has racked up 10 strikeouts in 4.0 innings for the Chasers in three appearances and has not given up a hit.
Omaha was held in check by Iowa left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, the ERA leader in the PCL this season, who allowed only three total Storm Chasers on base in five innings of work. Wada has allowed only two runs in 31.2 innings this season for a 0.57 ERA. The three hits for Omaha were tied for their second lowest total in a game this season.
Iowa scored the only run of the game on a two-out RBI single by Matt Szczur in the fifth inning, off reliever Ramon Troncoso. Omaha pitchers Collins, Troncoso and Buddy Baumann struck out 11 Cubs in the game, the second highest punch-out total this season. The last time Omaha has totaled 10 or more strikeouts in a seven-inning game was July 25, 2010 against New Orleans at Rosenblatt.
In Game 2 of the Doubleheader, the Chasers will send out RHP P.J. Walters (0-2, 6.64 ERA) against Iowa RHP Carlos Pimentel (1-3, 6.14 ERA).