PAPILLION, NE - A three-run seventh broke a tie game, lifting the Iowa Cubs (67-70) to a 7-3 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers (67-72), Saturday at Werner Park.
Iowa took the immediate lead as John Andreoli led off the game with a double and later scored on an RBI hit from Taylor Davis. Iowa wouldn't get another hit until the fifth and was held to six in the game. A season-high 10 walks boosted the offensive effort as eight of nine I-Cub starters walked at least once.
A Corey Toups homer tied the game in the third and the 1-1 score held through six. Iowa got going in the seventh, tabbing a three-run inning on one hit and five walks. A bases-load free pass to Jemile Weeks brought in the go-ahead run and the Iowa lead was quickly extended on a two-RBI single from Bijan Rademacher.
Jen-Ho Tseng (6-1) rolled through six innings, before slowing in the seventh. Omaha sent seven batters to the plate, bringing in a run on three hits and a walk. Tseng loaded the bags, but was able to get out of the jam with no further damage. He exited after seven, allowing two total runs on eight hits, one walk and a home run, while fanning two in his final start of the season.
Iowa added to the lead with a three-run ninth, aided by an RBI single from Rademacher and a two-RBI hit from Davis. Both Iowa hitters tabbed 2-for-4 games with one walk and three RBI.
Omaha rallied in the ninth, getting a leadoff home run from Hunter Dozier and loading the bases with no outs on David Garner. Garner would surrender the ball to Pierce Johnson, who promptly struck out the side in order to preserve the I-Cub win and take his ninth save of the season.
Iowa and Omaha meet again at Werner Park at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow. Follow the action on AM 940 or www.iowacubs.com.
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