DES MOINES - The Iowa Cubs (29-40) defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers (34-32) 8-1, Saturday at Principal Park. The I-Cubs scored early and often to secure the series opener.
Iowa got off to a quick start, scoring four runs in the first inning. Jacob Hannemann and Bijan Rademacher reached by single and walk, respectively, before Victor Caratini singled to bring in Hannemann. The I-Cubs speedy center fielder was initially called out at the plate, but was called safe after a conference by the umpires determined the catcher dropped the ball. Iowa took advantage of the overturned call as Stephen Bruno doubled in two runs before Taylor Davis singled in another run to round off the scoring.
The I-Cubs continued their torrid pace in the second when Caratini brought in two more with a single after the I-Cubs had loaded the bases. The I-Cubs scoring ended in the third inning after Davis walked and Mark Zagunis drove him in by smashing a deep home run to straightaway centerfield for his team-leading 10th homer of the season.
Iowa starter Aaron Brooks (4-5) twirled one of his finest starts of the season to earn his fourth win. He went seven innings, allowing just four hits and one run, while walking one and whiffing six. Brooks' only blemish came in the fourth inning when he allowed a leadoff homerun to Bubba Starling. David Rollins and Fernando Rodriguez came in in relief and combined to throw two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while whiffing three to clinch the win.
Iowa and Omaha will play the second game of the four-game series tomorrow at 1:08. Promotions will include Pre-Game Catch on the Field with dads for Father's Day. Catch all the action on AM 940 or listen live on www.iowacubs.com.
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