TONIGHT'S GAME: The Iowa Cubs and New Orleans Baby Cakes meet for the second time in a week. Iowa is coming off a 1-2 series loss to Round Rock. New Orleans also dropped its' last series to Omaha, 1-2.
ABOUT YESTERDAY: Six home runs were hit in the offensive derby between Iowa and Round Rock at Principal Park. Iowa never led in the game, but kept it close. The I-Cubs held a tie into the ninth, but lost it in the final frame. Mark Zagunis and Jeimer Candelario each homered in the fourth, respectively their first and third home runs of the season.
GAME CHANGER: Victor Caratini mashed a long ball to right field for his first career grand slam yesterday. It was Iowa's second of the season, next to Jeimer Candelario's blast against New Orleans on April 7. Iowa claims two of the PCL's four grannies this season. The others players in the group are Omaha's Ramon Torres (4/16 vs. NO) and Round Rock's Will Middlebrooks (4/9 vs. NAS).
BLISTERING PACE: Ian Happ hammered his MiLB-leading sixth home run of the season Sunday. Happ became the first PCL player since 2009 to hit six homers through the first 11 games of the season. The last player to surpass this mark was Iowa's Jake Fox. Fox hit seven homers in his first 11 games and hit one in five of six games from April 14-19. He ended his season with 17 home runs through 45 games.
RECORD SETTING: Though the season is still young, the I-Cubs are already rewriting their personal stat books. Victor Caratini set a career high with five RBI yesterday against Round Rock. Jeimer Candelario set his own career mark with three doubles on April 12 at New Orleans and matched a professional best with four hits the same day.
FINDING A WAY: Taylor Davis keeps finding ways to reach base and has extended his on-base streak to 29 games. Dating back to August 10. Davis is hitting .217 (20-for-92) with 12 runs, five doubles, one home run, 11 RBI and 23 walks. He claims the longest active streak in the PCL. John Andreoli snapped his overall on-base streak on April 12, but keeps his road streak alive. Since August 18, Andreoli has reached in 11-straight road games, hitting .310 (13-for-42) over this span.
AGAINST NEW ORLEANS: This marks the second of four series in which the I-Cubs and Baby Cakes meet in 2017. Last series, the two teams split in a lopsided meeting. Iowa ran away with an 18-5 victory in game two, while New Orleans no-hit Iowa in the fourth game of the matchup. Following this four-game set, Iowa visits New Orleans May 2-5. The two teams meet for the final time this season at Principal Park June 26-29. In 2016, Iowa finished 8-8 against the then-Zephyrs, while going 3-5 on the road.
SLIPPING AWAY: Through the first 12 games of the season, Iowa has played in five one-run contests and is 2-3 in those games. Iowa tops the league with Memphis, Salt Lake and Oklahoma City with the most one-run game so far.
RBI KING: Jeimer Candelario drove in his 17th and 18th runs of the season yesterday Candelario not only leads Minor League Baseball with this mark, but is also tied with Miami's Marcell Ozuna for the top spot in all of baseball. Eleven of Candelario's RBI have come in the first inning.
FREE PASS: Iowa pitching walked 11 batters yesterday, the most free passes that have been given away in a PCL game this season. The last time Iowa walked as many batters was July 7, 2016 at Colorado Springs when the team walked 12. Iowa reached double-digits in walks on one other occasion last season (6/6 vs. MEM).
THAT'S RAD: After going 1-for-13 to begin the season, Bijan Rademacher has turned it around to hit safely in his last four games. The outfielder is 5-for-13 since April 13 with two doubles, four runs and a pair of RBI.
SHORT HOPS: Ian Happ has a hit in nine of 12 games this season and multiple hits in five of his last seven games ... Pierce Johnson has a save in each of his last two outings -- the first saves of his professional career ... Iowa is hitting .263 at home, compared with a .188 mark in road games ... Iowa ranks second from the bottom in the PCL in ERA (5.72) and team average (.232) ... Jeimer Candelario ranked in the top-two in the PCL in RBI (1st, 18), doubles (1st, 7), extra-base hits (1st, 12), total bases (1st, 34), slugging (2nd, .791) and triples (T-1st, 2).
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