TODAY'S GAME: The Iowa Cubs and New Orleans Baby Cakes play game two of the four-game series today. New Orleans took over the 3-2 edge in the season match up with a win last night and has won the last two meetings against Iowa.
LOCKED OUT: Iowa was on the losing end of a shutout last night for the first time this season and is now 1-1 in shutout games. El Paso and Tacoma are tied at the top of the league with four shutouts this season (2-2), while five teams (CSP, FRE, MEM, REN, SL) have yet to play in a shutout contest. In 2016, Iowa went 8-6 in shutouts.
UNDER THE SUN: Iowa is 3-4 in day games this season. In 2016, Iowa went 20-18 in day games and was 11-2 on the road.
GAME CHANGER: Victor Caratini mashed a long ball to right field for his first career grand slam Monday. 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).
IRON MEN: 21 players in the PCL have appeared in all 13 games this season and Ian Happ and Jeimer Candelario are two of them. Candelario has started 11 games for Iowa at third base and a pair at first. The Cubs have been working on Happ's versatility, placing him at his natural second base (9G), and also left field (1G), right field (1G) and center (1G). He has DH'd once.
FINDING A WAY: Taylor Davis keeps finding ways to reach base and has extended his on-base streak to 30 games. Dating back to August 10, Davis is hitting .221 (21-for-95) with 12 runs, five doubles, one home run, 11 RBI and 23 walks. He claims the longest active streak in the PCL. Through each of his 10 games this season, Davis has reached more than once in just one contest (4/12 vs. NO). He has exactly one base in every other game via single or walk. 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.
RBI KING: Jeimer Candelario drove in his 17th and 18th runs of the season Monday. 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.
SEESAW: Iowa recorded a season-high four errors last night, while also turning three double plays. Iowa paces the league with 19 double plays and is second to El Paso (17) with the most errors in the PCL this season (14).
THAT'S RAD: After going 1-for-13 to begin the season, Bijan Rademacher has turned it around to hit safely in his last five games, marking the longest hitting streak for an I-Cub this season. The outfielder is 6-for-17 since April 13 with two doubles, four runs and a pair of RBI.
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 Monday 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.
SHORT HOPS: Last night marked the fifth game of the season in which Iowa has allowed 10 or more hits. The I-Cubs are 0-5 in these contests ... 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 .179 mark in road games ... Iowa ranks second from the bottom in the PCL in ERA (5.71) and team average (.225) ... 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 (3rd .756) and triples (T-1st, 2).
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