Game Notes - 4.20 @ NOLA

The Iowa Cubs take on the Round Rock Express at Principal Park on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa. Members of the Iowa Cubs wore no. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, who made his MLB debut 70 years ago today. (Dylan Heuer)

By Iowa Cubs | April 20, 2017 7:37 PM ET

TONIGHT'S GAME: The Iowa Cubs and New Orleans Baby Cakes play game three of the four-game series tonight. The two teams are even at three wins each in the season matchup.  

GRAND EXIT: Taylor Davis hit a second-inning grand slam yesterday, the second of his career (April 29, 2012 vs. Fort Wayne) and Iowa's third this season. Jeimer Candelario hit a homer with the bases loaded on April 7 at Oklahoma City and Victor Caratini did the same on Monday against Round Rock. Iowa has hit three of the six grand slams in the PCL this season. The others players in the group are Omaha's Ramon Torres (4/16 vs. NO), Round Rock's Will Middlebrooks (4/9 vs. NAS) and Colorado Springs' Brett Phillips 4/19 vs. MEM). 

IRON MEN: 20 players in the PCL have appeared in all 14 games this season and Jeimer Candelario is one of them. Candelario has started 12 games for Iowa at third base and a pair at first.  

SO NICE HE DID IT TWICE: John Andreoli whacked a leadoff home run yesterday to spark Iowa's offense, then repeated the effort in his next at-bat in the second. These marked Andreoli's first homers of the season and his 10th leadoff bomb while with the Iowa Cubs. It was Andreoli's third career two-homer game (4/25/16 vs. OKC, 4/6/14 @ CSP). 

LOCKED OUT: Iowa was on the losing end of a shutout Tuesday 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. 

ON A ROLL: Taylor Davis keeps finding ways to reach base and has extended his on-base streak to a league-leading 31 games. Dating back to August 10, Davis is hitting .230 (23-for-100) with 13 runs, six doubles, two home runs, 16 RBI and 23 walks. John Andreoli snapped his overall on-base streak on April 12, but keeps his road streak alive. Since August 18, Andreoli has reached in 12-straight road games, hitting .326 (15-for-46) 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.

PERFECTION: Felix Pena is the only active Iowa pitcher that has yet to allow a run this season. Pena allowed three hits and walked four through his first two outings (3.0IP), but since, has not allowed a base runner (2.2IP). The righty has whiffed nine in 5.2 total innings over four appearances.

HIGH FIVE: Taylor Davis matched a career high with five RBI yesterday. He notched the fifth five-RBI game of the season for the I-Cubs. Jeimer Candelario boasts three of them and Victor Caratini has one. Iowa players posted four total five-RBI games between 2015 and 2016. 

ALL OR NOTHING: Iowa's offense has been on a rollercoaster this season. The team has rallied for five or more runs eight times and is 6-2 in those contests. On the flip side, Iowa has been limited to two or fewer runs six times and is 1-5 in those games. 

SEESAW: Iowa recorded a season-high four errors Tuesday, while also turning three double plays. Iowa is tied for the league lead with 19 double plays and is second to El Paso (17) with the most errors in the PCL this season (16). Iowa is 4-2 when it does not commit an error. 

SHORT HOPS: Iowa is 7-3 on the season when scoring first ... Pierce Johnson is third among PCL reliever, averaging 15.88 strikeouts per nine innings ... Eddie Butler is fifth in the league with a 1.45 ERA through three starts ... Iowa ranks second from the bottom in the PCL in ERA (5.44) and team average (.230) ... Eddie Butler claims both of Iowa's quality starts this season ... Victor Caratini has a hit in five straight games, tying for the longest streak for an I-Cub this season. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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