PAPILLION, NE - The Iowa Cubs (56-60) threatened in the ninth inning, but couldn't complete the comeback as the Omaha Storm Chasers (55-63) took a 6-5 win, Friday at Werner Park.
The Storm Chasers flew to a 4-0 lead with a four-run second off Iowa starter Seth Frankoff (1-7). That would be the only damage the righty would allow, though a career-high five walks led to an early exit. Frankoff surrendered the ball after four, giving up four hits and fanning three.
John Andreoli helped get the I-Cubs scoring started in the third, roping a single to right, stealing second and coming around to score on a Taylor Davis base hit. Chesny Young doubled Iowa's score with one swing of the bat in the fourth, swatting his first Triple-A home run in his 99th game as an I-Cub.
Iowa added runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, but Omaha matched the effort in each inning to keep the two-run edge. The I-Cubs then rallied in the ninth, plating a run on a Mike Freeman sacrifice fly, but the effort fell short.
Andreoli and Stephen Bruno each notched three-hit games for Iowa, as Davis stayed hot with a 2-for-5 contest. The group accounted for eight of Iowa's 10 hits on the night. Brad Markey gave Iowa three strong innings out of the bullpen, allowing one run on three hits in his Triple-A debut.
RHP Williams Perez (5-7) has the ball for Iowa in game two of the set tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. in Omaha. Follow the action on AM 940 or www.iowacubs.com.
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