DES MOINES, IA - The Iowa Cubs (58-63) split a doubleheader with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (71-48), winning game one 2-0 and falling in the nightcap 6-4, Tuesday at Principal Park. The game one victory snapped a streak of six straight I-Cub losses to the Sky Sox, but the loss dropped Iowa to 3-8 in the season matchup.
Brad Markey, David Garner and Justin Hancock combined for a one-hitter in the early game. Markey, making his first Triple-A start, spun three perfect frames and fanned two before surrendering the ball to Garner. Garner (2-0) took the win, whiffing four across two innings, while Hancock earned his first Triple-A save after two shutout frames.
Chris Dominguez knocked in Iowa's first run with a single in the second. Jacob Hannemann pushed the other run across the plate with a double-play ball in the fourth.
Colorado Springs built a 3-0 lead after four in game two, but Taylor Davis, Iowa's hottest hitter, drilled a two-RBI double high off the left-center wall in the fifth to make it a one-run game. Later in the inning, Ali Solis crushed another double to score two and give Iowa the 4-3 advantage.
Iowa was one strike away from the sweep, but Colorado Springs cashed in when it counted. Jack Leathersich (1-4) gave up three runs, none earned, in the seventh inning on one hit and two walks to get tagged with a blown save and the loss.
Iowa and Colorado Springs play the third of a six-game set at Principal Park tomorrow at 12:08 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit www.iowacubs.com.
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