Iowa and El Paso Split Twin Bill

The Iowa Cubs take on the New Orleans Baby Cakes at Principal Park on Friday, April 14th, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Dylan Heuer)

By Iowa Cubs | June 11, 2018 3:37 PM

DES MOINES, IA - Iowa and El Paso split an early doubleheader, Monday at Principal Park. The I-Cubs (24-38) won Game 1 6-5, before the Chihuahuas (32-33) took Game 2 3-0.  

It was a back-and-forth contest in the first game as El Paso logged a three-run first inning, but Iowa was able to recover. The I-Cubs got a run back in the bottom of the first and knotted the game at 3-3 in the second on RBI singles from Jacob Hannemann and Victor Caratini. The two teams continued to trade leads as Caratini punctuated his effort with a two-run shot in the fourth. The contest was tied heading into the sixth, but the I-Cubs took advantage of a Lane Adams leadoff walk, manufacturing the winning run without notching a hit in the inning.

Jen-Ho Tseng was chased after just two outs in the shortest outing of his career. He was tagged for three earned runs and took a no-decision. Alberto Baldonado (2-1) grabbed the win after allowing one run through 2.0 innings. Dillon Maples struck out the side in the seventh to earn his fourth save of the season.

Game 2 took on a different tone as Iowa and El Paso combined for just eight hits, only two belonging to the I-Cubs. The Chihuahuas got two runs in the fourth off Iowa starter Alec Mills on a two-run long ball off the bat of Javy Guerra. El Paso added insurance in the seventh, as Iowa was shutout for the sixth time this season.

Mills (3-5) took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits while fanning seven. David Bote and Bijan Rademacher claimed Iowa's only hits of the game.

The I-Cubs head to Reno for a three-game series with the Aces beginning at 9:05 p.m. CT Wednesday, June 13. Follow the action on www.iowacubs.com, AM 940, or MiLB.TV. 

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

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