Iowa Holds Off Omaha 7-3

Toups & Dozier homer, 9th-inning comeback falls short

Omaha 2B Corey Toups collected two hits, including a homer, in the Storm Chasers' 7-3 loss to Iowa on Saturday afternoon. (Minda Haas Kuhlmann)

By Omaha Storm Chasers | September 2, 2017 6:49 PM ET

Iowa starter Jen-Ho Tseng fired seven strong innings and left fielder Bijan Rademacher 's two-run single highlighted a three-score tie-breaking seventh inning, while Storm Chasers second baseman Corey Toups and right fielder Hunter Dozier both homered in the Cubs' 7-3 victory over Omaha on Saturday afternoon at Werner Park.

Tseng (7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) at one point set down 12 of 13 batters faced to earn his sixth victory with the I-Cubs. Reliever Pierce Johnson (1.0 IP, 3 K) quelled a ninth-inning Omaha surge to notch his ninth save of 2017. Storm Chasers reliever Eric Stout (1.2 IP, H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, K) suffered the loss to fall to 5-2.

Entering the seventh tied at one, the I-Cubs broke through with a trio of tallies. After 2B Jemile Weeks drew a bases-loaded walk to push Iowa ahead 2-1, Rademacher dropped a two-run bloop single into left-center to extend the advantage to three. C Luis Villegas cut that margin down to 4-2 in the last of the seventh, however the Cubs plated three insurance scores in the top of the ninth.

Iowa also struck first in the opening frame when C Taylor Davis bounced a single into center field to plate RF John Andreoli. Two innings later, Toups smashed his game-tying solo shot to straightaway center to even the contest. Dozier would blast Omaha's second longball of the afternoon with a solo blast to left in the ninth as part of the Storm Chasers' late comeback effort, though the Storm Chasers would ultimately strand the bases loaded.

Davis (2-4, 3 RBI, BB) and Rademacher (2-4, R, 3 RBI, BB, SB) each collected two hits and drove in three runs tolead the Iowa offensive, while Andreoli (2-4, 2 R, 2B, BB) also recorded a pair of knocks. Toups (2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB) and Villegas (2-3, RBI), in addition to 1B Frank Schwindel (2-4, R) and 3B Garin Cecchini (2-4), meanwhile, all posted two-hit efforts in the defeat.

The two teams are slated to continue their four-game set on Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. RHP Christian Binford (6-10, 7.44) is slated to toe the rubber for the Storm Chasers, with the I-Cubs expected to give the nod to LHP Rob Zastryzny (2-3, 9.54).

Tickets are still available for that game and all remaining Storm Chasers contests, and may be purchased at, as well as by calling the Werner Park Ticket Office at (402) 738-5100. To view Ticket Office ours, please click here.

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

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