Cubs second baseman Jemile Weeks drove in three runs and left fielder John Andreoli smashed a homer, while Storm Chasers second baseman Dean Anna and first baseman Ryan O'Hearn each crushed longballs of their own in Iowa's 9-4 victory over Omaha on Sunday afternoon at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa.
Iowa plated the day's first score in the second, before Omaha evened the match courtesy of 3B Garin Cecchini 's RBI single up the middle. The I-Cubs immediately answered with a single tally in the last of the frame, before putting up a three-spot in the fifth, highlighted by Andreoli's RBI base knock and Weeks' sacrifice fly to center.
Anna would lead off the next inning with a solo shot to right, followed later by an RBI single from 2B Corey Toups , however the I-Cubs continued to match punch back, with Andreoli crushing his eighth big fly of 2017 in the sixth, followed by a two-run double to right from Weeks to up his RBI total to three on the day and make it 8-3. O'Hearn added his smash to left in the seventh, his 15th roundtripper of 2017, nine of which have been hit to the opposite field.
Andreoli (3-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) recorded a game-high three knocks, with Weeks (2-3, R, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI), RF Bijan Rademacher (2-4, R), DH Mark Zagunis (2-4, 3 R, RBI, BB), CF Jacob Hannemann (2-4, 2 R) adding multi-hit efforts. Toups (2-5, 3B, RBI) Sosa (2-4, R) and O'Hearn (2-5, R, HR, RBI), meanwhile, each accumulated two hits for the Storm Chasers.
Omaha starter Jake Junis (5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) suffered the loss to fall to 2-4 on the year, while Iowa righty Jen-Ho Tseng (5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) earned the win in his Triple-A debut. I-Cubs relief man Casey Kelly (3.2 IP, 3 H, R, ER, BB, 2 K) notched his first save and Storm Chasers reliever Miguel Almonte (1.1 IP, 3 H) tossed one-plus innings of scoreless ball, his seventh consecutive shutout appearance between Omaha and Kansas City.
Following the Pacific Coast League All-Star Break, the Storm Chasers are set to begin an eight-game homestand at Werner Park on Thursday, July 13. Their series-opening matchup against the Nashville Sounds is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. CT. Starting pitchers for both sides have not yet been announced.
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