Apr 25, 2014 11:54 PM by Jordan Mason
With the Sky Sox (9-12) trailing by just a run for much of the night, the Iowa Cubs (12-9) broke the game open with a big four-run seventh inning Friday night at Security Service Field to defeat Colorado Springs, 9-2.
The I-Cubs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off LHP Yohan Flande, though both runs were unearned because of a throwing error from 3B Paul Janish.
However, Janish quickly rebounded in the second inning to hit a two-out RBI single to right, driving in RF Tim Wheeler.
The Sky Sox would tack on another run in the 8th when Ben Paulsen hit a pinch-hit triple to right-center field, and scored in the next at-bat thanks to a sacrifice fly by CF Jason Pridie.
Despite the two runs early, Flande put together his best game of the young season, shutting out the I-Cubs in the next five frames, before Iowa struck for four in the 7th. Flande gave up a double and single before RHP Dan Houston relieved him, but Houston allowed Flande's runners to score and gave up two more runs, although both were unearned.
The I-Cubs tacked on another three in the eighth thanks to a two-out pinch-hit triple by Arismendy Alcantara off RHP Brooks Brown. In the next at-bat, 1B Lars Anderson scored Alcantara on a double to left.
Flande finished with six innings, seven hits, four runs (two earned), while striking out four batter against zero walks.
Cubs starting pitcher LHP Chris Rusin also turned in his best start of the season with seven innings, allowing just one run on seven hits, while fanning six Sox batters and walking one.
Both T. Wheeler and C Jackson Williams recorded multi-hits for the Sky Sox. Williams smacked his second double of the season. For the Cubs, Anderson and CF Matt Szczur both had two hits on the night, and 10 of 11 I-Cubs who had an at-bat recorded a hit in Friday's game
The Sky Sox and I-Cubs will be back at it Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. (MDT). LHP Christian Friedrich (1-2, 5.14 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Sky Sox, while RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-1, 3.65 ERA) will make his fifth start of the season for Iowa.
· On Friday, RHP Chris Martin was called up to the Colorado Rockies for his first Major League call-up. To make room for Martin, the Rockies optioned RHP Chad Bettis and moved LHP Brett Anderson to the 60-day disabled list.
· RHP Nick Masset tossed a perfect ninth inning on Friday night. He has now tossed 4.2 scoreless innings this season, while striking out six batters against zero walks. His only blemish was a single in his first outing of the season.