Iowa 5, Round Rock 4 (11 Innings)
For the third time in the first four games of the series, Iowa and Round Rock would require extra innings to decide a winner. The Iowa bullpen was not up to the task the first two times, and when Alex Wilson coughed up a two-run 8th inning lead in this one, it didn't look good again. But over the next three innings Randy Rosario, James Norwood, and Dillon Maples slammed the door. They didn't allow a hit, while striking out five Express batters in total.
The Cubs walked it off in the bottom of the 11th without the benefit of a hit. Johnny Field led off the frame with a walk. After Vimael Machin failed to convert his sac bunt attempt, Donnie Dewees and P.J. Higgins drew two more walks to load the bases. Phillip Evans came through with a sacrifice fly to right to bring Field home.
Iowa built its early lead on the backs of a double by Field and triple by Dewees in the 5th, which plated two runs, and then a Jim Adduci solo homer and RBI double by Jhonny Pereda in the 6th added two more. Matt Swarmer, who has settled in as Iowa's best starting pitcher over the last month of the season, allowed just two runs (one earned) over six innings.
Jim Adduci’s home run smacked the LF video board and did some damage. pic.twitter.com/xIQmiVf08g
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) September 8, 2019
- Matt Swarmer: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 4 K
- Craig Brooks: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
- Randy Rosario: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K
- James Norwood: IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K
- Dillon Maples: IP, 0 H, 0 R, HBP, 3 K
- Jim Adduci: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, BB, SB
- Johnny Field: 1-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB
- Jhonny Pereda: 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB
- Donnie Dewees: 2-5, 3B, RBI, BB
- P.J. Higgins: 1-3, 2 BB
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
The two teams will meet in a do-or-die fifth game this afternoon. First pitch will be at 12:38 in Des Moines.
A big four-run 4th inning gave the Cubs an early cushion, and though it got close in the middle innings, they would never surrender the lead. Nelson Velazquez kicked off the scoring with a run-scoring single, and then with two outs, back-to-back singles by Andy Weber and Brennen Davis drove home three more.
The singles would become a theme for South Bend. All ten of their hits would go for just one base, but it would prove to be enough. When Great Lakes chipped away in the top of the 3rd and 6th, narrowing the Cubs lead to just one, the offense responded with a another pair of two-out, run-scoring singles, this time off the bats of Nelson Maldonado and Jake Slaughter.
Just in case you didn't stick around through the whole highlight package to see Weber make a big defensive play, here you go:
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 8, 2019
- Brennen Davis: 2-3, R, RBI, 2 BB
- Andy Weber: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, BB
- Jake Slaughter: 2-4, RBI
- Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-3, R, HBP
- Nelson Velazquez: 1-4, R, RBI
- Cole Roederer: 1-4, R
- Cam Sanders: 4 IP, 2 H, R, 5 BB, 3 K
- Brian Glowicki: 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (S)
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
The Cubs swept their opening round best-of-three series against Bowling Green and will now travel on the road to try to do the same to Great Lakes. The winner will square off against either Cedar Rapids or Clinton (who is up 1-0) in the Midwest League Championship Series next week.
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