Iowa scored in each of the first three innings, and starter Ryan Williams allowed three hits over five innings, as the Cubs came back to tie the series Friday at Zephyr Field.
First, Iowa (6-8) won the resumption of a game suspended by rain, 4-1. Willson Contreras singled in runs in the first and third innings to pace Iowa in Friday’s regularly scheduled game.
In the suspended game, pinch-hitter Matt Murton hit a one-out, two-run double when play resumed Friday at Zephyr, sealing the win.
Murton, facing reliever Eric Jokish, drove in catcher Tim Fedorowicz and shortstop Munenori Kawasaki. Before the game was suspended Thursday, Fedorowicz had doubled to the right-field corner, scoring Ryan Kalish and giving Iowa a 2-1 lead.
Cubs starter Pierce Johnson allowed one run on six hits over five innings, and three relieves held the Zephyrs to one hit the rest of the way.
HITTING THE ROAD
After eight games each against two opponents, the Zephyrs begin a four-game series Saturday against the Nashville Sounds.
Manager Arnie Beyeler said an eight-game homestand in which the Zephyrs had rematches against the Omaha Storm Chasers and Iowa helped his team get its bearings.
“We worked hard practicing, and we’re doing the little things better,” Beyeler said. “We’re getting real good pitching, which is where it starts, and we’ve started to play good defense.”
Entering Friday, the Z’s had played 43 innings without committing a fielder error since Austin Nola committed one in the eighth inning on April 16 against Omaha.
Helping the Z’s going into the road trip is that they travel Saturday instead of after the Friday-night game as they often
New Orleans already has completed half of its games against the Storm Chasers and Cubs, both of the American North Division. The Zs play the remaining eight games against Omaha in June (9-12, home; 21-24 at Omaha) and Iowa on July 26-29 at home and Aug. 3-6 at Iowa. … Entering Friday, Nashville (7-7) was 1½ games back n third place in the American South. The Sounds, Oakland Athletics affiliates, are third in the league in earned-run average (3.02). New Orleans and Nashville were tited for 13th in hitting (.239). … The Zephyrs, who were second in the Pacific Coast League in ERA last season, are 12th (4.57) thus far. However, after having a PCL-worst 6.28 after the season’s first eight games, the Z’s allowed just 18 runs going into Friday for a 2.67 ERA. … Nashville right-hander Jesse Hahn (0.63), who will pitch Sunday vs. the Z’s Paul Clemens, is third in the league in earned-run average. Ivan Pineyro (0-2, 4.09) will start Saturday for the Z’s against the Sounds’ Chad Smith (0-2, 7.20). … New Orleans outfielder Dustin Hood (four) is tied for second in home runs.