Iowa starting pitcher Colin Rea scattered three hits over seven strong innings of work while the Cubs collected six runs in the sixth inning as part of a 9-0 shutout win over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Friday night at Principal Park.
Rea (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K) earned his ninth win, retiring each of the final nine batters he faced. Right-hander Duane Underwood Jr. (2.0 IP, 2 H) tossed the final two scoreless frames to complete the shutout. Omaha southpaw Foster Griffin (5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) suffered the defeat.
After two early scores, including a third-inning RBI double from SS Dixon Machado , Iowa broke out with a six-run sixth frame highlighted by a run-scoring knock from C Francisco Arcia and RF Mark Zagunis ‘ two-run single to right. Machado made it a nine-run margin one inning later with his second run-scoring knock of the contest.
Machado (2-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB) and 2B Ian Happ (2-4, R, RBI, BB) paced the I-Cubs with two knocks each. LF Kelvin Gutierrez (2-4) and LF Elier Hernandez (2-3) each posted multi-hit efforts in the defeat for Omaha. The defeat marked the Storm Chasers’ seventh straight road defeat, their longest such skid since 2017.
The Storm Chasers continue their nine-game road trip with a five-game series in Round Rock. First of Saturday’s series opener is set for 7:05pm CT at Dell Diamond.
Omaha returns to Werner Park on Thursday July 4 to start a four-game set with the Nashville Sounds, with that night’s series opener featuring the “Biggest Fireworks in the Omaha Metro” as part of the 51st Annual First National Bank Independence Fireworks Spectacular. First pitch of the series opener is scheduled for 7:05pm CT.