The Iowa Cubs scored five late runs in their 8-3 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Tuesday night at Principal Park. El Paso’s Alex Dickerson went 2-for-4 to extend his team-record hitting streak to 22 games.
Dickerson’s streak is one game shy of tying High-A Salem’s Andrew Benintendi for the longest minor league hitting streak of the season. Benintendi had a 23-game hitting streak in the Carolina League from mid-April to early May, according to MiLB.com.
Iowa starter Rob Zastryzny pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs in his Triple-A debut. The score was tied 2-2 when Iowa’s Wilson Contreras hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, his second longball in as many games.
Iowa then rallied for four runs with two outs in the seventh inning against El Paso reliever Tayron Guerrero to pull ahead.
James Loney’s RBI single brought home Alex Dickerson in the ninth inning to make the score 8-3 and plate the first run of the season against Spencer Patton, who had 15 shutout outings entering Tuesday’s appearance.
Team Records: El Paso (23-21), Iowa (19-24)
Next Game: Wednesday at 11:08 a.m. vs. Iowa at Principal Park. El Paso RHP Carlos Pimentel (2-3, 8.77) vs. Iowa RHP Jake Buchanan (3-2, 5.60). Game coverage begins at 11:00 a.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Iowa 8 El Paso 3 – Tuesday
WP: Zastryzny (1-0)
LP: Castillo (0-1)