The Sky Sox (23-24) got contribution from the entire lineup Friday night in the series opener against the Iowa Cubs, picking up 16 hits and their first win against the I-Cubs (24-21) this season with a 10-2 victory.
The Sox struck first in the second inning with two runs when C Michael McKenry smacked a one-out single followed up by back-to-back doubles from 1B Ben Paulsen and LF Evan Frey. The I-Cubs would scratch one back in the bottom half of the inning, but the Sox added one more in the third.
Leading 3-2 through seven innings, the Sky Sox tagged the Cubs for five runs in the eighth thanks to four hits, including two doubles from Paulsen and Drew Garcia.
The I-Cubs loaded the bases in the eighth inning against RHP Chad Bettis to threaten the Sky Sox lead, but RHP Chris Martin came in to get the final two outs of the inning and strand three Cubs on the base paths. Martin tossed 1.2 scoreless innings to close out the game.
In the opener of the four-game set, the Sky Sox smoked six doubles, which tied Thursday’s season-high, making it 12 doubles in the past two games combined.
The entire Sky Sox starting lineup all recorded a hit, including multi-hit games from Garcia, Paulsen, Frey, McKenry, Paul Janish and Kyle Parker. Frey, Garcia Janish and Parker also had multi-RBI games.
In the top of the ninth, Janish smashed his first homer of the season to right, a two-run shot to bolster the Sox lead.
LHP Yohan Flande (1-6) picked up his first win of the season after another solid start tossing 5.1 innings, allowing just two runs on 9 hits, while fanning a season-high eight batters.
I-Cubs starter LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2) went six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, while fanning five batters and walking one.
Both teams will be back at it again Saturday night when RHP Christian Bergman (3-2, 3.24 ERA) takes on LHP Chris Rusin (2-6, 3.91). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (MT). Bergman has allowed just one run in 30 innings during the month of May for an ERA of 0.30.
· Jason Pridie went 1-for-3 with an RBI, walk and a stolen base. His theft of second base was his 15th stolen base of the season, which leads the PCL.