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Perlaza Powers Iowa to Game Four Win

September 15, 2023

DES MOINES, IA – Despite allowing a late home run, the Iowa Cubs (77-62) beat the St. Paul Saints (80-61) by a score of 7-6, Friday at Principal Park. Matt Mervis used an RBI single in the first inning to put Iowa ahead 1-0, but St. Paul immediately tied the

DES MOINES, IA – Despite allowing a late home run, the Iowa Cubs (77-62) beat the St. Paul Saints (80-61) by a score of 7-6, Friday at Principal Park.

Matt Mervis used an RBI single in the first inning to put Iowa ahead 1-0, but St. Paul immediately tied the game on an RBI double from Kyle Garlick and took a lead on two bases loaded walks. Trailing 3-1, Yonathan Perlaza made it a one-run game, clubbing a solo home run.

Ben Brown and Cam Sanders combined to throw four perfect innings of relief, striking out five of the 12 batters they faced. This allowed Iowa to come back in the sixth, getting a two-run single from Chase Strumpf to take a 4-3 lead.

Later that inning, Perlaza hit his second home run of the game, this time a three-run blast to extend Iowa’s lead to 7-3. They maintained their four-run lead with scoreless outings from major league rehabbers Brandon Hughes and Nick Burdi.

Trevor Larnach crushed a three-run home run in the ninth to make it a one-run game, but Tyler Duffey worked around it to earn Iowa their third straight win.

POSTGAME NOTES:

  • Yonathan Perlaza hit his 21st and 22nd home runs of the season tonight, driving in four runs out of the leadoff spot. Perlaza is now hitting .288 with 39 doubles and 22 home runs this year for Iowa.
  • Brandon Hughes and Nick Burdi both pitched on major league rehab for Iowa tonight. Hughes allowed two hits and a walk and struck out one batter while Burdi walked one, hit a batter and struck out two.

Iowa and St. Paul will play game five of their series tomorrow night, with first pitch from Principal Park scheduled for 6:08 pm. You can listen to all Iowa Cubs games on Hope AM940 and stream them for free on the Bally Live App. For more information and tickets, visit www.iowacubs.com.