In the first game of his Major League rehab, Nolan Arenado gave the Sky Sox just what they needed going 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the 6-0 win against the Iowa Cubs on Saturday night. It was the PCL-leading seventh shutout for the Sky Sox this season, including the fifth at home.
Not only did Arenado handle the bat well, he also made a nice backhanded save with the bases loaded to end the seventh inning and keep the shutout in tact.
RHP Brett Tomko (1-0) made the start for the Sky Sox and tossed five solid innings of shutout ball, allowing six hits with one walk, becoming the oldest Sky Sox pitcher to pick up a win by nearly two years. Matt Herges was previously the oldest Sox to win a game at 39 years, four months and 16 days old. Tomko is 41 years, two months and 21 days old.
The Sky Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to an RBI-single from Kyle Parker and a two-run single from Dustin Garneau two batters later.
Arenado’s double came in the fourth inning and was the end of the scoring. The Sky Sox bullpen came in and finished what Tomko started, but it wasn’t without a few close shaves.
RHP Leuris Gomez came in to make quick work with a strikeout and a double play in the sixth. However, he loaded the bases up in the seventh with a single and two walks, but was able to get out of it with a strikeout and Arenado’s backhand.
Like Gomez, RHP Brooks Brown also tossed two shutout innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out two batters.
For Iowa, Eric Jokisch (5-8) picked up the loss after tossing six innings, while allowing six runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Arenado, Parker and Garneau each recorded two-hit games for the Sky Sox, while Kris Bryant led the I-Cubs with a three-hit game, raising his average to .351 in 10 games since being promoted to Triple-A.
The Sky Sox will be back in action to try and pick up the series victory at 1:35 p.m. (MT) when LHP Brian Burres (0-2, 12.08 ERA) takes the mound against LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (8-4, 2.73 ERA).