COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - On the back of a strong pitching performance by LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, the Iowa Cubs (11-9) blanked the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (9-11), 9-0, Thursday night in RHP Jhoulys Chacin’s first Major League rehab start in Colorado Springs this season.
Chacin (0-1) and Wada (3-1) dueled in the early going before the I-Cubs got on the board first in the third inning when RF Chris Coghlan hit an RBI-double down the right field line. The Cubs struck again in each of the next four innings, including two in the fourth and fifth. C Eli Whiteside’s lone hit of the night was a two-run double in the fourth, which was followed up by back-to-back doubles by 1B Chris Valaika and LF Josh Vitters in the fifth inning to drive in a run each.
With the lead at 7-0, 3B Christian Villanueva hit his second double of the game in the ninth inning to seal the 9-0 victory for the Cubs.
Chacin was sharp early retiring the first six batters of the game, before surrendering four runs in the next three innings, though only two were earned.
He tossed 4.2 innings, allowing five hits, four runs (two earned), while fanning four batters and walking one.
Wada, who leads the PCL in ERA, pitched five shutout innings, allowing just four hits, while striking out six and walking one. His season ERA is now 0.68.
Sky Sox 1B Kyle Parker recorded his seventh multi-hit game of the season with a single and his sixth double of the season.
Both teams will be back at it Friday night at 6:35 p.m. when LHP Yohan Flande (0-3, 7.36 ERA) squares off against LHP Chris Rusin (0-3, 6.32 ERA).
Thursday’s shutout was the first time the I-Cubs have ever shut out the Sky Sox in Colorado Springs