September 23 Game Notes: Iowa Cubs @ Omaha Storm Chasers
IOWA CUBS (66-78) @ OMAHA STORM CHASERS (70-74) Friday, September 23, 2022 • 6:35 PM • Werner Park • Papillion, NE RHP Caleb Kilian (5-3, 4.08) vs. RHP Jackson Kowar (4-9, 6.10)
IOWA CUBS (66-78) @ OMAHA STORM CHASERS (70-74)
Friday, September 23, 2022 • 6:35 PM • Werner Park • Papillion, NE
RHP Caleb Kilian (5-3, 4.08) vs. RHP Jackson Kowar (4-9, 6.10)
TONIGHT’S GAME: The I-Cubs and Storm Chasers are set to play game four of their five-game series tonight, with
HOT AND COLD: Tonight’s starter,
SAVE THAT BASEBALL: Although it ended up being not enough for a win,
NEED SOME LENGTH: Iowa used a season-high seven pitchers in last night’s 13-inning marathon, having previously used six pitchers in a single game 15 times this year, most recently on September 11 at Jacksonville. All seven of the pitchers threw at least one full inning, with three of the seven giving two or more frames. With those seven different pitchers being used, the I-Cubs will need some length out of their starting pitcher,
SOME GOOD, SOME BAD: The I-Cubs went through a season-high seven pitchers last night, all seven relief pitchers. All seven pitchers walked at least one batter with two of the seven walking three batters each. All of those walks added up to 12 total free passes, tying a season high set back on June 29 against Columbus. Although they combined to walk 12 batters and allow 11 hits, the seven pitchers did strikeout 15 and only allowed four earned runs. They held the Storm Chasers’ offense to 5-for-27 with runners in scoring position and stranded 20 men on-base.
NOT MUCH TO SHOW: Despite playing their longest game of the year in both time (3:48) and innings (13), Iowa’s offense never could get much going. They scored just four runs on five hits, taking four walks while striking out 15 times. Four of their five hits went for extra-bases, with two doubles and two home runs. Their lone single was an RBI single in the 13th inning to give Iowa the lead at the time. The I-Cubs went just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight men on-base in the one-run loss.
AGAINST OMAHA: Iowa and Omaha will play game four of their now five-game series, with Iowa currently leading the series now two games to one after dropping last night’s extra-inning contest. The loss dropped Iowa to 13-5 this year against Omaha, putting them at 145-159 on the road all-time against the Storm Chasers. They fell to 322-294 all-time overall against Omaha, still 28 games above the .500 mark. The loss snapped Iowa’s four-game winning streak over Omaha dating back to their last series, when they took each of the final two games. With their one-run loss last night, the I-Cubs are now outscoring Omaha by 26 runs, at 102-76.
SHORT HOPS: Iowa went six full innings without a hit, going from a double in the top of the sixth all the way to a single in the top of the 13th; the only base runners for Iowa were on walks and the ghost runner to start each extra-inning…last night marked Iowa’s longest game (innings) since April 23, 2017, when they played a 13-inning contest at Round Rock; Iowa’s longest game last year also came against Omaha when they two teams played a four hour, 20 minute game that went 12 innings, just five days earlier than last night’s game, on September 17, 2021.