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Iowa uses seventh-inning rally to take rain-shortened series against Sky Sox

By: News services
May 1, 2017 Updated: May 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm
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DES MOINES, IOWA - The Iowa Cubs used a two-run seventh inning Monday to defeat the Sky Sox.

After Jeimer Candelario's solo home run put Iowa (11-12) on the board in the fourth inning, the Sky Sox took their first lead of the game in the top of the sixth inning.

Ryan Cordell led off with a double and came around to score on a two-out bloop single from Yadial Rivera to tie the score. One batter later, Nate Orf lined a RBI double to the left-centerfield gap to plate Rivera and give the Sox a 2-1 lead.

The Cubs would rally for the second time in the rain-shortened series, scoring a pair of runs in the seventh inning on trio of softly-hit singles and a few Sky Sox errors. The Iowa bullpen trio of David Rollins (1-1, 0.90), Pierce Johnson and Felix Pena (4) shut down the Sox offense, allowing one hit after starter Williams Perez allowed eight hits over six innings.

Paolo Espino took the no-decision for Colorado Springs (13-7), throwing his second quality start during his last four outings of 2017. The Panamanian right-hander tossed six innings, allowing a single earned run while striking out six Iowa batters. Espino retired 17 of the 21 batters faced, picking off Bijan Racdemacher off second base to end his final inning of work.

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