May 4 Game Notes: Iowa Cubs vs. Omaha Storm Chasers

Iowa Cubs

May 4, 2024 – International League (IL)
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Iowa Cubs (16-15) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers (17-11)

Saturday, May 4 – 3:08 PM CT – Principal Park – Des Moines, IA

RHP Cade Horton (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Jonathan Bowlan (3-1, 2.57)

TODAY’S GAME: The Iowa Cubs and the Omaha Storm Chasers play game five of their six-game series today at Principal Park…Omaha has won three of the first four games…right-hander Cade Horton is scheduled to make his fifth start of the season and his first in Triple-A… the Storm Chasers will throw right-hander Jonathan Bowlan, who will make his fifth start.

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: The I-Cubs dropped their third straight game to Omaha last night by a 7-4 score…Iowa had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Owen Caissie struck out and Brennen Davis hit a pop-up to end the game… it was the first time this season that Iowa has lost three straight games and the first time since they dropped the final four games of the 2023 season… I-Cubs starting pitcher Thomas Pannone suffered the loss despite allowing three runs (two earned) over 5.1 innings with five strikeouts…Pannone ranks among the International League leaders in innings pitched (3rd, 35.0), ERA (5th, 2.83) and strikeouts (T-7th, 33).

WELCOME, CADE: Cubs’ No. 2 prospect and No. 23 prospect in all of baseball ( Cade Horton is scheduled to make his first Triple-A start today after joining Iowa from Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday… in four starts at Tennessee this season, Cade went 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA (2 ER in 16.1 IP) and 18 strikeouts…Horton was one of two pitchers in the Southern League who had thrown at least 15.0 innings and an ERA below 1.15, along with Brendan McKay (1.00 ERA).

WORKING DOWNHILL: Iowa outfielder Darius Hill extended his hit streak to nine games last night, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI…Hill is hitting .429 (15-for-35) during the five-run streak scored, four doubles and five RBI…it is tied for the second-longest active streak in the International League and is the longest streak by an I-Cub since Bryce Windham struck safely in 10 consecutive games from August 30 through September . 20, 2023.

LEADINGS: After losing three games in a row, Iowa sits in fourth place in the International League West Division standings, 2.5 games behind division leader and today’s opponent, Omaha… April 18-26 kept the I-Cubs at least a share of first place in the International League West Division.

THE BIG O: Owen Caissie snapped his six-game hitting streak last night, batting .467 (7-for-16)…it was Owen’s longest streak since hitting safely in eight consecutive games from July 25 through August . 4, 2023 with Double-A Tennessee, batting .484 (15-for-31)…in addition, he broke his on-base streak in 15 games from April 16 to May 2, which is tied for the eighth-longest in the International League this season and the longest by an I-Cub since Bryce Windham reached 28 straight games from July 26 through September. 24, 2023…this season, the 21-year-old is hitting .284/.425/.441 (29-for-102) and his 23 walks rank sixth in the IL.

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: The I-Cubs host Star Wars Day at Principal Park and wear special jerseys… Iowa hasn’t played at home since 2021 on May 4, when they were shut out 3-0 by Indianapolis.

STORM CHASIN’: The I-Cubs and Omaha have played seven games this season, with Omaha winning five of the games and defeating Iowa 38-29… the two clubs have faced off 21 times in 2023, with Iowa going 13-8 won and outscored Omaha 160-117 (+43) including a 20-1 win at Werner Park on August 9 in which Iowa outhit Omaha 17-4 and hit seven home runs, four of which came in the first inning. .the I-Cubs snapped a seven-game winning streak against the Storm Chasers last year from July 2 (G2) through August. 12.

STAY HOT: After hitting just .167 (3-for-18) in his first five games this season, Iowa infielder and Cubs No. 16 prospect (, Luis VaÌ zquez is hitting .364 (28-for- 77) in his last 21 games dating back to since April 5…his batting average ranks second in the International League during that span…VaÌ zquez is also among the International League leaders in on-base- percentage (4th, .444) and hits (T-9th)…he went 0-for-4 on April 27, snapping his hitting streak after six games.

McWILLIAMS IN RELIEF: Right-hander Sam McWilliams threw 3.0 scoreless innings in game two on Wednesday, adding five strikeouts…McWilliams has made eight appearances (three starts) for Iowa this season and has posted a 12.96 ERA (12 ER in 8.1 IP) as a starter and a 2.03 ERA (3 ER in 13.1 IP) in a relief role… his 32 strikeouts on the year ranked ninth in the International League and are the most in the IL among players with at least eight appearances.

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