Some low-scoring games are tense affairs with give and take and lots of action. This was not one of of those games.
The Iowa Cubs were silenced by the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 3-1.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning after right fielder Brennen Davis doubled with one out, went to third on a fly out and scored on a two-out single by DH Abiatal Avelino.
But the I-Cubs lead was short-lived as starter Joe Biagini gave up a three-run home run to Jose Miranda in the bottom of the inning. That was it for scoring in this game.
Iowa didn’t have a hit from the fifth inning until the ninth, when Avelino led off the inning with a single. After the next two batters were retired, shortstop Tyler Ladendorf singled to give the I-Cubs their first real threat since the third inning. But Trent Giambrone’s fly ball died just short of the warning track to end the game.
The final line on Biagini was three runs on three hits over six innings. He walked four and struck out five.
Relievers Erich Uelmen and Marcus Walden each tossed a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one single each.
Avelino went 2 for 4 with the lone Iowa RBI.
Brennen Davis was 1 for 4 with the double and the lone run scored.
Center fielder Christopher Morel went 1 for 4.
The two teams will play again in St. Paul on Saturday night.