The Iowa Cubs were cast out by the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 4-3.
The Saints scored three runs in the first inning and another one in the second off of starter Luis Lugo, and that was all the runs the Saints would need. Two of the three runs in the first inning scored on bases-loaded hit batsmen.
The final line on Lugo was four runs on five hits over 2.1 innings. One of the four runs was unearned. Lugo struck out three, walked three and hit two batters.
Iowa’s bullpen allowed just two singles over the final 5.2 innings. Blake Whitney pitched 2.2 innings, allowing one hit. He struck out three and walked no one.
Jackson McClelland threw the next two innings, allowing one hit. He walked one and did not strike anyone out.
Aneuris Rosario pitched the bottom of the eighth and retired the side in order, striking out two.
The four runs given up in the first two innings was one run too many for Iowa. The I-Cubs got one run in the top of the second inning when left fielder Johneshwy Fargas led off the inning with a double, went to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
The second I-Cubs run came in the fourth inning in a very similar manner. Third baseman Christopher Morel led off the inning with a double, went to third on a ground out by Fargas and scored on a ground out by shortstop Andrew Romine,
The final run of the game came in the fifth inning when DH Abiatal Avelino singled home catcher Erick Castillo.
That was it for scoring. Fargas walked to led off the top of the ninth and promptly stole second, but Iowa couldn’t advance Fargas past second.
Johneshwy Fargas was 2 for 3 with a walk and the stolen base.
Erick Castillo went 2 for 4.
Ian Miller was 2 for 4.
Brennen Davis went 0 for 4 with one strikeout.
The two teams will finish the five-game series tomorrow in St. Paul at 12:05 pm Central Time. A reminder: milb.tv is free for the final two weeks, so anyone can tune in.