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How are Iowa and the Sounds playing as they start this series?

April 25, 2009
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Iowa Cubs ballpark

The Iowa Cubs (11-5) boast the best record in the Pacific Coast League. The Nashville Sounds (9-7) are two full games behind the Cubs, who are in the same division – the American North. Both teams are coming off a recent 6-2 series.  Iowa’s most recent 8-game series was at home and the Sounds’ was away.

We detailed Nashville’s recent road-success in the last post (First road series a great success but much room for improvement) so let’s take a quick peak at the success Iowa had in their recent 8-game home stand.

Iowa’s record in the last eight games is also 6-2. During that span they got 80 hits (10 per game ave), scoring 50 runs (ave 6.2 game). They only allowed 28 runs (3.5 runs per game ave).

During the last eight games their average win has been by 4.83 runs, and their average loss was 4.5 runs.

As a team the Cubs are batting .293, good enough for 4th in the PCL. They have five batters averaging over .300 in the line-up.

  • Fox .426
  • Dubois .424
  • Scales .370
  • Robinson .364
  • Blanco .327

The hottest Iowa pitchers right now are:

  • Mathes 3-1
  • Wells 2-0

The Saturday game start is 6:00 PM at Greer Stadium in Nashville. On the mound for the Sounds will be righty Mike Burns (2-0, 3.71), who has pitched effectively in 2009. Countering Burns for Iowa will be RHP Jose Ascanio (0-0, 0.71).  Ascanio was 2-1 (5.10 era) in 2008 with the Iowa Cubs, pitching in 40 games while recording a team-leading 11 saves.

For Iowa: Ascanio (0-0, 0.71) has appeared in three games in 2009, starting all three. He has pitched 8.2 innings surrendering 8 hits, giving up four runs (one earned).  He has given up four walks and fanned ten batters.

For Nashville: Burns (2-0, 3.71) has also started in and appeared in three games.  Burns has pitched 17 innings, giving up seven hits, seven runs (all earned), walked five and fanned ten.

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