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A Fly in the Ointment

Iowa skipper Mike Quade

The Iowa Cubs stranded 10 on base and out-hit their opponents 11-6 in a 6-5 loss to Nashville in the Music City Friday night. The recent influx of runners left on base and subsequent lack of clutch hits have become quite the fly in manager Mike Quade's ointment.

The Cubs' Triple-A team is batting .253 with men on base this season and .241 with runners in scoring position. With runners in scoring position and two out, that average expectedly drops to .227. Currently in his fourth year as Iowa skipper, Quade describes the conundrum only as "frustrating." He points to his team's recent series with Sacramento last week to illustrate his point about the club...

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