Micah Hoffpauir (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)
NEW ORLEANS – The Iowa Cubs picked up right where the left off Saturday night, building a 5-0 lead in the third inning Sunday and cruising to a 9-2 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Micah Hoffpauir drove in four runs in a 4-for-4 night, Brad Snyder added three hits and scored three runs, and Welington Castillo hit his ninth home run as Iowa (42-35) tallied 15 hits and rolled to their second straight victory in the four-game series.
“The guys have been swinging the bats and tonight was a little carry-over from Saturday’s game,” Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Iowa batted around in the third inning – the third time they had done so in the first 12 innings of the series – as Hoffpauir hit a two-run double down the right field line and then came around to score on a Marquez Smith double to left, giving Iowa a 5-0 lead.
After Iowa starter Jay Jackson allowed his only runs of the night on a two-run Brett Carroll homer in the third, Castillo homered on the first pitch of the fifth inning to give Iowa a 6-2 lead. Hoffpauir added an RBI single as part of a two-run Iowa sixth that made it 8-2, and Sam Fuld added a run-scoring single in the ninth.
“We had a successful hit-and-run that set up one inning, some clutch hitting with guys on base, and just multiple hits back to back along with some walks that created some opportunities for us,” Sandberg said.
Hoffpauir became the second Iowa player to record four hits in one game this series after Smith did it Saturday. Hoffpauir doubled twice, walked, and just missed a home run to deep right field that hooked foul.
Jackson (4-6) made his 12th start and scattered two runs on six hits over six innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked two, throwing 87 pitches one start after tossing a season-high 107 pitches. He earned his first win since May 21 and also helped his cause at the plate with a run-scoring triple in the second inning.
Scott Maine pitched two scoreless innings in relief, striking out five of the 10 batters he faced, and Justin Berg pitched around a walk to close things out in the ninth.
The Zephyrs (36-39) were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
“That’s a credit to our pitching,” Sandberg said. “Jackson, not his best as far as control goes. He threw a lot of pitches in the innings he was out there and gave up a two-run home run, but other than that, he had some guys on base and pitched well to minimize the damage. Then Maine came in and did a real nice job from the left-hand side. He kept them in check and then Berg came in with the last inning.”
Iowa has recorded 31 hits in the first two games of the series, 14 for extra bases … Ty Wright was 0-for-3 with a walk in his first Triple-A start after joining the team Sunday from Double-A Tennessee. He struck out, grounded out, flied out and was hit by a pitch. … Hoffpauir’s four RBI brings his season total to 50, which is second in the Cubs’ farm system behind Wright’s 51. He raised his average to .239 after entering June with a .196 average. … Castillo’s ninth home run was also his 39th RBI, third on the team … The home run allowed by Jackson was his 10th of the season. He allowed 11 home runs all of last season.