Bijan Rademacher blasted his first Triple-A home run and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored to power the Iowa Cubs (59-71) to a 7-2 win over the Memphis Redbirds (61-68), Monday night at Principal Park.
Back-to-back doubles by Tommy La Stella and Taylor Davis plated the first run of the game in the second and Iowa kept rolling.
Stephen Fife made his second start since his return from the disabled list and gave Iowa four strong innings of two-hit ball. He walked one and sat four batters down on strikes. Forty-one of his 68 pitches were thrown for strikes.
Iowa doubled its lead with two outs in the fifth. John Andreoli singled for his first hit of the game and Munenori Kawasaki roped a 1-2 pitch into the right field corner for an RBI triple.
Jeimer Candelario smoked the first pitch of the sixth down the right field line to jumpstart Iowa’s offense again. Two pitches later, Tim Federowicz skied the ball over the fence in left for a two-run blast – his eighth of the season – to put the I-Cubs up 4-0.
Iowa kept driving in the inning. Davis drew a walk and a double from Rademacher followed by a pinch-hit single from Matt Murton plated two more, extending the I-Cubs’ lead to 6-0.
Memphis ended Iowa’s shutout bid in the seventh when Patrick Wisdom hit a towering home run to left field. It was the Redbirds’ third hit of the game.
Rademacher added insurance for the I-Cubs with the first homer of his Triple-A career in the eighth inning. The Redbirds got a run back in the ninth, but couldn’t close the gap.
Armando Rivero (4-3) took the win with two scoreless frames, while Kurt Heyer (2-3) collected the loss.
Iowa and Memphis meet for the series finale at 12:08 p.m., Tuesday at Principal Park.