I-Cubs Magic Number at 2; Can Clinch Sunday

DES MOINES, Iowa - It was a Saturday Night Special all-around for the Iowa Cubs.

The Iowa Cubs won their fourth in a row Saturday night in a 14-0 thrashing of the Omaha Royals at Principal Park. They did so courtesy of six strong innings from starter Shawn Sedlacek and two Jason Dubois homeruns.

Sedlacek (10-7) gave up two hits and struck out a season-high eight, while Saturday marked the seventh game this season that Dubois has recorded multi-homer games. Dubois extended his hitting streak to five games in the process.

Iowa built an early 8-0 lead in the first three innings. They shelled left-handed Royals starter Chris George for eight runs on nine hits in four innings.

Richard Lewis and Fernando Lunar each added solo homeruns, and Trenidad Hubbard tacked on a pair of doubles to record three RBIs as part of Iowa's offensive outburst.

It was the first time the Cubs had scored 10 or more runs in a game since August 26 and only the second time since August 10. Iowa scored a season-high 15 runs back on June 17 against Albuquerque.

With Colorado Springs again pounding the New Orleans Zephyrs Saturday, the Cubs keep their slim one-game lead in the PCL Central over the second place Sky Sox with games two to play. Iowa hosts Omaha again Sunday at 1:05 CT with LHP John Koronka facing Omaha's Jason Ryan.

An Iowa win and Colorado Springs loss would give the Cubs the Central Division crown for the year.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Mike Quade's club has gone 37-30 at home this season and 23-23 on the road. At home this season, the Cubs have hit .274 as a team while their pitching staff has posted a 4.36 ERA in 662 IP. On the road, Iowa has batted .287 as a team but have posted an obese 4.77 ERA in 562+ IP. Quade's Cubs have also hit left-handed pitching quite well this season. The Cubs are batting .308 and slugging an even .500 against southpaws this season. Over the course of the last five games, in which the Cubs have gone 4-1, Iowa has hit .331 as a team while posting a staff ERA of 2.00.
ELSEWHERE IN THE SYSTEM: In AA action, the Diamond Jaxx erupted for five in the eighth to defeat the Greenville Braves, 6-1. Bobby Brownlie allowed a run on four hits in six innings and Mike Dzurilla hit a three-run homer off Jamie Emiliano to give the Jaxx their sixth win in seven previous tries. Jae-Kuk Ryu picked up his first victory of the year, tossing two scoreless innings and striking out a season-high four.

In Single-A, the Lansing Lugnuts moved one step closer to capturing the Eastern Division crown in the Midwest League for half number two. Kevin Collins cracked a first inning grand slam off Dallas Braden, and the Lugnuts survived a shaky ninth inning as they topped Kane County for a second straight night, 11-8. The Cougars got six in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Juan Mateo but still came up short. The Lugnuts are now just a game back of first place West Michigan in the East with two games still left on their plate at Kane County.

One night after clinching their 10th division title in team history, the Boise Hawks suffered a letdown Saturday night at home in an 11-3 loss to Yakima. Chris Shaver allowed four runs, two earned, in 4.2 innings. The Hawks were held to four hits in the loss. They wrap up the regular season Sunday with a 6:05 CT start at Memorial Stadium before getting set for league playoffs, which begin Monday.

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