Another day, another home run for Kris Bryant. On Monday, Bryant blasted his fourth home run in five games since arriving from double-A Tennessee, leading the Iowa Cubs (39-36) to a 4-3 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-42). Iowa increased its record in day games to a mind boggling 21-4 this season.
Bryant’s two out home run came on the first pitch from Isotopes starter Jeff Bennett (4-2), breaking a 3-3 tie and scoring what would prove to be the winning run. Since being promoted to Iowa last Thursday, Bryant has 18 at-bats and four hits, all home runs, likely making him the first player in franchise history who recorded four consecutive home runs as his first four hits. Bryant was finally forced to stop at first base on Monday when he walked in the first inning. Bryant has 26 home runs combined between Iowa and double-A Tennessee, good for second best in baseball, trailing only double-A Frisco third baseman Joey Gallo who has 27 long balls.
Iowa starter Dallas Beeler (5-3) was credited with the victory on Monday. Beeler notched another quality start for the pitching rotation, tossing six innings, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Iowa plated the first run of the game in the first. Javier Baez fisted a bat-shattering single to left-center and moved to second when Bennett walked Chris Valaika. Baez then stole third base and scored when Isotopes catcher Tim Federowicz’ throw was high and sailed into left field.
Iowa took a 3-0 lead in the second on RBI singles by Matt Szczur and Ryan Kalish.
The Isotopes came right back in the top of the third with three runs off Beeler. Erisbel Arruebarrena hit an RBI double high off the wall in right and advanced to third on the throw home. Arruebarenna would score on an RBI groundout by Trayvon Robinson. Clint Robinson’s two-out RBI single to left scored Joc Pederson to tie the game at 3-3.
Bryant’s blast in the fifth put Iowa back out front and a trio of Iowa pitchers held the Isotopes offense in check the rest of the way. Arodys Vizcaino, coming off a rough outing in his Iowa debut on Friday, pitched a scoreless inning despite giving up a leadoff double.
Zac Rosscup pitched a scoreless eighth and Blake Parker recorded yet another save for Iowa, pitching a scoreless ninth. Parker picked up his league-leading 16th save and has a sparkling 1.31 ERA in 20.2 innings pitched with Iowa.
Alcantara, Baez, and Szczur each picked up two hits for the Cubs on Monday.
The final game of the series and the homestand is Tuesday afternoon at Principal Park.