The Iowa Cubs (28-25) scored early and often as they beat the Albuquerque Isotopes (22-33) 8-2 Thursday night at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes will try to split the four-game series with a win in the series finale Friday night at 7:05 p.m.
THE TURNING POINT: Iowa strung together three two-out hits in the first inning to plate a pair of runs, and the Cubs rolled from there. They added single runs in the second and third innings, followed by three combined runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 7-0 lead before Albuquerque could even get on the board.
THE CULPRITBERSON: On a Major League rehab assignment from the Colorado Rockies, shortstop Charlie Culberson smashed a two-run home run off the videoboard to provide Albuquerque with its only runs of the night. In three games with the Isotopes, Culberson is now 3-for-13 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and an RBI.
DOUBLE THE FUN: Entering Thursday’s game, the Isotopes had turned 19 double plays in their last seven games, nine of which were of the 6-4-3 variety. Albuquerque then turned two more on Thursday to expand their Pacific Coast League lead to 67 twin killings on the season.