Brad Nelson helped keep the Iowa Cubs' three-game winning streak alive on Monday with his two home runs off Oklahoma City RedHawks pitcher Phil Humber.
It didn't take any time for Nelson to warm up to Humber either; both of his home runs came on the first pitch he saw.
“You can see on both teams, swing a little bit early, you don't want to get late in the count,” Nelson said. “So that's exactly what I did. It was a first-pitch fastball, and I got that one. That started off the day, and when you start off the day well you can hopefully continue it.”
Nelson hit his 11th and 12th home runs Monday, which brings his total to seven on the road.
HUMBER GETS HAMMERED
Phil Humber, the Astros' former starting pitcher, continued his struggles against the Cubs in 4 2/3 innings. Humber was sent down to the RedHawks on May 17 after going 0-8 in seven starts with Houston and accumulating a 9.59 ERA.
His stat line certainly didn't get better after facing the Cubs. Humber allowed eight hits, six runs — two of which were home runs and all earned — three walks, three strikeouts and he hit a batter.
Humber was 0-1 coming into the game with a 5.25 ERA after playing five games.
‘YOU'RE OUT OF HERE'
After home plate umpire Kellen Levy issued a warning to both dugouts when Cubs pitcher Yoanner Negrin threw inside to a RedHawks batter, Cubs manager Marty Pevey came out to argue the call. Pevey disputed the warning with Levy, who eventually tossed him out of the game.
After a short exchange from the mound to home plate, which Pevey then proceeded to kick dirt on, Pevey left the field and the dugout.
Iowa's Steve Clevenger, who is with the team on a rehab assignment, was also ejected. He was not in the game at the time.
GROSSMAN PICKED OFF
After Robbie Grossman hit a double into center field to start off the RedHawks' hitting, he was then picked off at second base by Negrin.
Brett Wallace and Brandon Laird would then single on back-to-back plays after Jose Martinez grounded out. A run by Grossman in the bottom of the first could have made a difference at the end of the game.
HOME SWEET HOME
The RedHawks are now 2-4 in their last week, but hope to turn their fortunes around in their next seven straight games at home.
They are 17-10 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, and are now a game back behind the Round Rock Express, who they will play a four-game home series against starting Friday.
The RedHawks face the Cubs again at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Asher Wojciechowski (2-2, 3.23 ERA) is scheduled to start for OKC, while Guillermo Moscoso (2-3, 4.75) is expected to pitch for Iowa.