First-place Iowa has plenty of recognizable names in its starting lineup.
Wynton Bernard isn’t among them, but his big day Monday allowed the Cubs to remain hot.
The designated hitter, batting .216 coming in, recorded three hits, scored three runs and drove in two others as Iowa finished off a PCL series sweep of Omaha with a 6-3 victory in a matinee at Werner Park.
The Cubs improved to 21-10 on the season by winning their seventh consecutive game.
Monday’s starters were locked in a pitchers dual for six innings. Omaha’s Foster Griffin carried a no-hitter into the fifth and allowed only a run on three hits, which all came in succession in the fifth. Colin Rea, among the PCL leaders in ERA, gave up only five hits while pitching into the sixth.
The Chasers grabbed an early lead on Rea when Jecksson Flores singled in Brett Phillips in the second. Franciso Arcia followed up a Bernard double with an RBI single in the fifth to tie it up for Iowa at 1-1.
The Cubs claimed the lead when former Omaha outfielder Donnie Dewees singled in Bernard in the seventh. Iowa then tagged reliever Jake Kalish for four runs in the eighth to pull away. Bernard singled in the first two of them, then Arcia followed with a two-run double to finish with three RBIs.
Catcher Nick Dini clubbed a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth for the Chasers, who fell to 13-18.