MOINES - On what was an otherwise forgettable night for Brad Snyder, the
seventh-inning moon shot off of
made a little mistake there," said
Snyder was on the verge of achieving the golden sombrero after striking out three times against Dickson. It was a good thing for him that the fourth at-bat came against someone else.
"I was looking pretty foolish the first three at-bats," said Snyder. "Dickson was getting me out with slider after slider. He's a good pitcher. It's great when you get a chance to redeem yourself like that in the fourth at-bat. I settled down a little bit and it was a new pitcher, new arm. I was happy to get one out of here."
In taking a one-game lead in the division with three games to play, Iowa rallied from a 2-1 deficit with runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The Redbirds chased starting pitcher Chris Carpenter after pushing across a pair of runs in the top half of the sixth.
tilt began as a pitcher's duel between Dickson, arguably
Dickson surrendered base hits to Jim Adduci and Marquez Smith to open the game, before settling down to strike out Brad Snyder. Jason Dubois followed up by lining a single to left-field to plate Adduci for the game's first run. Dickson responded with poise by inducing a Bryan Lahair groundball double-play to get out of trouble.
an ERA of 7.00 in his brief Triple-A career,
Amaury Cazana followed up with an infield hit that Carpenter fielded and nearly threw
into right field.
first clean inning didn't come until the fourth, when he retired the bottom
third time was a charm for Carpenter, who had gone just nine innings combined in
his first two Triple-A starts. The 6-foot-4 right-hander, who had surrendered 22
base runners in those nine innings of work, allowed just four
"We got a runner on there, Craig got a ball up in the air and almost hit it out," Maloney said. "Then Hamilton hit a shot to right field and the guy made a great play on it, so we just got a sacrifice fly and one more run out of it."
While it took the Redbirds two times through the order to figure out Carpenter, Dickson seemed to settle down as his pitch count got higher. He struck out the side in the fifth, retiring the top-third of the Cubs lineup and getting right fielder Brad Snyder out on strikes for the third time.
But Dickson's improved control deserted him with two outs in the bottom of the 6th. He walked Matt Camp and Ty Wright back to back after being ahead in the count 0-and-2. The second free trip forced in Bobby Scales, who reached on a walk.
That would be the end of the night for Dickson, who came out in favor of Matt Scherer. The right-handed reliever proceeded to fall behind 3-0 to Adduci before striking him out and stranding three Cubs on base.
Dickson finished with a no-decision after allowing two runs on seven hits and struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings.
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