IOWA CUBS (61-72) @ JACKSONVILLE JUMBO SHRIMP (71-61)
Saturday – 5:35 CT – 121 Financial Ballpark – Jacksonville, FL
RHP Caleb Kilian (5-2, 4.04) vs. LHP Josh Rodgers (1-3, 6.29)
TONIGHT’S GAME: The I-Cubs and Jumbo Shrimp are set to play game five of their six-game series tonight with the series currently tied at two games apiece. Iowa will send righty Caleb Kilian to the mound to face off against lefty Josh Rogers taking the ball for Jacksonville. Kilian enters tonight with a 5-2 record and a 4.04 ERA through 22 starts, allowing 42 earned runs on 94 hits and 45 walks. He has struck out 112 batters while allowing opponents to hit .256 against him over his 93.2 innings with the I-Cubs. Rogers is 1-3 with a 6.29 ERA in five starts for Jacksonville while going 0-3 with a 10.95 ERA in three starts with Rochester. The southpaw started the year in the Washington Nationals system and went up and down between Washington and Triple-A Rochester multiple times this year before electing free agency on August 5. He was signed by Miami on August 10 and assigned to Jacksonville that day. With the Jumbo Shrimp. Rogers has allowed 17 earned runs on 28 hits and nine walks over 24.1 innings pitched while striking out 18 batters over that span. He is coming off a quality start against Gwinnett in his last start on September 3.
DOING HIS THING: Despite Iowa suffering the loss in game two last night, Wyatt Short kept up his amazing streak as a starting pitcher for the I-Cubs. Entering this season, Short had started in just two of his 168 career Minor League games, both coming last year with Double-A Tennessee. After last night’s start, he has now started seven of his 194 minor league games, good for 3.6% of his career games. Short first made a spot start on June 24 at Louisville, going four innings while allowing just one earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out three. He followed that game with nine relief appearances before now making four consecutive starts dating back to August 24 against St. Paul. In his first two starts, he spun five scoreless innings in each start, earning back-to-back wins. Since then, he has allowed one earned run in each of his last two starts, going four innings on Sunday against Columbus and five innings last night against the Jumbo Shrimp. Through his five starts with Iowa this year, the southpaw is now 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA, allowing just three earned runs…