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September 11 Game Notes: Iowa Cubs at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Saints Take Series and Home Run Record

September 11, 2022 – International League (IL)Iowa Cubs News Release


Sunday – 2:05 CT – 121 Financial Ballpark – Jacksonville, FL

RHP Adbert Alzolay (0-1, 8.10) vs. RHP Elieser Hernandez (3-2, 4.46)

TODAY’S GAME: Iowa and Jacksonville are scheduled to play the series finale and season finale today, with a rematch of the first game back on Tuesday. Major League rehabber Adbert Alzolay will take the ball for Iowa against Elieser Hernandez toeing the rubber for the Jumbo Shrimp. Alzolay is scheduled to make his fourth rehab start of the year for Iowa, going 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA through his first three. He has allowed six earned runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out eight over his 6.2 innings, allowing opponents to hit .308 against him. Alzolay allowed just one earned run on three hits in three innings of work in game one against Jacksonville on Tuesday. On the other side, Hernandez will look to come back from suffering the loss in game one of the series. In that game, he allowed five total runs including three earned on six hits and one walk while striking out one over three innings of work. Overall, the righty is 3-2 with a 4.46 through eight starts with the Jumbo Shrimp, allowing 17 earned runs on 36 hits over 34.1 innings. He has walked 11 batters while striking out 44 over those 34.1 innings. The righty has pitched in 19 games for Miami this year, going 3-6 with a 6.33 ERA over that span. He started the year with the Marlins and has been optioned twice while also spending time on the injured list from July 21 to August 6.

DOING HIS PART: Matt Mervis collected 50% of Iowa’s hits as a team out of the three-hole last night, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run. For Mervis, it marked his 10th home run with Iowa and 31st deep fly of the year. His 31 home runs ties him for fourth among all Minor League players this year, tied with current teammate Alexander Canario. He is third in Minor League Baseball with 108 runs batted in on the year, sixth with a .610 slugging percentage, eighth with a .986 OPS, tied for fourth with 38 doubles, first with 71 extra-base hits and second in total bases with 277. The first baseman is having a banner year, even coming in at 10th among all Minor League players with 142 hits this year, just 13 away from the leader.

THE BEST ONE YET: Adbert Alzolay hasn’t been lights-out since joining Iowa’s roster on Major League rehab, but that was to be expected. Before…

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