The I-Cubs scored five times in their last three at bats Sunday at Principal Park and held on for a 7-6 victory over Albuquerque. Armando Rivero picked up the win and Blake Parker the save after Marcus Hatley pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Eric Jokisch.
Iowa was down 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth. Chris Valaika led off the sixth with a single and scored on a Kris Bryant homer to left. Bryant’s second longball in four games, a two-run shot that cut the Isotopes led to 5-4.
Iowa tied the game in the seventh after Arismendy Alcantara hit his league leading 10th triple of the season to start the inning. Logan Watkins hit a sacrifice fly to center that plated Alcantara with the tying run.
Kris Bryant led off the eighth and smacked a solo homer to center and gave the I-Cubs a 6-5 lead. Ryan Kalish singled with one out in the eighth, stole second and scored on a Rafael Lopez single to right. Blake Parker gave up a run in the ninth before he struck out Griff Erickson swinging to end the game.
Kris Bryant is 3-for-16 in four games with Iowa. And all three of his hits have left the park … one to right, one to left and one to center. Bryant has struck out eight times those 16 at bats and is slugging .750.
Sunday was the second time this season that Kris Bryant has hit two homers in the same game. The first came back on May 7 against the Birmingham Barons at Smokies Park. Bryant told the Des Moines Register after the game, “Baseball is all about the peaks and valleys and today was definitely a peak for me.”
The videos include all three of Kris Bryant’s Triple-A home runs. The first video is from Thursday night with a two-run shot out to right. The second video includes the two-run homer to left in the sixth and the solo shot over the centerfield wall in the eighth
For the season, Kris Bryant is now hitting a combined .345/.444/.705 with 20 doubles, 25 home runs and a 1.149 OPS in 72 games.