DES MOINES, Iowa — The Salt Lake Stingers have led or shared the lead in the Pacific Coast League's Central Division for 148 days. Unfortunately for the Stingers, the season is 152 days long.
On day 149, the Stingers dropped out of the top spot with a 2-1 loss to the Iowa Cubs.
Iowa broke the scoreless tie in the third inning on a two-out single to center field by Chris Snopek. Chad Meyers followed with an RBI double off the Stingers' Matt Wise (9-9) to make it 2-0.
Salt Lake snapped a 23-inning scoreless streak at Sec Taylor Stadium in the seventh on a one-out, run-scoring double by Jose Fernandez. Fernandez advanced to third on an error by Meyers but was stranded there when Scott Morgan lined to short and Trent Durrington flied to center.
Will Ohman (5-2) picked up the win for Iowa with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. The Stingers helped out the I-Cubs with two key base running mistakes. With runners at first and third and no outs in the fifth, Justin Baughman grounded to third. Jose Molina hesitated at third, allowing third baseman Dennis Abreu to throw to second for the force-out. Molina then broke for home, and Meyers threw to the plate to get Molina in a rundown.
In the sixth, Fernandez doubled but was thrown out trying to advance to third on a pitch in the dirt that trickled only 10 feet away from catcher Mike Mahoney.
NOTES: The loss for the Stingers reduces the season to a best-of-three series with Iowa. Elvin Nina starts for Salt Lake Saturday (6:05 p.m. on AM-1230) . . . Fernandez's RBI was his 110th of the season, equalling the third highest total for a season in franchise history set by David Ortiz in 1999 . . . Salt Lake closer Bart Miadich was called up by Anaheim after Friday's game.