Just two months ago, Yohan Flande and Tsuyoshi Wada were squaring off against each other in a PCL bout between the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and Iowa Cubs in Des Moines, Iowa.
On Monday, the pitchers remained the same, but the stage was one of the biggest in all of baseball — Wrigley Field.
Both are fresh rookies this season with Flande making his fifth Big League start for the Rockies, and Wada making his third start for the Chicago Cubs.
Two months ago, it was a pitcher’s duel when both southpaws toed the rubber at Principal Park, but Flande bested Wada on the I-Cubs’ home turf, earning the victory in a 10-2 Sky Sox win.
Flande, a 28-year-old veteran minor leaguer hailing from the Dominican Republic, tossed 5.1 strong innings that day, allowing just two runs on seven hits, while striking out a season-high eight batters with three walks.
Meanwhile, Wada, who was a PCL All-Star and earned a PCL Pitcher of the Week honor earlier this season, is a 33-year-old from Japan in just his third professional season in the United States. He tossed six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
On the big stage, however, it was Wada who bested Flande, earning himself his first Major League win, something Flande has yet to accomplish.
Wada tossed seven excellent innings Monday, allowing just one run on five hits, while striking out six and walking one.
Flande, also pitched his best start in the Majors, allowing just two runs on four hits in 6.2 innings, while striking out eight batters and walking one. The Cubs defeated the Rockies, 4-1.