Thrills were the order of the night for Monday, as both South Bend and Myrtle Beach won in walk-off fashion thanks to Eloy Jimenez and Ian Happ. Iowa won their first game on a big night from Willson Contreras.
Meanwhile, there were some concerns in Tennessee, as Jen-Ho Tseng had to leave the game after tossing three innings in a Smokies loss.
With all the details is another daily Down on the Farm Report.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (2-2)
It was a demonstration of character by the South Bend Cubs, as they came back three times and defeated Bowling Green in dramatic fashion.
Starter Adbert Alzolay had an uneven Midwest League debut, as he struck out five but allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings, including a two-run homer in the fourth. Craig Brooks set down the side in order in the six, but was nicked for a run in the seventh. Brooks ended up with a strikeout in two innings. Michael Wagner could not hold the lead. Wagner gave up a game tying run in the ninth as he also tossed two innings.
Eddy Julio Martinez (1-for-5 with a home run) started the scoring for the SB Cubs, as he launched his first professional home run in the fourth. South Bend tacked on two more runs in the inning after Matt Rose (0-for-4) reached second on an error and scored after a ground out and sacrifice fly. Bryant Flete (2-for-3 with a double) singled and came in on a double from Donnie Dewees (2-for-5 with a double and two RBI).
South Bend took the lead in the bottom of the eighth after Ian Rice scored on error and Flete came around on a wild pitch. But a tie score set up Eloy Jimenez (1-for-5 with a home run and an RBI) with one out in the ninth, as he belted a walk-off home run to the patio section in left field.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (3-2)
Ian Happ (1-for-5 with a double and two RBI) delivered a one out ground rule double with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to score two and give Myrtle Beach a 5-4 victory over Winston-Salem. Walks to pinch-hitters Danny Lockhart and Shawon Dunston Jr., and to Rashad Crawford (1-for-4 with a stolen base) loaded the bases for Gleyber Torres (0-for-4 with two RBI), who drew a free pass to score Lockhart prior to Happ’s blast.
The Pelicans notched two in the fifth inning on consecutive singled by David Bote (1-for-3), Gioskar Amaya (1-for-2), and Charcer Burks (1-for-2 with an RBI) to score Bote. Amaya came home later on a ground out.
Starter Jake Stinnett had an underwhelming Carolina League debut, as he allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out three in five innings. Ryan McNeil tossed three innings and had four strikeouts while giving up an earned run. David Berg had a perfect ninth to collect his first victory.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (2-3)
Tennessee wasted a good pitching effort for Jen-Ho Tseng, as the Smokes bowed in the rubber game in their series with Mobile, losing 5-4. Tseng was on cruise control for the first three innings, scattering three hits and striking out four while holding the BayBears scoreless. But Tseng took a line drive off of his leg from the first batter of the fourth inning and was replaced by Michael Jensen.
Jensen obviously was not ready, as he gave up three earned runs in pitching 2.2 innings. Corey Black followed for another two innings and surrendered an earned run while striking out three batters. Andury Acevedo also allowed an earned run in 0.1 innings.
The Smokies took an early lead after Chesny Young (2-for-4 with a home run) cracked his second home run of the young season. Jeimer Candelario (1-for-5 with a double) doubled and came home on a single from Billy McKinney (2-for-5 with an RBI). McKinney scored on a double-play in the sixth inning, while Victor Caratini (2-for-3 with a double) walked and came home on an RBI single from Carlos Penalver (1-for-4 with an RBI) in the eighth.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (1-4)
Iowa finally broke out for their first win of the 2016 season, as they blew out New Orleans 9-1. A three-run sixth inning broke the game open, as Albert Almora Jr. (0-for-3) walked and scored on a sacrifice fly. Ryan Kalish (1-for-5) singled and came around on a double from John Andreoli (1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base), with Andreoli touching home on a base hit by Arismendy Alcantara (2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base).
The I-Cubs had single runs in the first and third inning, while rehabbing Javier Baez (1-for-3 with a home run) jacked a solo home run in the fifth. A double by Dan Vogelbach (3-for-4 with a double and an RBI) and a single from Willson Contreras (4-for-5 with a double and four RBI) added a run in the seventh, and Contreras delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning.
Pierce Johnson was sparkling in his Triple-A debut, striking out five and giving up only two hits in three innings. Felix Pena and Brandon Gomes chipped in with two scoreless innings, while Armando Rivero tossed a scoreless frame. Miguel Mejia surrendered the only earned run in the ninth.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs assigned LHP Giovanni Soto to the Iowa Cubs. Eugene Emeralds INF Blake Headley retired.