The bats are starting to heat up as Tennessee won two in a row with Jeimer Candelario driving in six runs. Dan Vogelbach had a home run and John Andreoli hit two as Iowa had a slugfest on Monday. South Bend remained hot with Daniel Spingola and Eloy Jimenez leading the way. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Baez put on a defensive show, throwing out three runners for Myrtle Beach.
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Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (12-6)
Back to work after a day off on Monday, South Bend extended their win streak to six games with a 7-5 victory over Quad Cities on Tuesday. The offense remained steady as a single by Daniel Spingola (2-for-4 with a double and two RBI) drove in Eloy Jimenez (2-for-5 with a double and an RBI) and Eddy Julio Martinez (1-for-4 with a double) in the second inning. A pair of doubles by Spingola and Tyler Alamo (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) added another run in the fourth, with Jesse Hodges (2-for-3 with an RBI) driving in Alamo with a single. Two more runs came in the seventh with a walk by P.J. Higgins (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI), a triple from Donnie Dewees (1-for-5 with a triple and an RBI), and double by Jimenez.
Preston Morrison looked like he would finally put things together, but the wheels fell off in the fifth inning as he allowed three earned runs. Morrison gave up four earned runs and struck out five in five innings. Casey Bloomquist tossed three scoreless innings and had two strikeouts. Greyfer Eregua had some trouble in the ninth, surrendering an earned run, but striking out two to earn his third save.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (10-9)
Following an off-day on Monday, Myrtle Beach could not put things together on Tuesday as they lost to Potomac 7-4. Jonathan Martinez had his worst start of the season, giving up five earned runs and striking out three in six innings. Jose Rosario yielded two earned runs and had three strikeouts as he pitched an inning. Jordan Minch tossed a scoreless eighth inning.
Daniel Lockhart (2-for-3 with a double and a triple) was the hitting star for the Pelicans, doubling in the third inning and tripling in the fifth, scoring both times. Gleyber Torres (1-for-5) singled and came in on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. A walk to Jason Vosler (0-for-3), a wild pitch, and a base hit by Jeffrey Baez (1-for-4 with an RBI) accounted for the final run in the eighth.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (11-9)
Tennessee almost gave one away on Monday, but rallied back for a 6-5 win over Mobile. Staked to a 4-0 lead, Tyler Skulina was cruising before giving up five earned runs in the fifth inning. Michael Jensen was able to get Skulina out of the fifth and went 1.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. David Garner tossed two scoreless innings, and Corey Black worked around a hit in the ninth for his first save.
The Smokies strung together four walks to score Jacob Hannemann (1-for-3 with a double and a stolen base) in the third, and David Freitas (2-for-5 with a double and an RBI) doubled and scored in the fourth. Tennessee added two runs in the fifth inning on RBI singles from Victor Caratini (2-for-4 with a double and four RBI) and Freitas. Jeimer Candelario (1-for-3 with a double) led off the sixth with a double followed by a walk to Hannemann. A double by Caratini scored both runners.
On Tuesday afternoon, Tennessee completed a five-game sweep of Mobile with an 11-2 win. Jen-Ho Tseng got his first Double-A victory by allowing two earned runs and striking out two in five innings. Starling Peralta had two strikeouts in two innings, while Juan Paniagua and Josh Conway each fanned a batter in an inning of work.
The fun started for the Smokies in the third inning after Jeimer Candelario (2-for-3 with a double, a home run and six RBI) doubled home Jacob Hannemann (1-for-6 with a triple and a stolen base) and Chesny Young (3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base). Hannemann reached on a fielder’s choice in the fourth and Young walked, with both coming around on a home run from Candelario. Victor Caratini (2-for-3 with a double and two RBI) drove in Taylor Davis (1-for-4) with a double, and then scored on a single by Mark Zagunis (2-for-5 with an RBI). Tennessee added two in the seventh, and Anthony Giansanti (1-for-1 with a home run and an RBI) slugged a solo home run in the eighth inning.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (7-11)
The Iowa-Oklahoma City game on Monday resembled T-ball more than baseball, with both teams combining for five home runs and the I-Cubs prevailing 13-6. Drew Rucinski allowed four runs (three earned) and struck out four in six innings, while Armando Rivero gave up two earned runs in an inning. Jean Machi and Spencer Patton each tossed a scoreless inning.
Dan Vogelbach (2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI) got Iowa on the board in the first inning with a towering three-run homer, scoring Ryan Kalish (2-for-4) and Willson Contreras (2-for-5). John Andreoli (3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI) went deep twice, with a two-run shot in the second inning and a solo blast in the sixth. Arismendy Alcantara (2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base) and Kris Negron (2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base) pulled off a double steal in a four-run seventh inning.
Iowa closed out their series against Oklahoma City with a 4-2 loss on Tuesday. Pierce Johnson was on the hook entirely as he allowed four earned runs and struck out six in 4.2 innings. Miguel Mejia had three strikeouts in 1.1 perfect innings, and Felix Pena also fanned three in two perfect innings. C.J. Riefenhauser had a 1-2-3 ninth.
The I-Cubs scored all their runs in the third inning, as Munenori Kawasaki (0-for-2) and John Andreoli (0-for-3) walked and Albert Almora Jr. (2-for-4) singled to load the bases. A base hit by Matt Murton (2-for-4 with two RBI) drove in Kawasaki and Andreoli.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs assigned RHP Stephen Perakslis to the Tennessee Smokies from the Iowa Cubs; assigned C Erick Castillo to the South Bend Cubs form the Myrtle Beach Pelicans; assigned INF Jesse Hodges and RHP Kyle Miller to the South Bend cubs from the Eugene Emeralds; assigned RHP Michael Wagner to the Eugene Emerald from the Iowa Cubs; assigned RHP Scott Frazier to the Eugene Emeralds from the South Bend Cubs.
The Iowa Cubs activated C/INF Ben Carhart from the 7-day disabled list. The Tennessee Smokies placed RHP Andury Acevedo on the 7-day disabled list. The South Bend Cubs placed INF Adonis Paula on the 7-day disabled list; placed INF Carlos Sepulveda on the temporarily inactive list.