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Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (14-10)
Back at home on Monday South Bend posted their first shut out of the season, blanking Wisconsin 3-0. Carson Sands was dominant as he scattered three hits and struck out four in six innings. Pitching out of the bullpen, Preston Morrison was more effective as he fanned five in three innings for the long save.
A couple of wild pitches aided the SB Cubs in the fifth inning, as Eloy Jimenez (2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base) scored and Matt Rose (1-for-3) reached second on the gaffes. A base hit from Jesse Hodges (2-for-3 with and RBI) drove in Rose. Carlos Sepulveda (1-for-4 with a double) doubled and came home on a single by Daniel Spingola (1-for-3 with a stolen base) in the sixth inning.
The South Bend Cubs learned a lesson on Tuesday, to play the game all nine innings as they lost 5-4 to Wisconsin. Ryan Kellogg was dealing, striking out five in six scoreless innings. But going 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position hurt as the normally reliable Greyfer Eregua gave five earned runs in two innings. Kyle Miller finished up with a scoreless inning.
The SB Cubs had all but one batter reach base safely, but could only manage four runs. One run was manufactured in the second when Eddy Julio Martinez (1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base) walked, stole second, and scored on a wild pitch. Eloy Jimenez (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) doubled in Donnie Dewees (1-for-3) in the third, and came home on a base hit from Martinez. Matt Rose (1-for-4 with a home run) added a solo home run in the fourth inning.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-11)
Myrtle Beach flexed their pitching strength enough on Monday to allow their offense to catch up and edge past Winston-Salem 3-2 in 11 innings. Jake Stinnett continues to improve with each outing, as he stuck out three and was tagged for an unearned run in five innings. Tommy Thorpe moved back to the pen and allowed an earned run, but fanned five in 2.2 innings. David Berg was stretched out a little, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings and striking out two batters. James Farris struck out the side in the 11th for his fourth save.
The big hit for the Pelicans was a two-run homer from Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-5 with a home run and two RBI) in the first inning with Ian Happ (1-for-4 with a double) on board. Jason Vosler (2-for-4 with a double) doubled to lead off the 11th inning and scored the game-winner on a fielder’s choice.
Great pitching and timely hitting were an unbeatable combination as Myrtle Beach beat Winston-Salem 5-2 on Tuesday. Jonathan Martinez showed some of his 2015 form as he struck out four and allowed an earned run in six innings. Tyler Ihrig tossed a scoreless inning, but Daury Torrez gave up an earned run in 0.2 innings. Jose Rosario pitched a perfect 1.1 innings for his second save.
Gleyber Torres (2-for-4 with a home run) got things going for the Pelicans with a solo home run in the first inning. A double by Rashad Crawford (2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and two stolen bases), base hit from Torres, and a sacrifice fly brought in another run in the third. Doubles by Jason Vosler (2-for-5 with a double) and Shawon Dunston Jr. (3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, and an RBI) sandwiched around a walk to Gioskar Amaya (1-for-3) led to two runs in the sixth. The Birds added a run in the eighth when Charcer Burks (2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base) doubled and came home on a base hit by Crawford.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (13-12)
Tennessee closed out their series against Biloxi on Monday with a doubleheader forced by a rainout on Sunday. In game one, the Smokies could not hold down the Shuckers as they lost 3-2. Tyler Skulina had one bad inning, giving up three unearned runs in the second as he stuck out two in five innings. Gerardo Concepcion pitched a scoreless inning.
It took eight innings to settle the nightcap, but Tennessee posted three in the eighth to beat Biloxi 4-1. The Smokies tied the game in the fifth as Billy McKinney (1-for-3) singled and scored on a double play. Mark Zagunis (1-for-2 with a home run and an RBI) led off the eighth with a solo home run, and Ryan Dent followed with a single. One out later, Kelly Dugan (1-for-1 with a home run and two RBI) smashed a two run shot to complete the scoring.
Jen-Ho Tseng started for Tennessee, but left after 2.1 scoreless innings with an apparent injury. Brad Markey came out of the pen and served up a solo home run, as he pitched 2.2 innings. David Garner struck out three in two innings, while Corey Black slammed the door for his second save.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (10-13)
It wasn’t even as close as the score makes it appear, as Iowa was embarrassed in Nashville 5-1. Pierce Johnson was thumped as he allowed four earned runs in three innings. Miguel Mejia surrendered another earned run as he pitched an inning. Brandon Gomes, Felix Pena, and Giovanni Soto held the Sounds scoreless the rest of the way.
The only offense for the I-Cubs was a solo home run by Willson Contreras (1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI) in the eighth inning.
The 10th win of the season was finally put in the books on Tuesday as pitching led the way for the I-Cubs in 2-1 victory over Nashville. Ryan Williams once again had hitters pounding the ball into the ground as he allowed an earned run and struck out four in six innings. Carl Edwards Jr. and C.J. Riefenhauser each pitched a scoreless inning. Spencer Patton struck out a batter in the ninth to collect his fourth save.
It was a simple scoring summary, as all of Iowa’s runs came on one swing. Dan Vogelbach (1-for-4) singled to lead off the seventh and came home on a one out home run from Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI).
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs selected the contract of OF Ryan Kalish from the Iowa Cubs.