It was a down way to end the week, with only two wins among all the affiliates. South Bend could not solve Fort Wayne despite a good pitching effort by Ryan Kellogg. Erick Leal continued to shine for Myrtle Beach, and Mark Zagunis attempted to carry Tennessee. While in Iowa, Willson Contreras kept driving in runs.
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Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (31-21)
South Bend was up bright and early on Wednesday and that did not seem to help them, as they lost 6-2 to Fort Wayne. An 11:05am start was not to the liking of Adbert Alzolay, who gave up five earned runs and struck out three in four innings. Pedro Araujo was able to pick up some of the slack, striking out five in three scoreless innings. Craig Brooks allowed an earned run in an inning.
The S-Cubs had a short-lived lead as Donnie Dewees (2-for-4 with a triple) tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. South Bend added a consolation run in the ninth after Eloy Jimenez (1-for-4 with a double) doubled and scored on a ground out.
It appears that South Bend will be happy to get out of Fort Wayne and come home, as they lost 4-3 on Thursday. Ryan Kellogg held the TinCaps in check, limiting them to an earned run and striking out seven in 6.2 innings. Scott Effross kept things up with 1.1 scoreless innings and three strikeouts. But the usually reliable James Norwood allowed three runs (two earned) in the final 0.2 innings to give Fort Wayne the victory.
Eddy Julio Martinez (2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI) put the first run on the board with a solo home run to lead off the second inning. In the sixth inning, a double by Martinez drove in Donnie Dewees (0-for-4) and Ian Rice (2-for-2 with a double).
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (28-25)
A Wednesday matinee brought the Pelicans a game closer to first place, as Myrtle Beach defeated Salem 6-3. Erick Leal had another fine outing, scattering three hits and surrendering an unearned run while pitching five innings. Tommy Thorpe continues to shine in relief as he struck out three in three scoreless innings. Daniel Lewis was brought into a low pressure situation, but gave up two earned runs in 0.2 innings. Daury Torrez got the final out for his first save.
Rashad Crawford (4-for-5 with a triple and two RBI) scored on a double from Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-5 with a double and an RBI), who came in an a base hit by Jason Vosler (1-for-4 with an RBI), which led to an RBI single by Gioskar Amaya (1-for-2 with an RBI and a stolen base) in the three-run third. A fourth inning triple by Crawford drove in Trey Martin (0-for-3), and a single from Ian Happ (1-for-4 with an RBI) brought Crawford in. In the eighth, a base hit and a stolen base by Jeffrey Baez (1-for-4 with a stolen base) set up Crawford for an RBI single.
In game one of a Thursday doubleheader, a close game was broken wide open as Myrtle Beach fell 7-1 to Salem. Jeremy Null was the victim of his defense as he allowed three unearned runs and struck out three in five innings. Dillon Maples was pummeled by the Red Sox, giving up four earned runs in 0.2 innings. Jordan Minch got the final out with a strikeout. The only run came in the third inning when Ian Happ (1-for-3 with an RBI) singled in Charcer Burks (2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base).
Game two wasn’t any better for the Pelicans, as they lost 9-2 to Salem. Jake Stinnett was abused for 12 hits and nine runs (eight earned) in 5.1 innings. Ryan McNeil finished off the sixth inning. Rashad Crawford (1-for-4 with a double) doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Charcer Burks (0-for-2 with a stolen base) manufactured a run in the third by walking, stealing second and coming home on an error.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (23-30)
Rain curtailed Tennessee’s chances of coming back any further on Wednesday, as they lost to Jackson 4-3 in five innings. Duane Underwood Jr. continues to underwhelm as he allowed four earned runs and struck out seven in five innings. A two-run homer by Mark Zagunis (3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI) with Chesny Young (2-for-3) on cut the lead in half in the third inning. Zagunis also had an RBI single to drive in Carlos Penalver (1-for-2) in the fifth.
Luck picked the wrong day to shorten a game by rain as Jackson scored all of their runs from the fifth inning on in Tennessee’s 8-4 loss on Thursday. Paul Blackburn yielded four earned runs in 4.2 innings and had seven strikeouts. Juan Paniagua tossed 1.1 scoreless innings, but David Berg gave up four runs (three earned) in 1.1 innings. Miguel Mejia struck out three in the final 1.2 innings.
Jacob Hannemann (2-for-4 with a stolen base) led off the first with a single and a stolen base, coming home on a double from Mark Zagunis (2-for-4 with a double and two RBI). A single by Billy McKinney (1-for-3 with an RBI) brought in Zagunis. McKinney scored on a double from Victor Caratini (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI). A base hit by Zagunis plated Stephen Bruno (2-for-4) in the sixth inning.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (25-26)
Iowa inched their way back into contention for first place on Wednesday with a 5-4 victory over Oklahoma City. For the second straight start, Drew Rucinski looked like a pitcher on the rise as he fanned seven and held the Dodgers to two earned runs in seven innings. Gerardo Concepcion struck out the side after allowing a walk and a hit in the eighth. Carl Edwards Jr. made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth, walking three and giving up two earned runs while striking out two batters.
The I-Cubs scored single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings with Dan Vogelbach (2-for-4 with a double and a triple) tripling and coming in on a sacrifice fly, Logan Watkins (1-for-3) scoring on a Willson Contreras double (2-for-3 with a double and two RBI), and Vogelbach once again touching home on a single by Albert Almora Jr. (1-for-3 with two RBI). In the seventh, a triple by Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI) plated Watkins and a single from Contreras scored Alcantara.
The Iowa Cubs game with Oklahoma City on Thursday was postponed due to rain.