Yesterday, the Cubs system won three out of four. Today they lost three out of four.
The Iowa Cubs were plopped on by the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 8-1.
Carlos Pimentel had a miserable start, giving up two home runs in the first two innings including a grand slam to Xavier Scruggs. He lasted 3.2 innings and allowed seven runs, five earned on six hits. Pimentel walked four and struck out five.
Shortstop Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with a double. Third baseman Kris Bryant was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. The MLBPA had no comment.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Mississippi Braves, 8-7.
Starter Ivan Pineyro allowed three runs on three hits and three walks over four innings. Pineyro struck out four.
It was a rough Cubs and Smokies debut for Andres Santiago, who took the loss tonight. He relieved Pineyro and didn't make it out of the fifth inning. Santiago allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Santiago struck out one.
Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI. Catcher Willson Contreras went 3 for 5 and scored once.
Second baseman Stephen Bruno entered the game as part of a double-switch in the fifth inning and went 2 for 2 and scored a run.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were crushed under a pile of Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 8-3.
It was a rough season debut for Daury Torrez, who took the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits over only 4.2 innings. Two of those seven hits were home runs, including a three-run home run by Bubba Starling. Torrez struck out five and walked only one, so that's good.
The actual good pitching news was that Gerardo Concepcion pitched two innings without allowing a run or a hit. He did walk one and had a wild pitch. Concepcion struck out two.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 5 with an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth as the Pelicans got a mini-rally going, but they were way too far behind at that point. He also had a stolen base.
Catcher Ben Carhart was 1 for 3 with a double and was hit by a pitch. He scored twice.
And here are the highlights.
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South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs improved their record to 2-0 by running the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) off the road, 7-4.
Starter Jeremy Null dominated the Hot Rods for five innings, allowing just two hits, both singles, and no runs. One of the two singles was a bunt single to lead off the game. Null struck out seven and walked no one.
Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run. Second baseman Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 4 with one run batted in. Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 2 for 4.