The Iowa Cubs got drenched by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 6-4 on a two-run walkoff home run by Casey Kotchman.
Starter Jeffry Antigua pitched five innings and allowed three runs on a pair of home runs by catcher Francisco Pena. Antigua allowed five hits total. He struck out three and didn't walk anyone.
Pena, by the way, hit a third home run in this game off of Yoanner Negrin.
Kotchman hit his walkoff home run off losing pitcher Blake Cooper. Cooper's final line was two runs on a hit and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. Cooper did not have a strikeout.
Left fielder John Andreoli was 3 for 3 with a double and a sacrifice bunt. He also scored once. Andreoli is quietly having a great season, raising his average to .313 with an OBP over .400. He's also stolen 18 bases.
Center fielder Matt Szczur was 2 for 4 with a double and a steal. Szczur had two RBI.
Shortstop Ryan Dent was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI. Catcher Rafael Lopez was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans dashed past the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 6-0.
Duane Underwood Jr. threw a gem tonight. Underwood allowed only two hits and a walk over seven innings. Underwood struck out four and walked one. Also, he kept the ball on the ground with 12 groundouts to only two outs in the air, only one of which reached the outfield. Underwood Jr. improved his record to 6-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.85.
First baseman Jacob Rogers was 3 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in the sixth inning, his eighth of the season. Rogers scored twice.
Second baseman Daniel Lockhart went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Right fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 4 with a double, a walk and three RBI. Zagunis scored once. He has also reached base in 31 straight road games.
Left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 2 for 5.
The win lowered the Pelicans magic number to clinch the first-half division title to three.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were slain by the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 3-1.
Zach Hedges was also quite sharp tonight, allowing just one unearned run on three hits over seven innings. He did walk four while striking out six.
Michael Knighten took the loss in his 2015 debut. He pitched one inning, the eighth, and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out one and walked no one.
Third baseman Jesse Hodges went 3 for 4. Catcher Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 4.