Once again, I'm driving home tomorrow from my trip, so I won't be doing the Minor League Wrap tomorrow. I'll see you again on Tuesday.
The Iowa Cubs stilled the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 6-5.
Felipe Paulino started and kept the Zephyrs off the board for five innings. Unfortunately, manager Marty Pevey let Paulino pitch the sixth inning and he got hammered for five runs. The final line on Paulino was five runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings. Paulino walked one and struck out one.
Gonzalez Germen got the win with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief of Paulino. Paulino gave up five hits. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.
Brian Schlitter gave up two one-out singles in the ninth, but managed to pitch out of the jam for his sixth save. Schlitter struck out one and walked no one.
Ryan Dent gave Iowa the lead in the bottom of the eighth with a perfectly-placed RBI bunt single. Dent was 2 for 4 with a triple and two total RBI. He scored once.
First baseman Mike Olt was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Left fielder Junior Lake went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI. He scored on Dent's bunt single.
Right fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 4 with one run scored.
Rob Zastryzny started game one and gave up a three-run home run in the first inning. But that was it for Zastryzny as he went four innings, and allowed three runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Zach Cates got the win in relief. He allowed one unearned run on no hits over two innings. Cates walked one and struck out one.
P.J. Francescon pitched the seventh inning and collected his tenth save. Francescon gave up a leadoff single, but a double play erased that and a ground out ended the game.
Second baseman Stephen Bruno and catcher Willson Contreras were both 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Center fielder Albert Almora went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored one run and had one RBI. The walk was Almora's 15th this season. He had 14 walks all of last year. Unfortunately, his OBP is pretty much the same.
Felix Peña started game two and took the loss after he was tagged for seven runs, five of which were earned, on six hits over only three innings. Peña struck out three and walked two.
Catcher Taylor Davis hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to get the Smokies on the board. It was Davis' third home run for the Smokies and fifth overall. Davis went 2 for 3.
First baseman Dan Vogelbach hit a two-run home run in the sixth to account for the other two Smokies runs. It was Vogy's fifth home run this year. He was 1 for 2 with a walk in game two.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were cut short by the Winston-Salem-Dash (White Sox), 3-2.
The Pelicans wasted a great start by Jonathan Martinez, who allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings. Martinez struck out five and walked no one.
James Farris gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the loss. Farris allowed two runs on two hits and two walks (along with two wild pitches) in two-thirds of an inning. He struck out one.
The Pelicans did put up a threat in the ninth inning with back-to-back one out walks by Mark Zagunis and Pin-Chieh Chen. But back-to-back strikeouts by Chesny Young and Jeimer Candelario ended the game.
Young was 2 for 5. Daniel Lockhart was 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI groundout.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs had their five-game winning streak snapped by the Lake County Captains (Indians), 6-3.
Michael Wagner started today and allowed one run on three hits over 3+ innings. He struck out four and walked four.
Jordan Minch pitched the bottom of the eighth and was knocked around for four runs and he took the loss. Minch gave up three hits, walked one and hit one batter.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres hit his second home run of the year with the bases empty in the fourth inning. Torres finished the day going 2 for 3 with a walk and two RBI.
DH Kevin Encarnacion and catcher Erick Castillo were both 2 for 4.
The Eugene Emeralds choked in the dust of the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 8-2
Andin Diaz started for the Emeralds today and kept the Dust Devils off the board for 5.2 innings. Diaz allowed two hits. He struck out four and walked two.
The Emeralds led 1-0 heading to the eighth inning, but the Dust Devils scored six runs in the top of the inning. Francisco Carrillo took the loss. He pitched two innings and allowed two runs on one hit and one walk. He struck out two.
Center fielder Ian Happ hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his third of his short. professional career. Happ was 1 for 3 with a walk. He scored twice.
Donnie Dewees got his first professional hit with an infield single in the sixth inning. He was 1 for 5.
I probably won't update that score, so just click on the link to see how it turned out.