Josh is traveling today, so I'm filling in once again on the Minor League Wrap, which has a full slate of games from the system. I wish I could have brought you better game results. You're most interested in a certain rehab assignment, so let's look at that game first. (Never mind that it would have gone in this order anyway.)
The I-Cubs were wafted away by the New Orleans Zephyrs, 2-1 in 12 innings.
Kyle Schwarber made a throwing error in the top of the 12th that helped lead to the decisive run. Schwarber had entered the game as a pinch-hitter and replaced Taylor Teagarden behind the plate. Teagarden went 2-for-5, the only Iowa player with more than one hit. (Does this sound familiar?)
Jorge Soler played his first rehab assignment game, starting in right field. Soler went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, but drove in the only Iowa run on a groundout.
Jeffry Antigua started and went five innings. Joe Ortiz threw four shutout innings in relief and Blake Cooper threw three relief innings. He was tagged with the loss for allowing the unearned run.
The Smokies were drenched by the Mobile BayBears, 3-2.
Mobile's pitching held the Smokies to seven hits, all singles. Billy McKinney had two of them to raise his batting average to .310. McKinney also scored one of the two runs.
Ryan Williams, making his fifth start in Double-A, threw six solid innings, allowing six hits and a walk and just one run, with four strikeouts. Corey Black, pitching in relief, was touched up for a two-run homer in the seventh that was the difference in the game.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were outrun by the Winston-Salem Dash, 2-1.
The game was tied 1-1 when the Dash scored the eventual winning run off James Pugliese in the bottom of the eighth. The Pelicans had only six hits, one of which was an RBI double by Chesny Young. Jeimer Candelario also doubled.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs wrenched the Lansing Lugnuts, 4-2.
Charcer Burks homered in the third inning, his first of the season, to tie the game 1-1. South Bend opened it up in the seventh, scoring three runs. Two of the runs scored on a throwing error.
Yasiel Balaguert went 3-for-5. Jason Vosler went 2-for-4. Gioskar Amaya went 3-for-4 and scored a run in that seventh-inning rally.
Tommy Thorpe threw five innings and allowed one run. The win went to reliever Corbin Hoffner, and Dillon Maples posted a save in his first appearance since being promoted to South Bend, although he allowed two hits and a run.
Here are highlights from the South Bend win:
Donnie Dewees, who went 2-for-5, led off the bottom of the ninth with a double. After Eloy Jimenez walked, a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. Tri-City intentionally walked Ian Happ to load the bases, and after a strikeout, Justin Marra singled in the game-winner.
This was after the Ems had blown a 4-0 lead they held going into the sixth. The Devils scored single runs in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth to force the last-inning heroics.
Matt Rose went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a double. Adonis Paula was 2-for-4.
Eugene starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay threw two scoreless innings with four strikeouts, then Ryan Kellogg pitched a scoreless third before Greyfer Eregua gave up two runs on six hits in 3⅔ innings.
I feel for Josh. It is not easy typing those unusual names.
And Josh will be back here for tomorrow's wrap.