Just to give you a tease, you're going to want to watch this Sunday's game between the Carolina Mudcats and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and you're going to want to follow the game on social media. The Pelicans and the city of Myrtle Beach want to make it worth your while. So remember, this Sunday at 5 pm Central on CSN Chicago Plus. It's also on the Altitude Channel in the Rocky Mountain Region and Cox Sports Television for people who have Cox cable. It's also on a lot of over-the-air channels. Check your local listings.
I'll have a post tomorrow after the Cubs recap explaining it all. But you're going to want to watch.
The Iowa Cubs were overcome by peaceful uses of the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 10-2.
Felipe Paulino started and took the loss, his third of the year. Paulino pitched 5.2 innings and gave up three runs on four hits. One of the three runs was unearned. Paulino struck out six and walked three.
Blake Cooper turned a close game into a rout. I have no wish to embarrass him further.
Shortstop Chris Valaika hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. It was his third this season. Valaika was 1 for 2 with a walk.
Center fielder John Andreoli came off the DL and went 2 for 3 with a walk.
Left fielder Adron Chambers was 2 for 5 and scored once. Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara went 2 for 5.
The Tennessee Smokies fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 6-5, thus failing to complete the five-game sweep. The Smokies finish the series percentage points behind the Lookouts in first place with two five-game series left for both teams in the first half.
Ivan Pineyro went the first six innings and left after having allowed four runs on seven hits. Pineyro struck out six and walked one.
Starling Peralta relieved Pineyro and pitched a perfect seventh inning. But he got into trouble in the eighth when he allowed a walk and a single to the first two batters he faced. Peralta then exited for Gerardo Concepcion, who allowed one of those runners to score (one got erased in a rundown) and then Concepcion gave up another run of his own that ended up being pretty huge. Peralta got the loss and his final line was one run on one hit and one walk in 1+ innings. Peralta struck out no one.
DH Willson Contreras was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once and had one RBI. Right fielder Billy McKinney was 2 for 4 with a double and a two-run single in the fourth inning.
Catcher Kyle Schwarber was 1 for 3 and was hit by a pitch and scored twice. The one hit was a perfect bunt down the third base line to beat the shift. More importantly for Schwarber, the threw out two of the four runners trying to steal.
Left fielder Chris Denorfia played the whole game in left field in a rehab assignment. He was 0 for 3 with a sac fly.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
In game one, starter Duane Underwood Jr. took his second loss of the year after he gave up four runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings. Underwood struck out four and walked one.
Third baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 3 with an RBI in game one.
In game two, Paul Blackburn pitched 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Michael Heesch came on in relief of Blackburn in the sixth inning. He faced four batters and got five outs, getting a double play to end the sixth. Heesch did not have a strikeout. He got the win when the Pelicans scored four runs in teh bottom of the sixth.
In the sixth inning, shortstop Carlos Penalver connected with the bases loaded for a double that turned a 2-2 tie into a 5-2 Pelicans lead. Penalver was 1 for 3.
Chesny Young played second base in game two and went 2 for 3 again. Young scored once. He now has an eight-game hitting streak.
Left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 2 for 3 with a double and a stolen base. He also scored once.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs harvested the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 9-4.
Jake Stinnett started and got the win. Stinnett pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out five.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 3 for 5 with an RBi and one run scored. Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 3 for 4 with a double and a stolen base. Baez had two RBI and scored once.
Catcher Cael Brockmeyer was 2 for 5 with two runs scored. Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 3 with a walk. Hodges scored twice and had one RBI.