Al is in Lansing, checking out the South Bend Cubs matchup with the Lugnuts. He'll have a full report on this game Thursday morning.
Because Al doesn't take an All-Star Break.
A quick link to MLB.com's "Fast Risers" article, in which three Cubs are listed as "honorable mentions."
Also, a reminder that Thursday night's Iowa/Memphis clash will be televised on the CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. Chicago Time. We'll have a preview/game thread for this game. It's the only game on TV, so you might as well watch.
The International League beat the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game, 4-3.
Carlos Pimentel started this game for the PCL and pitched the first two innings. He allowed one run on two hits. Pimentel struck out four and walked no one.
Arismendy Alcantara played the entire game (playing both center field and second base) and was 1 for 4 with a double.
The Tennessee Smokies were cooked by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 4-1.
Felix Pena started this game and took the loss. Pena pitched five innings and allowed four runs on five hits. One of the runs was unearned. Pena walked two and struck out four.
The Smokies only managed four hits tonight. Jacob Hannemann was 1 for 4. He doubled and scored in the eighth inning.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans taxed the Potomac Nationals, 5-2.
Starter Jen-Ho Tseng got his third win after tossing seven innings and allowing just two runs on four hits. One of the two runs was unearned. But his error was one of two in the fifth inning that led to the unearned run, so you know how I feel about that. Tseng walked three and struck out two.
Fernando Cruz pitched a perfect ninth for the save. He did not strike anyone out.
The Pelicans hit three home runs tonight which accounted for four of their five runs. The first home run was a solo home run by first baseman Jacob Rogers in the third inning, his 11th of the season. Rogers was 1 for 4.
The second home run was a two-run shot by DH Kevin Brown two batters later. It was Brown's third home run this year. He was 2 for 4 and scored twice.
Finally, in the fifth inning shortstop Chesny Young hit the first home run of career with the bases empty. Young was 2 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were hammered by the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 6-4.
Starter Erick Leal pitched six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits. He walked one and struck out one.
Jordan Minch had a tough outing and took the loss in relief. Minch allowed three runs on four hits over 1.1 innings. Minch walked one and struck out one.
Both David Bote and Kevin Encarnacion were 2 for 4 and scored a run. Bote had one RBI.
Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 5 and scored a run. Jeffrey Baez went 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Charcer Burks left this game in the first inning after apparently injuring his right leg pulling up short and allowing Rashad Crawford to make a catch in the outfield.
The Eugene Emeralds jumped on the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 8-4.
Starter Oscar De La Cruz pitched 4.1 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked two.
Francisco Carrillo got the win with 3.2 innings of relief. Carrillo allowed one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked no one.
Center fielder Ian Happ was 3 for 4 with a double. Happ scored twice and had one RBI.
Second baseman Frandy Delarosa was 2 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored. Third baseman Blake Headley went 2 for 4 with a double. He also had one RBi and one run scored in a seven-run fifth inning. Both of Headley's hits came in the fifth.
Shortstop Ho-young Son was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Right fielder Eloy Jimenez was 2 for 4 and scored once.
Zac Rosscup pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab start in this game.