So far tonight, the Hug Count is still zero.
Carlos Pimentel started this game and allowed three runs on nine hits over five innings. He did strike out nine and he walked only one.
Frank Batista got the win after throwing four scoreless innings of relief. Batista gave up two hits. He walked two and struck out three.
After the I-Cubs pushed two runs across in the top of the 12th, Blake Cooper came on and got one of the ugliest saves you'll ever see. Cooper loaded the bases with no outs after two infield singles and a walk. Cooper induced a 6-4-3 double play to the next hitter. But then he walked the next two batters to load the bases again. After running the count to 3 and 2 with the bases loaded and a one-run lead, Cooper got strike three to end the game.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva was 2 for 4 with two walks. He singled home Javier Baez in the top of the 12th to give Iowa the lead and then scored later in the 12th with a critical insurance run.
Left fielder John Andreoli was 2 for 6 with a double and he singled home Villanueva in the 12th.
Baez was 1 for 5 with a double and was hit by a pitch. He scored twice.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 4-3.
Here's what you need to know. The Smokies had three pitchers tonight: starter Rob Zastryzny and relievers Felix Pena and Gerardo Concepcion. Rays right fielder Tyler Goeddel hit a solo home run off of each of them.
Zastryzny's final line was two runs on four hits over 5.1 innings. Zastryzny walked four and struck out four.
Concepcion pitched the eighth inning and took the loss after surrendering Goeddel's blast. Concepcion gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out one
DH Willson Contreras was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Shortstop Carlos Penalver hit a walkoff two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans stunned the Potomac Nationals, 4-3.
Starter Jeremy Null pitched five innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out one.
Michael Heesch pitched the final two innings without allowing a run to get his eighth win. Heesch gave up two hits. He struck out one and walked nobody.
Daniel Lockhart walked to lead off the ninth inning before Penalver connected for his first home run of the season to end the game. Penalver was 2 for 4 and scored twice.
Catcher Cael Brockmeyer was 2 for 4 with a double and an and RBI infield single in the eighth inning. DH Chesny Young was 2 for 4 with an RBI triple in the third inning. He also scored on the Brockmeyer single.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were swept by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 3-2.
Tommy Thorpe allowed only one run on five hits over the first six innings. Thorpe walked two and struck out three.
South Bend pushed across a run in the top of the ninth on a throwing error and Alex Santana came into get the save. But with a man on first and two outs, Santana allowed a game-tying double and then a walkoff single to end the game. Santana allowed two runs on three hits over two-thirds of an inning. He struck out one and walked no one.
By the way, the Loon who got the game-winning hit off of Alex Santana? His name is Alex Santana.
Third baseman Jesse Hodges hit a solo home run in the third inning, his fifth on the season. Hodges was 1 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.
Center fielder Rashad Crawford went 2 for 3 with a walk. All three times he reached base, he stole second.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 2 for 5 with one steal.
The Eugene Emeralds poked the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 6-4.
Ems starter Ryan Kellogg pitched two innings and got roughed up for three runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out one.
Adbert Alzolay was magnificent in a piggyback role, throwing six scoreless innings without allowing a hit on the way to his second win. Alzolay walked one and struck out three.
Trey Masek got the first save of his professional career, but it wasn't without incident. Masek gave up a run on a solo home run in the ninth and then brought the winning run to the plate after two singles. But he retired the next two batters without much difficulty to end the game. Masek pitched one inning and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out one.
Center fielder Donnie Dewees hit a two-run home run in the third inning, the fourth of this first pro season. Dewees was 2 for 5 with a double and three total RBI. He scored twice.
Third baseman Andrew Ely was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI single.