Some moves in the Cubs system today. Catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted from Myrtle Beach to Tennessee and pitcher was promoted from Eugene to Myrtle Beach.
Catcher Taylor Davis was promoted from Tennessee to Iowa and second baseman Angelo Amendolare, a 27th round pick from Jacksonville this season also joined Iowa. Gonzalez Germen was designated for assignment.
Pitcher Santiago Rodriguez and infielder Vimael Machin join the South Bend Cubs. Infielder Jesse Hodges has left the team to play for Canada in the Pan-Am Games.
Congratulations to Tennessee Smokies pitcher Ryan Williams, your choice for the BCB Minor League Pitcher of the Month. He narrowly (by three votes) edged out Carlos Pimentel, who was the Cubs' "official" choice.
The Iowa Cubs were blown away by the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 7-0.
Frank Batista started and took the loss. Batista went five innings and allowed five runs on 11 hits. He did not have a strikeout nor did he issue a walk.
Shortstop Ryan Dent was 2 for 3 with a double.
The Tennessee Smokies were subjugated by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 4-1.
Starter Felix Peña took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits over six innings. Peña struck out seven and walked four.
The Smokies had two hits, both doubles in the third inning. Jacob Hannemann was 1 for 3 with a walk and he scored on Bijan Rademacher's double in the third. Rademacher was 1 for 4.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lit up the Carolina Mudcats (Braves), 16-4.
Jonathan Martinez started this game, but he exited after only two innings. (I assume he exited because he threw 30 pitches in the second inning. The Cubs have an inning pitch-count limit in the low minors.) Martinez allowed three runs on three hits. He struck out two, walked two and hit one batter.
Michael Heesch got the win in relief because Martinez didn't go five innings. Heesch allowed one run on two hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out one.
The Pelicans scored seven runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back.
First baseman Jacob Rogers hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, his tenth of the season. Rogers also had an RBI double in the first inning. Rogers was 3 for 6 with four RBI and two runs scored.
We have video of the Rogers home run.
Third baseman Jeimer Candelario went 4 for 6 with a double and a triple. Candelario scored three runs and had three runs batted in.
Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. Martin scored once and had two RBI. Shortstop Carlos Penalver went 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored two runs and had one run batted in.
Left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen went 2 for 5. He scored once and drove one run home. Second baseman Daniel Lockhart went 2 for 5 with a double and three RBI. Lockhart scored once.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs stripped the hubcaps of the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 1-0.
Starter Michael Wagner got his first win of the year after allowing just two hits over six innings. Wagner struck out two and walked two.
Ryan McNeil pitched the next two innings and also gave up two hits. McNeil struck out two and walked no one.
Corbin Hoffner came in for the save in the ninth and allowed singles to the first and third batters he faced. Fortunately, he induced a 6-4-3 double play in between those two hits, so there was never any big threat. Hoffner struck out the final batter of the game for his first save of the season.
South Bend only had three hits in this game. Luckily, one of them was a home run in the fifth inning by right fielder Jeffrey Baez. It was his second home run of the year. Baez was 1 for 3.
Vimael Machin had the other two hits, both doubles. He was 2 for 4.
The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 5-4.
Ems starter Andin Diaz had some control issues tonight. Diaz allowed three runs in the fourth inning when he walked four batters. His final line was 4 innings pitched, allowing three runs, two earned, on two hits. He walked six and he struck out six.
DH Ian Rice went 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice and had one RBI. He also stole a base.
Catcher Tyler Alamo was 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.
Left fielder Donnie Dewees went 2 for 5 with an RBI.
Excellent outing by Dylan Cease for AZL #Cubs, maybe his best since TJ. 3IP, 1R, 0H, 1BB, 3K. Run unearned. One of top AZL pitchers.
— Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) July 5, 2015
The box score says the run was earned, but whatever. The run did score on an error.