The Iowa Cubs lost to the Las Vegas 51s (Mets), 5-4 in 12 innings.
Dallas Beeler was terrific again tonight. Beeler gave up just one run on six hits over 7.1 innings. Beeler struck out three and walked no one.
After the 51s tied up the game 2-2 in the eighth, Iowa retook a 4-2 lead in the top of the ninth. Carl Edwards Jr. came on for the save, but he exited after two pitches with some sort of problem with his finger. Armando Rivero came on to relieve Edwards, but walked the first batter (charged to Edwards) and then after two more walks, gave up a game-tying two-run double to Danny Muno to blow the save.
Drake Britton pitched the 10th and 11th inning without allowing a run, but then gave up a walkoff home run to lead off the 12th to Muno. Britton's final line was 2+ innings, allowing one run on two hits. He walked one and struck out no one.
Shortstop Javier Baez went 2 for 5 including a two-out RBI bunt single in the first inning that scored John Andreoli. Baez also had his first successful sacrifice bunt in the tenth inning.
Center fielder Matt Szczur was 2 for 5 with a walk and a spectacular diving catch in center field.
The Smokies are six games out of first place in the second half with 21 games to play.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Pelicans are a game and a half out of first in the second half, but it's academic because the Pelicans have already qualified for the playoffs by virtue of winning the first half.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs are 3.5 games out of the final second-half wild card spot with 21 games to play.
The Eugene Emeralds tamed the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 7-4.
Kyle Miller started this game but he only lasted 1.1 innings. Miller was charged with three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Eugene came back from a 4-2 deficit by scoring two in the eighth and three in the ninth to win it. Scott Frazier pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth and got the win. He struck out one. Scott Effross pitched the bottom of the ninth and picked up his first career save. One runner reached on an error off of Effross, but that was it. Effross struck out two.
Second baseman Frandy Delarosa broke the 4-4 tie with a two-run single in the top of the ninth, scoring Kevonte Mitchell and Donnie Dewees. Delarosa was 2 for 5 and scored once.
Dewees was 2 for 5. Mitchell was 1 for 4.
In the fifth inning, third baseman Adonis Paula put the Ems on the board with a two-run home run, his first of the season. Paula was 1 for 3 with and was hit by a pitch.
Left fielder Eloy Jimenez was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had one RBI. Shortstop Andrew Ely was 2 for 5 and scored a run.
Right fielder Alex Bautista was 3 for 4. He had two runs batted in and he scored once.
The Emeralds have a one-game lead over Salem-Keizer for the second-half postseason spot. (Division leader Hillsboro won the first half.)