Congratulations to Pierce Johnson, your choice for the BCB Minor League Pitcher of the Month. The Cubs also announced their "official" choices, going with South Bend's Jeffrey Baez for Player of the Month and Myrtle Beach's Brad Markey for the Pitcher of the Month. Your choice for Player of the Month was Iowa's Mike Olt.
The Iowa Cubs were soaked by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 9-5. This snapped the I-Cubs six-game win streak.
Starter Drake Britton struggled tonight, allowing five runs on five hits over only four innings. Britton walked three and struck out only one. His record fell to 7-6.
Left fielder Adron Chambers was 2 for 5 with a two-run triple in the fifth inning. Chamber scored twice.
Catcher Taylor Davis was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and drove one in.
The Tennessee Smokies defenestrated the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 13-1.
Starter Ryan Williams kept the Barons off the board for six innings, giving up just two hits, both singles. Williams struck out one and walked no one.
DH Willson Contreras was 4 for 5 with a double and three RBI. Contreras leads the Southern League in hitting at .338.
In the eighth inning, center fielder Jacob Hannemann connected for his third home run of the season with two men on. Hannemann was 2 for 5 with a walk and three runs scored.
Second baseman Stephen Bruno was a perfect 3 for 3 with two walks. He scored three runs and batted one in.
Center fielder Albert Almora was 2 for 5 with a two-run double and three total RBI. Almora also walked once and scored once.
First baseman Jacob Rogers was 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. He scored three runs and drove in one.
Miguel Montero played the entire game behind the plate and was 1 for 5. Tommy La Stella played eight innings at third base and 2 for 5. He scored once and had one RBI. La Stella also made a couple of highlight plays on defense.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth and one in the tenth to stun the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 3-2.
Jen-Ho Tseng made just one mistake in his seven-inning start: a two-run home run in the fourth inning to Mauricio Ramos. Tseng allowed just four hits. He struck out six and walked no one.
Josh Conway threw three scoreless innings and got his second win. He allowed just two hits. Conway struck out two and walked no one.
The Pelicans tied it up in the ninth on a one-out, two-run home run by first baseman Jason Vosler. It was Vosler's 11th home run this year and fourth for the Pelicans. He finished the night 1 for 3 with a walk.
After center fielder Trey Martin singled to lead off the tenth inning, he moved to second on a Carlos Penalver sacrifice bunt. That's when second baseman Daniel Lockhart doubled him home to win the game. Lockhart was 2 for 4 and Martin was 1 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs caged the Kane County Cougars (Diamondbacks), 10-2.
Starter Trevor Clifton got the win after he went seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. Clifton struck out three and walked three.
DH Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 3 with a double and a sacrifice bunt. He scored twice.
First baseman David Bote was 3 for 5 with two RBI.
Jeffrey Baez celebrated his Player of the Month honors by hitting a bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning. Baez was 1 for 4 with a walk and a steal. He scored twice.
Left fielder Ian Happ was 1 for 3 with two walks. He scored once.
South Bend drew 5,029 fans tonight, which brought them to 258,836 fans this season, which is a new franchise record. They still have 16 home games left to play.
Finishing up their All-Star Break.