Four weeks left of the minor league season. I just need to stay awake another 28 days.
The Iowa Cubs beat the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 3-0. Iowa has now won 10 of their last 11 games.
Carlos Pimentel was the third straight Iowa pitcher to not allow a run. He pitched seven innings and gave up two hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Brian Schlitter pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save. He struck out one.
First baseman Mike Olt hit a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning. It was Olt's sixth this season. He was 1 for 3.
Iowa now trails Oklahoma City by only four games, after having trailed the Dodgers by as much as 10.5 games in July.
The Tennessee Smokies accepted the surrender of the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 8-3.
Rob Zastryzny claimed his second win this year after throwing 6+ innings and allowing three runs on eight hits. He struck out seven and walked only two.
Third baseman Jeimer Candelario has been on fire lately. Tonight he hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, his third home run this month already and eighth overall. Candelario added an RBI single and was 2 for 4 with four total RBI.
Center fielder Albert Almora was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He also stole one base. Almora scored three times and had one RBI.
The Smokies have won five of their last six.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans decoded the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 10-2.
Brad Markey improved his record to 4-0 after giving up just one run on five hits over six innings. Markey struck out five and walked only two.
Second baseman Daniel Lockhart was a perfect 4 for 4 with a double and four RBI. Lockhart scored three runs.
Right fielder Chesny Young was 3 for 4 with a walk. He scored one and had two RBI.
Third baseman Jason Vosler went 2 for 3 with two walks and an RBI. Catcher Cael Brockmeyer was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI.
The Pelicans have also won five of their last six.
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South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were sawed in two by the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners), 9-5.
Starter Zach Hedges pitched the first five innings and allowed three runs, but only one of the three runs was earned. Hedges surrendered eight hits and two walks while striking out six.
Michael Wagner took the loss after he gave up four runs in the top of the eighth inning. The final line on Hedges was two innings pitched and allowing four runs on five hits. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.
Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 3 for 5 with two doubles and a stolen base. He scored twice.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 3 for 5. He scored one run and drove one run in.
Left fielder Kevin Encarnacion was 2 for 4 with a steal.
The Eugene Emeralds clipped the wings of the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 6-3.
Ryan Kellogg started this game and allowed three runs on seven hits in only three innings. One of the runs was unearned. Kellogg did strike out three and walked no one.
Adbert Alzolay took the win after throwing five scoreless innings in relief of Kellogg. Alzolay gave up just three hits. He struck out two and walked no one.
Tyler Peitzmeier pitched the ninth inning and earned his first professional save. He gave up a leadoff bunt single, but nothing else. Peitzmeier struck out two.
Shortstop Andrew Ely was 2 for 4 with a triple. He scored once and had one RBI.
Right fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 2 for 4.