The Iowa Cubs finally stopped the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 7-0. Round Rock was 5-0 against Iowa this season before tonight's game.
Michael Wagner got promoted all the way from South Bend to take Pierce Johnson's spot in the rotation and he acquitted himself well. Wagner pitched 3.2 scoreless innings and gave up three hits against the powerful Express lineup. Wagner walked two and struck out four.
Scott Barnes got the win because Wagner didn't go five. Barnes tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. He struck out four and walked no one.
Iowa exploded for five runs in the fourth inning and the big blow was a two-run triple by right fielder John Andreoli. Andreoli was 1 for 4 with a walk and also scored after the triple.
Catcher Willson Contreras went 3 for 5. He doubled and scored in the sixth inning.
Left fielder Ryan Kalish went 3 for 4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. DH Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. Vogelbach had two RBI.
First baseman Tim Federowicz was 2 for 4 with a walk. Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki was 2 for 5 and scored a run.
The Tennessee Smokies were put in the stocks by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 6-1.
Starter Jen-Ho Tseng pitched four innings and allowed two runs on two hits. He walked three and struck out four as he got his first loss of the year.
Only five hits for the Smokies tonight. DH Jacob Hannemann went 2 for 4 with a double and two steals.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored three times in each of the first two innings and hooked the Carolina Mudcats (Braves), 6-1.
Starter Erick Leal got the win after pitching five innings and allowing just one unearned run on four hits. More impressively, Leal struck out seven and walked no one. It was his second win of the young season.
Eight of the nine players in the Pelicans lineup had one hit tonight. The other one was third baseman Jason Vosler, who was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. However, Vosler did make three errors tonight.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs got boiled in the bag by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 14-1.
I suppose it's too early in the season to say "move along" about tonight's game. So starter Kyle Twomey got hammered for six runs, five earned, on seven hits in 4+ innings. Twomey walked four and struck out four.
South Bend had four hits tonight. Second baseman Sutton Whiting was 2 for 5 with a double.