The Iowa Cubs were chewed up by the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 6-3 in 12 innings.
Starter Alex Sanabia allowed solo home runs in the first and fourth innings, but those were the only two runs he gave up in 5.2 innings of work. Sanabia allowed four total hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Gerardo Concepcion pitched the top of the eighth inning and he surrendered his first run of the season, after throwing 24.1 innings between Iowa and Tennessee without allowing one. Concepcion allowed two hits and a walk. He struck out two.
After Carl Edwards Jr. tossed a scoreless ninth and tenth innings, Brandon Gomes came into the game and took the loss. Gomes pitched a perfect 11th inning, but he allowed three runs in the 12th. The final line on Gomes was 1.2 innings, allowing three runs on one hit and four walks, one of which was intentional. He struck out one.
The I-Cubs managed to load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 12th, but catcher Willson Contreras grounded out to end the game. Contreras was 1 for 6 with a double and a run scored today. He also stole a base.
First baseman Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 4 with a double and he was hit by a pitch. Vogelbach had one RBI and one run scored.
Center fielder Juan Perez was 2 for 4 with a walk.
The Tennessee Smokies hung on to beat the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 7-6.
Duane Underwood started tonight's game and only went four innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits. Underwood walked two and struck out three.
Because Underwood didn't go five innings, the win tonight went to Juan Paniagua, but in all honesty, Paniagua deserved it more. Paniagua threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits. He struck out one and walked no one.
Corey Black entered the bottom of the ninth with a three-run lead and barely hung on for his sixth save. Black allowed two runs on two walks and a single. The game ended with catcher Victor Caratini throwing out the tying run trying to steal second base. Black did not have a strikeout.
First baseman David Freitas was 3 for 4 with a triple and his second home run of the season, which came with a man on in the eighth inning and provided two crucial insurance runs.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann hit his fifth home run this year in the top of the third inning with a man on. Hannemann was 1 for 5.
Caratini had a big night at the plate as well, going 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.
Left fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 5 with two doubles. Right fielder Billy McKinney was 2 for 4.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were stuck in the mud against the Carolina Mudcats (Braves), 10-2.
Starter Jeremy Null took his first loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on ten hits over 5.2 innings. Null walked one and struck out one.
Daniel Lewis had a rough season debut, getting clobbered for five runs on four hits and a walk in the one inning he pitched.
Both of the Pelicans' runs came on a double by third baseman Jason Vosler in the fourth inning. Vosler was 2 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs six-game winning streak came to an end as they were tarred and feathered by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 9-4.
Starter Adbert Alzolay took his first loss of the season. He pitched five innings and allowed four runs on five hits, including two home runs to DH Ariel Sandoval. Alzolay struck out four and walked one batter.
Left fielder Eloy Jimenez was 1 for 3 with a two-run double in the seventh inning. Jimenez also walked once.
Shortstop Bryant Flete was 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI.