Michael Wagner got promoted to Iowa again to make tonight's start and he got knocked around for three runs in the top of the first inning. After that, however, he gave up nothing over his 4.2 innings of work. Wagner allowed three runs on five hits and one of those three runs was unearned. (Although it was Wagner's own error.) Wagner walked two and struck out two.
Armando Rivero pitched the final two innings without allowing a run or a hit to claim the win. Rivero walked two and struck out four.
Pinch-hitter Juan Perez hit a walkoff infield single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th to plate Matt Murton and give Iowa the win.
Center fielder John Andreoli hit a solo home run in the third inning, his sixth of the season. Andreoli went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored twice.
Logan Watkins was 3 for 5 with a double and a triple. Watkins scored once.
David Bote was 2 for 4 with a walk and one RBI.
The Tennessee Smokies were spotted by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 3-2.
It was a good start tonight for Tyler Skulina, who allowed just one run on five hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out three.
David Garner allowed two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning after giving up a walk and back-to-back doubles and took the loss. Garner's final line was two runs on two hits over two innings. He walked one and did not have a strikeout.
Right fielder Mark Zagunis gave the Smokies a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning with a solo home run, his third this year. Zagunis was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Rained out. They'll try to play a doubleheader tomorrow.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs nailed the Lansing Lugnuts (Dodgers), 17-3.
Preston Morrison allowed a home run to the first batter of the game and another solo home run in the fifth inning. Other than that, he was strong as he won his fourth game of the season. Morrison allowed three runs on just three hits over five innings. Morrison struck out six and walked three.
Catcher Ian Rice hit two home runs tonight and now has three on the season. The first one was a two-run home run in the fourth inning and the second was a three-run blast in the fifth. Rice was 3 for 4 with a walk and the five RBI. He scored three times.
(By the way, Rice went to that great University in the city of Houston named . . .the University of Houston. How did he not go to Rice? And if he didn't, how did he end up at Rice's intracity baseball rival?)
Shortstop Andrew Ely went 3 for 5 with a walk and a double. He scored three times and drove one in. Right fielder Daniel Spingola was also 3 for 5 with a double and a walk. Spingola scored two runs and drove in two.
Second baseman Sutton Whiting went 3 for 5 with one run scored and one RBI.
Left fielder Eloy Jimenez extended his hitting streak to 15 games after going 2 for 5 with a walk. He scored once and had two RBI. Center fielder Donnie Dewees went 2 for 5 with a walk. Dewees scored two runs and drove one in.