I can't believe it's June already. Eugene will be starting up soon. Still time to vote for the BCB Minor League Player of the Month.
Drew Rucinski started tonight and got the win after he allowed just two runs on seven hits over seven innings. Rucinski struck out seven and walked only one.
Carl Edwards Jr. came to pitch the ninth and it was ugly, but in the end, he managed to nail down his first save of the season. Edwards allowed two runs on a hit and three walks. There were runners on second and third with two outs and only a one-run lead, but Edwards got the strikeout to end the game. It was his second strikeout in the inning he threw.
First baseman Dan Vogelbach went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. He scored twice. Catcher Willson Contreras was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI.
The Tennessee Smokies lost to the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 4-3 in a game that ended after five innings because of rain.
It was a short, five-inning complete game for Duane Underwood Jr, who allowed the four runs on seven hits. Underwood did strike out seven and walked only two.
Left fielder Mark Zagunis went 3 for 3 with a two-run home run in the third inning. It was Zagunis' fourth home run this season. He drove in all three Smokies runs tonight.
Second baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans washed the Salem Red Sox, 6-3.
Erick Leal had a strong start today, giving up just one unearned run over five innings. (It was his throwing error on a pickoff throw . . .grumble, grumble, grumble) Leal surrendered three hits. He walked one and struck out one.
Daury Torrez came into the game after Daniel Lewis allowed two runs after two were out. Torrez got a fly ball to right to end the game and get his first save.
Center fielder Rashad Crawford was the big hero today, going 4 for 5 with a triple and two RBI. He also scored two runs.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs fell to the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 6-2.
The wheels fell off for starter Adbert Alzolay in the bottom of the fifth inning, when he allowed the first six batters to reach without recording an out before being relieved by Pedro Araujo. The final line on Alzolay was 4+ innings, allowing five runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out three.
Center fielder Donnie Dewees tripled and scored in the first inning. Dewees was 2 for 4.
Catcher P.J. Higgins was 2 for 4.