We welcome eight new members of the Cubs family tonight and we'll welcome 30 more tomorrow, although not all of them will sign, of course.
The Iowa Cubs were run over by the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 11-4.
Jake Buchanan got battered around in this game to the tune of seven runs on 12 hits, including two home runs, over just four innings. Buchanan did strike out five and did not walk anyone.
Corey Black threw one perfect inning in his Triple-A debut, striking out one.
Catcher Willson Contreras kept proving his worth by going 3 for 4 with an RBI double in the eighth inning. He later scored that inning.
The Tennessee Smokies were uncovered Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 6-2.
Brad Markey started for the Smokies tonight and while he pitched well, he was still stuck with the loss. Markey went six innings and allowed just two runs, one earned, on only three hits. One of the three hits was a solo home run in the fourth inning. Markey did walk three batters while only striking out one.
Right fielder Billy McKinney was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning.
Catcher Ben Carhart went 2 for 4 and he scored a run.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans coughed up a hairball against the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 7-1.
Pelicans starter Jonathan Martinez was knocked around, giving up a two-run home run in the first and three more runs the second. Martinez pitched four innings and allowed six runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out three.
Right fielder Jeffrey Baez drove in the Pelicans only run with an RBI single in the sixth inning. He was 2 for 4.
Center fielder Rashad Crawford was 2 for 5 with a double. Catcher Erick Castillo was 2 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs ran the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) off the road, 6-4.
Preston Morrison got the win after giving up three runs over 5.1 innings. He allowed five hits and three walks while striking out three.
James Norwood allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth, but still got his fifth save. Norwood allowed a run on two hits in one inning. He struck out two and did not walk anyone.
Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored three times.
Right fielder Eddy Martinez went 3 for 4 and scored once. First baseman Tyler Alamo was 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI.
DH P.J. Higgins went 2 for 5.
South Bend re-took a one-game lead in the East Division.