Congratulations to the South Bend Cubs!
The Iowa Cubs lost to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 4-3.
Starter Pierce Johnson took the loss after allowing four runs on three hits over 3.1 innings. Johnson exited in the fourth inning with (another) apparent injury. Johnson walked three and struck out one.
Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki was 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI double in the eighth inning.
The Tennessee Smokies were shut out by the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 4-0.
Jen-Ho Tseng pitched well, but was the victim of non-support as he took his third loss. Tseng pitched six innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits. He walked one and struck out three.
The Smokies managed three hits, all singles, in this game.
With the loss, the Smokies finish the first half of the season at 28-42 and in last place in the North Division of the Southern League.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were filibustered by the Potomac Nationals, 4-3 in 11 innings.
Starter Jeremy Null allowed three runs on nine hits over five innings. Two of the hits he allowed were solo home runs. Null did strike out seven and he walked no one.
Michael Wagner was terrific in relief of Null. He pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just one single. He struck out six and walked no one.
Tommy Thorpe gave up a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th. Thorpe allowed one run on two hits over 1.1 innings. He walked one and struck out one.
DH Ian Happ hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, his seventh of the season. Happ was 3 for 4 and he also doubled and drew a walk.
Third baseman Jason Vosler was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Second baseman Andrew Ely was 2 for 5.
The Pelicans finish the first half at 36-34 and in second place in the Southern Division of the Carolina League. They were 7.5 games back of Salem though.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs sunk the Lake County Captains (Indians), 3-1. With the win, the South Bend Cubs won the first-half East division title and qualified for the playoffs with a 41-28 record.
Kyle Miller got the win for South Bend. He allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Pedro Araujo did not allow a baserunner over the final two innings for his second save. He struck out four of the six batters he faced.
With South Bend trailing 1-0 and one out in the bottom of the sixth, second baseman Carlos Sepulveda doubled home third baseman Josh Silver from first. Sepulveda made it to third on an error on the play. With the go-ahead runner on third and one out, DH P.J. Higgins struck out. But after catcher Ian Rice walked, left fielder Eloy Jimenez doubled them both home to give the Cubs the lead and the runs that would deliver the division title.
Jimenez was 2 for 3 with two doubles.
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The Eugene Emeralds were prey for the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 6-4 in 13 innings, losing for the first time this season.
Starter Jose Paulino kept the Hawks off the board for five innings, keeping them to five hits. He struck out five and walked no one.
Scott Frazier had some issues, getting knocked around for four runs on two hits and two walks in the sixth inning. Frazier only retired two batters, one by strikeout.
Enrique De Los Rio took the loss after a passed ball and an error led to two unearned runs in the 13th. De Los Rio gave up two unearned runs on one hit over 2.1 innings. De Los Rio struck out four and walked two.
The Ems pitchers balked three times in this game. Might be something to work on.
Third baseman Wladimir Galindo hit solo home runs the first two times up to bat tonight. Galindo finished the night 2 for 5.
Second baseman Yeiler Peguero provided the other two Ems runs with a two-run home run in the second inning. Peguero also went 2 for 5.
Center fielder D.J. Wilson was 2 for 6. Shortstop Andruw Monasterio was 2 for 6 with a stolen base.