Congratulations to Iowa Cubs Willson Contreras, who was your choice for the BCB Minor League Player of the Month! It was a two-horse race between Contreras and South Bend's Eloy Jimenez, but Contreras came out on top. I think we all hope that Contreras won't be eligible for this award much longer.
You still have time to vote for the Minor League Pitcher of the Month.
Rained out in Oklahoma City. No makeup date has been set yet.
The Tennessee Smokies surrendered to the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 8-4.
Paul Blackburn started and took the loss for the Smokies tonight. Blackburn allowed four runs on six hits over 4.2 innings. He walked three and struck out seven.
Left fielder Mark Zagunis stayed hot, going 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once and had two RBI.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored one run.
Catcher Victor Caratini went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI double in the bottom of the first. Second baseman Stephen Bruno was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Game one starter Jeremy Null allowed three runs in the second inning to take the loss, although all three runs were unearned thanks to a Gleyber Torres error. Null allowed five hits over his five innings of work. He struck out three and walked no one.
Left fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored the lone Pelicans run and also stole a base.
In game two, Jake Stinnett got pounded for nine runs on 12 hits over 5.1 innings. One of the runs was unearned, so there's that. Stinnett walked one and struck out four.
The Pelicans had only three hits in game two. Center fielder Rashad Crawford went 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were hit on the head by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 4-3.
Ryan Kellogg's strong start went to waste. Kellogg pitched 6.2 innings and allowed one run on five hits. He struck out seven and walked just one.
James Norwood allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning after two were out to blow the save and the game. The final run was scored on a throwing error by third baseman Jesse Hodges. The final line on Norwood was three runs, two earned, on three hits. He struck out two and walked no one.
All three runs in this game were driven in by right fielder Eddy Martinez. The first came on a solo home run in the second inning, his sixth of the year. The other one was a two-run double in the sixth inning. He was 2 for 4.
DH Ian Rice was 2 for 2 with a double and two walks. He scored on the Martinez double. Shortstop Bryant Flete was 2 for 4.