In case you haven't heard, a couple of catchers moved up today. Gioskar Amaya was promoted from Myrtle Beach to Tennessee and Ian Rice went from South Bend to replace Amaya with the Pelicans.
The Iowa Cubs quieted the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 7-4.
Drew Rucinski pitched well enough to get the win, at least. Rucinski allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits over just five innings. Rucinski walked two and struck out three.
The hero of the staff tonight was Armando Rivero, who pitched three scoreless innings of relief and gave up just one hit. Rivero struck out four and walked one.
Joel Peralta pitched a perfect ninth inning for his second save. He struck out one.
Huge night for second baseman Logan Watkins, who went 4 for 4 and scored two runs. He also stole a base.
Center fielder Juan Perez had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 game. He scored twice and had one RBI with a sac fly.
Left fielder Matt Murton was 3 for 4 with a double. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 5 with two doubles and one RBI.
Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki went 2 for 5 with two steals. He scored one run and drove two more in with a two-run single in the fourth.
The Tennessee Smokies reeled in the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 4-1. The win snaps a six-game losing streak for the Smokies.
Jen-Ho Tseng started and got the win. He allowed just one run on six hits over six innings. Tseng did walk three while striking out four.
Jose Rosario pitched the ninth inning and picked up his second save. Rosario allowed a two-out single, but no other baserunners. Rosario struck out two.
Left fielder Kelly Dugan hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, his sixth blast of the season. Dugan was 1 for 3. He also tripped and fell down in the outfield going after a fly ball and managed to still catch the ball from his knees.
Second baseman Ian Happ was 2 for 4 and scored once. He also turned a neat 5-4-5 double play in the eighth inning.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann went 2 for 4. He tripled and scored in the seventh inning.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans cleaned up the Carolina Mudcats (Braves), 4-3.
Erick Leal tossed the first six innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He struck out six and walked only one.
Tommy Thorpe picked up the win in relief. Thorpe pitched 1.1 innings and allowed just one single. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.
Ryan McNeil entered the game in the ninth after Thorpe retired the first batter of the inning. He struck out the next two to end the game and record his seventh save.
Left fielder Charcer Burks doubled home David Bote in the bottom of the eighth with what would prove to be the winning run. Burks was 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
Third baseman Jason Vosler went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Vosler had one RBI.
First baseman Yasiel Balaguert went 2 for 3 with a walk.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs banished the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 4-0.
Preston Morrison dominated the Dragons for seven innings, all singles. He walked one and struck out six.
Scott Effross and Craig Brooks both pitched perfect innings to close out the game in non-save situations.
Catcher P.J. Higgins went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
The Eugene Emeralds shut out the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 6-0.
Bryan Hudson dominated over his five innings of work, giving up just one hit. Hudson walked two and struck out four.
Michael Knighton and Tommy Nance closed out the shutout with two innings each.
Shortstop Andruw Monasterio went 2 for 5 with one run scored and two RBI. Center fielder D.J. Wilson was 2 for 5 with one run scored and one steal.