The Iowa Cubs were cornered by the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6-5.
Adam Warren made the start tonight as the Cubs try to stretch him out. Warren allowed two runs on three hits over 3.2 innings. He did have some control issues as he walked four and had a wild pitch. Warren struck out three.
Felix Pena took the loss in relief of Warren. Pena pitched two innings and gave up three runs on three hits, including a two-run home run. Pena did strike out four and he walked no one.
The I-Cubs hit three home runs tonight, but they were all solo blasts. Right fielder Mark Zagunis hit his fifth home run and first ever Triple-A home run in the third inning. Zagunis was 2 for 5.
Third baseman Jeimer Candelario hit his sixth home run and second for Iowa in the fourth. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Finally, first baseman Dan Vogelbach clubbed his 13th blast of the season in the seventh inning. Vogelbach went 2 for 4.
Center fielder John Andreoli was 2 for 4 with a triple and a walk. He scored both Iowa runs that didn't come by the home run.
Juan Perez singled to lead off the top of the ninth. He stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Then with the tying run on third and nobody out, Andreoli, Munenori Kawasaki and Zagunis all struck out to end the game.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 6-4.
Duane Underwood Jr. has yet to win a game this season, and tonight he took the loss again by allowing four runs on five hits over four innings. Underwood struck out three and walked two.
Joe Nathan pitched the seventh inning and allowed a run on a solo home run in his rehab appearance.
Second baseman Ian Happ hit his first Smokies home run and his eighth on the season. Happ was 3 for 4 and also doubled. He scored three runs.
Catcher Victor Caratini went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI single that scored Happ in the bottom of the first.
First baseman Gioskar Amaya was 1 for 3 with a walk in his Double-A debut. Now you know all six Smokies hits tonight.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were buried by the Carolina Mudcats (Braves), 8-1.
It was a rough start for Jeremy Null, who took the loss after he allowed seven runs on eight hits over only three innings. Null struck out two and walked one.
DH Ian Rice went 3 for 4 with a double and he scored the lone Pelicans run in the bottom of the ninth. Second baseman David Bote went 3 for 3 with a double and a walk.
South Bend Cubs
Terrific start tonight for Casey Bloomquist, who allowed just three singles and a walk over seven innings. Bloomquist struck out seven.
DH Eloy Jimenez came to bat with two on and the Cubs with a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning. He connected for his tenth home run of the season to put the game out of reach at 5-0. Jimenez was 1 for 4.
Left fielder Donnie Dewees broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with an RBI double. He was 1 for 3.
Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was 2 for 4 and scored once.
The Eugene Emeralds stopped the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 5-4.
Jose Paulino pitched the first five innings and pitched well. He allowed just one unearned run on only two hits. He struck out five and walked no one.
Alex Santana picked up the win in relief. Santana pitched 2.1 innings and even stranded two runners when he came on in the sixth. Santana allowed one hit. He walked two and struck out three.
Jared Cheek pitched the ninth and got his first save of the season. He allowed a one-out double, but nothing else. Cheek struck out two.
Shortstop Andruw Monasterio went 3 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and drove one in. DH Jose Paniagua was 2 for 4 with an RBI.