The Iowa Cubs beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6-5 in eight innings in game one of a scheduled doubleheader. Game 2 was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.
Rob Zastryzny got his seventh win of the season and fourth with the I-Cubs. He allowed five runs on six hits over seven innings, but only three of the five runs were earned. Zastryzny walked three and struck out three.
C.J. Riefenhauser came off the disabled list and pitched the bottom of the eighth for his first save of the season. Riefenhauser allowed a double to lead off the inning, but stranded him at second. He struck out one.
First baseman Dan Vogelbach led off the second inning with his 14th home run of the season, an organizational high. Vogelbach was 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Second baseman Vimael Machin led off the top of the eighth inning with a single and later scored what would prove to be the winning run on a double by Juan Perez. Machin went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored twice and had one RBI. Perez went 1 for 4 with a walk.
Left fielder Mark Zagunis went 2 for 5 and scored once.
The Tennessee Smokies hooked the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 3-0.
Starter Paul Blackburn got the win after allowing just two hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked three.
Juan Paniagua pitched the ninth and got his fourth save. Paniagua walked the first batter he faced, but a fly out and a double play would end the game.
Second baseman Ian Happ continues to find the Southern League more hospitable than the Carolina League. Today Happ was 3 for 4 with an RBI double in the third inning, which broke a scoreless tie. Happ is now 8 for 12 in four games in Double-A.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann went 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He scored the first run of the game on the Happ double.
Right fielder Billy McKinney was 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans skinned the Carolina Mudcats (Braves), 2-1.
Jake Stinnett pitched eight innings and allowed just one run on four hits as he improved his record to 6-3. Stinnett struck out five and walked one.
Ryan McNeil pitched the ninth inning and got the save. He allowed two hits, but a double play limited the damage. McNeil struck out one.
Catcher Ian Rice broke up a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth with his first High-A home run and his tenth of the season overall. Rice was 2 for 4.
The Pelicans other run came on a home run in the third inning by left fielder Charcer Burks. It was Burks sixth home run. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.
South Bend Cubs
South Bend starts out the second-half with a four-game sweep as they stabbed the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 11-1.
Starter Kyle Miller cruised to a comfortable win, Miller allowed just one run on three hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked only one.
First baseman Tyler Alamo hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, the third of his season. Alamo went 1 for 4 with three total RBI. He was also hit by a pitch.
Catcher P.J. Higgins went 3 for 4 with a double and two walks. Higgins scored three times and had three RBI.
Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Sepulveda also had one RBI.
Center fielder Donnie Dewees was 2 for 6 with a double and an RBI. Left fielder Eloy Jimenez went 2 for 2 with a steal and two runs batted in. Right fielder Eddy Martinez was 2 for 5 with a double and he scored once.
The Eugene Emeralds tossed the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 4-1.
Manuel Rondon pitched the first five innings and allowed just one run on five hits, but actually it was a solo home run in the second inning that did all the damage. Rondon walked three and struck out four.
Mark Malave faced four batters and got five outs for his first save of the season. He did not strike anyone out.
Right fielder Kevonte Mitchell gave the Ems a 3-1 lead with a two-run home run in the third inning, his first professional home run. Mitchell was 1 for 4.