Congratulations to Myrtle Beach's Trevor Clifton, who was your choice to be the BCB Minor League Pitcher of the Month! There was a hearty campaign between the supporters of Clifton and Iowa's Ryan Williams. I'm glad to see that both sides are so supportive of their pitcher. Feel free to stop by and say "Hi" and tell us about Trevor and Ryan. We'd love to have you stick around.
On to today's action.
The Iowa Cubs were more than OK against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7-5. The win was Iowa's seventh straight and got the I-Cubs back to .500.
Rob Zastryzny started tonight and he went 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. Zastryzny struck out five and walked two.
Dallas Beeler joined Iowa on a rehab assignment tonight and got the win. Beeler pitched two innings and allowed one run on one hit, a triple to lead off the eighth inning. Beeler did not have a walk or a strikeout.
Jean Machi pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth and got his first save of the season. Machi gave up one hit and he walked one. He also struck out one.
Cather Willson Contreras hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to give Iowa a 3-0 lead. It was his ninth home run this year. Contreras was 1 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.
Center fielder Juan Perez took back the lead for the I-Cubs with a two-run double in the eighth. He then stole third base and scored on a wild pitch. He was 1 for 5.
First baseman Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 4 with a double. Right fielder Albert Almora was 2 for 3. Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara went 2 for 4 with a double. Alcantara scored once and had one RBI.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 2-1.
Tyler Skulina started today and only lasted four innings. He only allowed two hits in those four innings, but one hit was a solo home run and he also walked six batters. Skulina gave up two total runs and he struck out three.
The Smokies got their only run in the fourth inning when Jacob Hannemann led off the inning with a double and then scored on an error. He was 1 for 4.
Catcher Cael Brockmeyer was 2 for 3 with a double.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost to the Salem Red Sox, 11-10.
Starter Jonathan Martinez got knocked around for seven runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings. Martinez walked three and struck out two.
Daury Torrez took the loss in relief. Torrez gave up four runs in two innings of work, as well as allowing two runners inherited from Martinez to score. Torrez gave up eight hits. He walked one and struck out nobody.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres had three doubles tonight in 4 ABs. He also walked once. Torres scored three times and he had one RBI.
Third baseman Jason Vosler also had a big game. He went 3 for 5 with two doubles. Vosler scored twice and had three RBI.
Catcher Gioskar Amaya came a home run short of the cycle by going 3 for 5 with a double and a triple. Amaya scored two runs and drove in three.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs washed out against the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 2-1. It was South Bend's fifth straight loss.
Preston Morrison was the hard-luck loser tonight. Morrison pitched six innings and gave up just one unearned run on four hits. Morrison struck out four and didn't walk anyone.
Donnie Dewees doubled to lead off the seventh inning and scored on a single by Ian Rice for South Bend's only run. Dewees was 1 for 4 and Rice was 1 for 3 with a walk.