The Cubs named their "official" Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month and they were Eloy Jimenez and Trevor Clifton. Your votes were for Willson Contreras and Clifton.
The Dominican Summer League started today. If you've been around in years past, you know I don't cover the DSL. But for those of you who do want to follow it, I thought I'd tell you it's underway.
A five-game sweep! It's all because I spent the evening out with my family. I've been a curse this whole minor league season.
The Iowa Cubs won their eighth straight game, 4-0 over the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals). With the win, the I-Cubs go over .500 at 27-26 and into a first-place tie in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division.
Starter Jake Buchanan retired the first 11 batters he faced before a two-out single in the fourth inning. Buchanan won his fifth game of the year after he pitched seven innings and allowed just four hits. Buchanan struck out seven and walked nobody.
The I-Cubs got their first run in the second inning when center fielder Albert Almora singled, stole second and scored on a John Andreoli single. Almora was 2 for 4 with two total steals and Andreoli was 1 for 4.
Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara stole four bases tonight, giving him 19 on the season. He was 2 for 4 and scored twice.
The Tennessee Smokies outfoxed the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 2-1.
Brad Markey pitched the first six innings and allowed just one run on seven hits. He did walk three batters and he only struck out one.
Josh Conway pitched the top of the seventh inning and got his first win of the season. Conway did not give up a hit, but he did walk one while striking out two.
Corey Black walked the first two batters he faced in the ninth inning and then hit a batter to load the bases with two outs. But Black then got a strikeout to end the game and pick up his seventh save. Black struck out two batters total in his one inning of work.
The Pelicans got all their runs on a two-run home run by first baseman Cael Brockmeyer in the bottom of the seventh inning. It was Brockmeyer's second home run this year. He was 1 for 3.
Catcher Victor Caratini was 2 for 3 and was on base when Brockmeyer homered.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans voted the Potomac Nationals out of office, 6-2.
Zach Hedges started and got the win. Hedges did give up ten hits, but he limited the damage to two runs. Hedges struck out two and walked no one.
James Farris entered the game with the bases-loaded and out in the top of the eighth. He then recorded a five-out save without allowing anyone to reach and he stranded all three batters. Farris struck out two in his 1.2 inning save.
Third baseman Jason Vosler made the score 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning with his second home run of the season. Vosler also doubled in a 2 for 4 outing.
In the third inning, first baseman Yasiel Balaguert connected for a two-run home run, his eighth this season. Balaguert also went 2 for 4.
Left fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 4 and scored twice. Center fielder Rashad Crawford went 3 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and had one RBI.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs swept a doubleheader from the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 10-3 and 2-1. The two wins put South Bend back into a first-place tie with West Michigan in the Midwest League East Division.
Carson Sands started game one and he pitched three innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Sands walked four and struck out three.
Because Sands didn't go five innings, the win went to Pedro Araujo. Araujo earned it though by throwing three scoreless innings and allowing just two hits. He struck out one and walked no one.
DH Ian Rice continued his hot June by hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was his fourth of the season. Rice was 1 for 3.
In the second inning, first baseman Matt Rose clubbed his fifth home run of the year with the bases empty. Rose was also 1 for 3.
Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk in game one. Sepulveda scored three times and had one RBI.
Center fielder Donnie Dewees went 3 for 4 with his tenth triple of the season already. Dewees scored once and had three RBI.
Catcher P.J. Higgins was 2 for 4 with a run scored and one RBI. Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 3 and scored once.
In game two, Casey Bloomquist made his first start of the season and did quite well. He got the win after allowing just one run on five hits over five innings. He did not issue a walk and neither did he strike anyone out. So he relied on his defense a lot.
Craig Brooks didn't allow a run over the final two innings for his third save. He gave up one hit and did not walk anyone. Brooks struck out two.
Rice hit his second home run of the day in the bottom of the first inning of game two, his fifth this year. Rice was 1 for 3.