'Twas the night before the draft, and all through Wrigley Field, not a creature was stirring because the Cubs don't pick until the third round.
There were several moves around the Cubs system today, in part a reaction to Albert Almora Jr. getting promoted to the majors. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario and outfielder Mark Zagunis were promoted to Triple-A Iowa from Double-A Tennessee. Infielder Daniel Lockhart and outfielder Trey Martin went to Tennessee from High-A Myrtle Beach. Infielder David Bote went from Iowa down to Myrtle Beach and infielder Andrew Ely went to Myrtle Beach from Low-A South Bend. South Bend infielder Sutton Whiting was activated off the disabled list.
Some more All-Star Game announcements. Seven Smokies have been named to the Southern League All-Star Game: Juan Paniagua, Paul Blackburn, Victor Caratini, Brad Markey, Chesny Young, Jeimer Candelario and Mark Zagunis. Candelario and Zagunis will not participate unless they get sent back down to Double-A before the June 21st game.
Three Pelicans pitchers were named to the Carolina League/California League All-Star Game: Jake Stinnett, Trevor Clifton and Zach Hedges.
Now for tonight's games.
The Tennessee Smokies burned the Mississippi Braves, 4-1.
A strong start for Tyler Skulina, who won his third game of the year. Skulina pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on five hits. He struck out three and walked no one.
Corey Black pitched a perfect ninth and got his eighth save. He struck out one.
Catcher Cael Brockmeyer hit a two-run double in the third inning. He was 1 for 4.
Second baseman Stephen Bruno was 2 for 5. First baseman Victor Caratini went 2 for 4. Both of them scored on Brockmeyer's double.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Heading to Lynchburg
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs lost to the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 6-4.
Starter Adbert Alzolay was done in by a five-run fifth inning. Alzolay allowed six runs on 11 hits over 5.1 innings. Alzolay walked two and struck out three.
Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was 2 for 4. He scored once and had one RBI.