There is a chance there will be no Minor League Wrap tomorrow. MLB doesn't want any baseball on opposite the All-Star Game and while they have no power to force a schedule on Minor League Baseball, MiLB tries to comply. The only game scheduled tomorrow is the Smokies game, and they have about a 40% chance of thunderstorms tomorrow. So we'll see.
All-Star Break. Dan Vogelbach and Armando Rivero will play in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Charlotte on Wednesday.
The Tennessee Smokies edged the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 7-6.
Starter Jen-Ho Tseng gave up four runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Juan Paniagua took over for Tseng in the sixth inning with a 6-4 lead and gave up a two-run home run. Paniagua got the win when the Smokies retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Paniagua pitched two innings and allowed two runs on one hit. He struck out two and walked three.
Joe Nathan pitched a perfect eighth inning before David Garner pitched the ninth and got the save. Garner walked a batter with one out. Then he gave up a double to right field, but the runner from first was thrown out at the plate, Billy McKinney to Gioskar Amaya to Victor Caratini. Garner then got a ground out to end the game. He struck out one.
Catcher Victor Caratini hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, his third of the season. Caratini was 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. He scored twice.
Shortstop Daniel Lockhart was 2 for 4 and scored twice. Right fielder Billy McKinney was 2 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans pulverized the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 5-1.
Jonathan Martinez allowed a two-out home run in the bottom of the first inning, but that was the only run Wilmington would get all game. Martinez pitched five innings and got the win. He surrendered five hits. Martinez struck out eight and walked one.
Four Pelicans pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters in tonight's game.
Center fielder Rashad Crawford hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, his third of the season. Crawford finished the night 2 for 4 with a steal and two runs scored.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres went 2 for 5 with an RBI double in the sixth inning.
With the win, the Pelicans took a half-game lead in their division at 10-9 in the second half.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs got run over by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 10-3.
Starter Ryan Kellogg got the loss after he gave up two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Greyfer Eregua got hammered for six runs in two-thirds of an inning of relief in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach.
South Bend didn't have a hit in this game until the fifth inning. First baseman Josh Silver went 3 for 4 and scored two runs. Second baseman Bryant Flete was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He drove in one run.
The Eugene Emeralds were left behind by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 7-4.
Dylan Cease started tonight and went 4.2 innings. He gave up two runs on seven hits. Cease struck out seven and walked two.
Jordan Brink took the loss in relief. Brink took over for Cease in the fifth and gave up an inherited runner and two runs of his own. His final line was two runs on two hits over 1.1 innings. Brink had one strikeout and issued one walk.
Despite scoring four runs, Eugene managed just four hits. Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 1 for 4 with a double and a stolen base. Mitchell scored twice.