In the fallout from the Chapman deal, outfielder Donnie Dewees announced that he was being promoted to Myrtle Beach, although there has been no official confirmation from the team as yet. But the Pelicans took the field tonight with just ten position players, three of whom were catchers.
The Iowa Cubs plucked the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 6-2.
Jordan Pries made his Cubs debut and other than a pair of solo home runs, dominated over six innings. Pries allowed two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out four as he got his first Iowa Cubs win and third in the PCL this year.
Left fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch twice. He scored twice.
Second baseman Logan Watkins was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Shortstop Kris Negron was 2 for 4 and scored once.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The short-handed Myrtle Beach Pelicans cleaned up the Carolina Mudcats (Braves), 9-5.
Jeremy Null put the Birds in an early hole when he gave up five runs in the first three innings. He settled down after that (yeah, a little late but better late than never) and finished the night with five runs on ten hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Craig Brooks got the win with two innings of relief without allowing a run or a hit. He struck out four and walked one.
Daury Torrez pitched the final two innings for his second save. Torrez gave up just one hit. He struck out one and walked no one.
Catcher Erick Castillo hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, his first home run since 2013. Castillo went 2 for 3 an was hit by a pitch. He scored three times.
First baseman Yasiel Balaguert, who was named Carolina League Player of the Week, went 3 for 4 with a double and a sacrifice fly. He scored twice.
Shortstop Andrew Ely was 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored. Second baseman David Bote was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI. He scored once. Center fielder Jeffrey Baez was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
South Bend Cubs
In the first game, starter Adbert Alzolay got hammered for seven runs on on ten hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Tyler Peitzmeier took home the win, despite giving up a run in the top of the seventh and allowing a runner inherited from Alzolay to score. The final line on Peitzmeier was one run on three hits over 2.1 innings. Peitzmeier struck out four and walked no one.
The Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the game, highlighted by a walkoff RBI single by catcher Alberto Mineo. He was 1 for 4.
Right fielder Eddy Martinez had a solo home run in the fourth inning that tied the game 3-3 and a two-run single in the ninth that tied the game 8-8. Martinez was 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and four RBI. Martinez scored twice. The home run was his ninth this season.
Center fielder Donnie Dewees was 2 for 2 with a walk and two runs scored. Left fielder Eloy Jimenez was 2 for 2 with a double and was intentionally walked once. He had two RBI.
In game two, Justin Steele gave up two runs in the first inning, but the Chiefs didn't score again. The final line on Steele was two runs, one earned, on six hits over three innings. He struck out five and walked two.
John Williamson took the win because Steele didn't go five innings. Williamson gave up one hit over two innings. He struck out four and walked no one.
Dillon Maples tossed the final two innings and got the save. Maples allowed one hit. He did not walk or strike anyone out.
Jimenez hit a monster home run to lead off the second inning, his 11th of the season. Jimenez was 2 for 2 with a walk in game two. He scored twice and had two RBI.
Mineo played first base in game two and was 2 for 3 with a run scored and two RBI. Shortstop Andruw Monasterio went 2 for 4 with a double. He scored twice and had one RBI. Center fielder Roberto Caro was 2 for 3 with a double and a two-run single as part of a six-run bottom of the sixth. He scored once.
We've got highlights from game one and game two.
The Eugene Emeralds swept the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 7-6 in 12 innings.
Bryan Hudson started and allowed five runs on ten hits over 4.1 innings. One of those five runs was unearned. Hudson walked two and struck out one.
Jared Cheek pitched three scoreless innings without allowing a hit and got the win. Cheek walked one and hit one.
Scott Frazier pitched the bottom of the eleventh got the save, but not without extreme difficulty. Frazier gave up a leadoff single and then erased him with a double play. Then with two outs and the bases empty, Frazier loaded the bases with a single, a double and a walk. Frazier got the next batter to fly out on the first pitch to end the game.
Third baseman Vimael Machin put the Ems ahead in the top of the 12th with an RBI single. He was 2 for 5 with two RBI.
First baseman Chris Pieters was 2 for 5 with a walk and a run scored.
The Ems finish the first-half with an incredible 28-10 record. They won their division by nine games.