The minor league season ends three weeks from today. So if you haven't been out to see South Bend or whatever your local minor league team is so far this season, don't delay any longer.
The Iowa Cubs won their third straight game against the Fresno Grizzlies (Astros), 6-4.
Starter Jordan Pries had some control issues tonight. Preis pitched 5+ innings and gave up just two hits, one of which was a solo home run in the first inning. But he gave up his second single to start the sixth inning and then walked the next three batters before getting pulled for Gerardo Concepcion. The final line on Pries was four runs on two hits over 5+ innings. Pries struck out six but he walked seven.
Concepcion allowed two of those runners inherited from Preis to score and tie the game, but he got the win after he pitched the next two innings without allowing a run. Concepcion's line was two scoreless innings on one hit. He walked one and struck out one.
Spencer Patton pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 11th save. He did not have a strikeout.
Catcher Tim Federowicz hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to break the 4-4 tie. It was Federowicz's seventh home run. He was 2 for 5 with three RBI. Federowicz scored twice. He also stole third.
Earlier in the game, shortstop Kristopher Negron hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, also his seventh this season. Negron was 1 for 2 and drove in Fedorowicz on a squeeze bunt. Negron was also hit by a pitch.
Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 4 with a walk.
The Tennessee Smokies reeled in the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 9-4, salvaging one game of a six-game series.
Zach Hedges got his third win in four decisions since getting promoted to Double-A with five scoreless innings. Hedges gave up four hits and he walked one while striking out four.
Center fielder Lane Adams hit his first home run in the Cubs organization in the seventh inning with a man on. Counting his time in the Yankees organization, it was Adams' seventh home run this year. Adams was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and three driven in.
Second baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 5 with a two-run double in the second inning. Left fielder Kelly Dugan went 3 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice and had one run batted in.
Shortstop Carlos Penalver was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored twice and had one RBI.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans abbreviated the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 5-1.
Jake Stinnett won his ninth game after giving up just one run over seven innings. Stinnette surrendered five hits. He walked one and struck out six.
The Pelicans scored all five of their runs in the seventh inning, with three of the five runs scoring on two errors. Second baseman David Bote was 2 for 4 with two doubles. One of the doubles plated two runners.
Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 2 for 4 with a double. First baseman Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs ran the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) off the road, 3-2.
Casey Bloomquist got the win after allowing just one run on five hits over seven innings. Bloomquist struck out two and walked no one.
Pedro Araujo threw the final two innings for the save. Araujo allowed a run on three hits. He also struck out no one and walked no one.
The SB Cubs didn't have a hit until left fielder Robert Caro led off the sixth inning with an infield single. But South Bend scored all three runs in the seventh inning. Right fielder Eddy Martinez doubled and second baseman Vimael Machin singled him home to tie the game 1-1. Later in the inning, center fielder Connor Myers singled home two with two out in the inning to give South Bend the lead.
Caro was 2 for 3 with a walk and scored on the Myers single.
The Eugene Emerald stopped the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 6-3. It was the 11th straight win for the Ems.
Erling Moreno got the win. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Both runs were unearned. Moreno walked one and struck out one.
Michael Knighton tossed the final two innings for his fifth save. Knighton allowed one run on three hits. He didn't walk anyone and he struck out one.
It was a huge game for the rehabbing Stephen Bruno, who went 4 for 5 with three RBI. He scored once.
Center fielder D.J. Wilson was 2 for 3 with two doubles and a hit-by-pitch. Wilson also stole a base and he scored three times.
Shortstop Yeiler Peguero went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Peguero had one RBI and he scored once.