It sounds like Rob Zastryzny and Felix Peña are heading to Denver to join the major league club, although that hasn't been confirmed yet. Zastryzny was scratched from his start tonight in Sacramento.
THAT'S 14 STRAIGHT! THE EMS HAVE TIED THE NORTHWEST LEAGUE RECORD FOR WINS IN A ROW! #GoEms pic.twitter.com/evYtl5VjU6— Eugene Emeralds (@EugeneEmeralds) August 19, 2016
The Iowa Cubs won their sixth straight game, 4-3 over the Sacramento River Cats (Giants).
Josh Collmenter had to make the emergency start when Zastryzny was scratched. He gave up one run on just one hit, but he walked four over two innings. Collmenter did not strike anyone out.
Pierce Johnson was awarded the win because Collmenter did not go five innings. Johnson pitched 2.2 scoreless innings and he allowed one hit. He did walk three and he struck out five.
Jose Rosario pitched the ninth inning and picked up the save. One runner reached by catcher's interference, but no one else. Rosario struck out one.
In the top of the first inning, shortstop Munenori Kawasaki hit his first ever minor league home run with a man on. (Kawasaki did hit a major league home run in 2013) He was 1 for 3.
Here's Mune's HR:
Two batters later, third baseman Jeimer Candelario hit a solo home run. It was his 12th home run this year and eighth with the I-Cubs. Candelario went 2 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies were dried out by the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 11-7.
Jen-Ho Tseng got battered around for six runs, five earned, over just five innings. Tseng gave up ten hits. He struck out three and walked none.
The Smokies made this game somewhat close in the end by scoring four runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. Kelly Dugan hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the eighth inning. It was his eighth home run this season.
Left fielder Chesny Young was 4 for 5 with an RBI double in the ninth and two runs scored. Catcher Victor Caratini was 3 for 5 with two RBI.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Rained out. The game will not be made up.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs left the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) breathing fumes, 6-4.
Duane Underwood Jr. made his first start for South Bend as he returns from injury. Underwood pitched two innings and faced the minimum, thanks to a double play after a walk. He struck out two.
Adbert Alzolay took over for Underwood in the third and got the win. Alzolay pitched five innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Dillon Maples tossed the final two innings for his seventh save. The only baserunner he allowed was when he hit a batter to the ninth, but Maples then induced a double play to face the minimum. Maples did not have a strikeout.
First baseman Matt Rose broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the eighth with a solo home run, his tenth of the season for South Bend and 14th overall. Rose went 2 for 4 and scored twice.
Third baseman Vimael Machin hit an RBI double in the ninth inning for an insurance run. Machin went 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored.
Catcher Alberto Mineo was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. Shortstop Andruw Monasterio went 2 for 4 with two RBI.
The Eugene Emeralds grounded the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 1-0.
Starter Manuel Rondon pitched six innings, allowing just five hits. Rondon walked one and did not have a strikeout.
Jed Carter pitched the top of the seventh inning and got his first professional win. Carter faced four batters. He walked one of them and struck out the other three.
Wyatt Short was called on to pitch the ninth inning and gave up a leadoff single to Garrett Hampson, who promptly stole second base. Short then retired the next two batters on a foul out and a strikeout before issuing a two-out walk. After a double-steal that put the tying and go-ahead runners on second and third with two outs, Short got a grounder to second to end the game.
The Ems scored their only run in the bottom of the seventh when DH Trent Giambrone doubled to lead off the inning and center fielder D.J. Wilson doubled him home with two outs. Giambrone was 3 for 3 with two doubles and Wilson was 2 for 3 with two doubles.