This probably doesn't concern most of you, but the Pelicans are going to be getting two new opponents next season as two new Carolina League franchises in Kinston, NC and (probably) Fayetteville NC will take the field. The Bakersfield Blaze and High Desert Mavericks of the California League will cease operations. Kinston will be a Rangers affiliate. I assume that Fayetteville will be an Astros affiliate, although that's yet to be determined.
Eloy Jimenez played tonight. He was good. So those that worried about that can relax.
The Iowa Cubs plucked the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 7-2.
Stephen Fife started and tossed four scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits and one walk. Fife struck out four.
Armando Rivero got the win because Fife didn't go five innings. Rivero tossed two innings without allowing a hit or a run. He walked two and struck out five.
Catcher Tim Federowicz hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his eighth of the season. Federowicz was 2 for 4.
In the eighth inning, left fielder Bijan Rademacher hit his first Triple-A home run and tenth of the season. Rademacher was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored twice.
Second baseman Tommy La Stella was 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored in his first game in Iowa after his return to the club.
The Tennessee Smokies conquered the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 10-7.
Starter Tyler Skulina gave up five runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings. One of the runs was unearned. Skulina walked three and struck out five.
Nick Sarianides kept the Generals off the board for two innings of relief and got the win. Sarianides allowed one single. He struck out three and didn't walk anyone.
The Smokies scored five runs in the second inning, thanks in part to a two-run home run by second baseman Ian Happ. It was Happ's fifth home run with the Smokies and 12th overall. Happ was 1 for 5.
Catcher David Freitas hit his seventh home run and fourth with the Smokies in the eighth inning to tie up the game 6-6. Freitas went 1 for 4 and he scored twice.
Center fielder Lane Adams had a pair of doubles in a 3 for 5 night. One of those doubles scored two runs in the eighth inning to give the Smokies the lead for good. Adams scored once.
DH Chesny Young also had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 5 effort. Young scored once and drove in two. Young is batting .302 on the season, just two points behind league-leader Tyler O'Neil of the Generals, who was 1 for 3 in this game.
Right fielder Kelly Dugan was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI.
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South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs dissipated the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 8-2.
Duane Underwood Jr. pitched the first three innings without allowing a hit or a run. He walked one and struck out five.
Ryan Kellogg took over for Underwood and took the win after allowing two runs on two hits over the next three innings. Kellogg struck out one and didn't walk anyone.
Eloy Jimenez took the field after missing a week and showed no sign of rust. He went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.
Right fielder Eddy Martinez went 2 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored three runs and drove in one.
Catcher P.J. Higgins was 3 for 5 with an RBI tonight. DH Sam Tidaback went 2 for 4 with a two-run double in the sixth.
Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored. Shortstop Andruw Monasterio went 2 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored.
The Eugene Emeralds dessicated the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 1-0.
Tyson Miller pitched the first 4.1 innings and surrendered five hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Michael Knighton threw the next 2.2 innings, giving up just two hits. Knighton struck out one and walked no one.
Andin Diaz tossed the final two innings to complete the shutout and get the win. Diaz allowed one hit. He struck out two and walked no one.
Center fielder D.J. Wilson singled home first baseman Jose Paniagua from third base with one out in the bottom of the ninth to end the game. Wilson was 1 for 4 and Paniagua was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Left fielder Chris Pieters was 2 for 4.