Congratulations to Myrtle Beach Pelicans pitcher Trevor Clifton, who was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Year! Clifton led the Carolina League with a 2.87 ERA, which is almost a full run better than the second-place finisher among qualifiers.
The Iowa Cubs were the calm after the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 4-0.
Jake Buchanan got the win with six scoreless innings. He gave up five hits, he walked two and struck out three.
Joe Smith was perfect in a one-inning rehab appearance. He struck out two.
Shortstop Kristopher Negron gave the I-Cubs the lead in the third inning with a two-run home run, his eighth of the season. Negron was 2 for 3 and he scored twice.
Chris Coghlan played seven innings of left field in a rehab appearance. He was 1 for 3 with an RBI at the plate.
The Tennessee Smokies were vassalized by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 4-2.
Zach Hedges threw the first six innings and he allowed two runs, only one earned, on five hits. Hedges struck out five and walked just one.
Nick Sarianides entered the game in the top of the ninth with the score tied 2-2. He allowed a one-out solo home run and then another run to take the loss. The final line on Sarianides was two runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out one.
Both Smokies runs came on a two-run double by Lane Adams in the eighth inning. He was 1 for 4.
Left fielder Kelly Dugan was 3 for 4. Third baseman Jason Vosler was 2 for 4 and scored once.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans crunched the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 7-1.
James Pugliese struck out a career-high nine batters in a six-inning start to get his sixth win. Pugliese allowed no runs and only two hits. He walked two.
Charcer Burks was the first batter of the game and he connected for his 11th home run of the season to put the Pelicans up 1-0. Burks had a huge game, going 3 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice and had two RBI.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs couldn't swim with the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 7-2.
Starter Casey Bloomquist took the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. Two of the six runs were unearned. Bloomquist struck out six and walked just one, so that's positive, at least.
Right fielder Eddy Martinez hit a solo home run in the second inning, his tenth of the season. Martinez was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Eloy Jimenez left this game after grounding out in the first inning. I do not know why.
The Eugene Emeralds stopped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 14-9.
It was a rough start for Bryan Hudson, who allowed three home runs over the course of four batters in the third inning. The final line for Hudson was eight runs on 11 hits over five innings. Hudson struck out three and walked two. For this effort, Hudson was awarded the win.
Second baseman Trent Giambrone hit a two-run home run in the third inning. It was his fourth home run this season. Giambrone was 2 for 5 with four RBI. He also stole a base.
First baseman Jose Paniagua hit his first home run of the season in the sixth inning with two men on. It was part of a six-run sixth inning that gave the Ems the lead for good. Paniagua went 2 for 5.
Shortstop Yeiler Peguero was 3 for 6 with a two-run triple in the sixth inning. Peguero also stole a base and scored three times.
Catcher Tyler Payne had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 5 night. He scored once. Right fielder Jose Gonzalez was 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.
Brian Matusz made a rehab appearance in this game. He allowed a run on two hits in his inning of work. He did strike out three.