Second-to-last weekend of the season. Not that I'm counting down or anything.
The Iowa Cubs were caught in the maelstrom of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 7-2.
Stephen Fife got battered today for seven runs on ten hits in just four innings. Fife walked two and struck out no one.
With two out in the bottom of the ninth, Tim Federowicz doubled home Jeimer Candelario to make it 7-1. Then Federowicz scored on an error. Federowicz and Candelario were both 1 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies scored eight runs in the fifth inning and deposed the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 11-5.
Jen-Ho Tseng started and got the win. He went six innings and allowed four runs on nine hits, although only two of the four runs were earned. Tseng walked one and struck out four.
Right fielder Lane Adams was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk and two stolen bases. Adams had four RBI and he scored once.
Catcher Gioskar Amaya was 1 for 3 with a two-run triple in the fifth inning. Amaya also walked twice and scored twice.
The Smokies walked 13 times in this game and were hit by pitches twice. They scored their 11 runs on only seven hits.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Pelicans won their seventh-straight game, 8-7 over the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals),
Erick Leal pitched the first two innings and struggled, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. One of the runs was unearned. Leal struck out two.
Daniel Lewis pitched the next three innings without allowing a run and got the win because Leal did not go five. Lewis gave up two hits. He struck out three and walked no one.
Ryan McNeil pitched the ninth inning and got a dramatic save. The first two batters on McNeil walked and singled. After a sac bunt put runners on second and third with one out, McNeil got two ground outs to end the game.
Catcher Erick Castillo was 3 for 5 and scored once. Shortstop Andrew Ely was 2 for 4 with a walk and he also scored once.
Center fielder Donnie Dewees was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI. First baseman Yasiel Balaguert also had one run and one RBI in a 2 for 5 game. DH Ian Rice was 2 for 5 with one run scored and one batted in.
Right fielder Jeffrey Baez went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He also scored once and stole his 37th base of the season.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were shut out by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 2-0.
Duane Underwood Jr. started and allowed two runs on five hits over 3.2 innings. He struck out five and walked two.
DH P.J. Higgins was 1 for 1 with three walks.
South Bend has scored three runs in their last four games.
The Eugene Emeralds swept the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 6-5.
Starting pitcher Erling Moreno allowed one run on only two hits, one of which was a home run in the second inning, in five innings. Moreno struck out six and walked nobody. That's a good outing.
Jed Carter relieved Moreno, pitched the sixth inning and got the win. Carter allowed a run on a hit and a walk in the one inning he threw. Carter struck out one.
Mark Malave pitched the ninth inning and got one of the ugliest saves around. Entering the game with a 6-3 lead, Malave loaded the bases with one out after two walks and an error. After Malave got the second out on his second strikeout of the inning, the next batter drove in a run with an infield single. Then Malave let in a second run with a wild pitch. After walking his third batter of the inning to load the bases, Malave got a ground out to second base to end the game and preserve the win.
Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to tie the game up 2-2. It was Mitchell's fifth home run this year. Mitchell was 1 for 4.
Catcher Tyler Payne hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Ems some needed insurance runs. It was Payne's third homer. He was also 1 for 4.
Shortstop Yeiler Peguero was 2 for 5 with an RBI double in the seventh inning that gave the Ems a 3-2 lead.
Center fielder D.J. Wilson went 2 for 5 with an RBI triple. Right fielder Jose Gonzalez was 2 for 3 with two doubles and a walk. He scored on both the Peguero double and the Wilson triple.
Second baseman Trent GIambrone was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored once and had one RBI.