The Cubs were one of two teams who did not attended the Tim Tebow workout today. Darn.
Starter Drew Rucinski lost his 15th game of the season after allowing five runs on seven hits in just four innings. Rucinski walked two and struck out four.
Second baseman Juan Perez was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored one run.
The Tennessee Smokies usurped the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 5-3.
Starter Michael Wagner pitched 4.2 innings and allowed all three runs on eight hits. Wagner struck out five and walked three.
Stephen Perakslis and Michael Wagner then combined to retire the next ten batters in a row. Perakslis threw 1.1 innings and struck out three. Wagner threw two innings and also struck out three.
David Berg pitched the ninth and got the save. Berg allowed two one-out singles, but then got a double play to end the game. Berg struck out one.
Second baseman Ian Happ hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead. It was Happ's 13th home run of the year and sixth with the Smokies. Happ was 2 for 3 with a walk.
Left fielder Chesny Young went 2 for 4 with a steal and a run scored. Third baseman Jason Vosler was 2 for 4.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Carolina League Pitcher of the Year Trevor Clifton pitched six innings and allowed just three hits. He struck out seven and walked nobody.
Tommy Thorpe did not allow a hit over the next three innings. Thorpe did walk one while he struck out two.
Daury Torrez pitched the final two innings and got the win. Torrez gave up one hit. He struck out five and walked nobody, although he did hit one batter.
David Bote led off the bottom of the 11th with a triple and after Jesse Hodges struck out, Bryant Flete singled him home with the only run of the game. Bote was 2 for 5 and Flete was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.
First baseman Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.
The Pelicans have won 29 of their last 36 games.
South Bend Cubs
Last off-day of the regular season.
The Eugene Emeralds scrubbed the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres) clean, 7-5.
Dylan Cease started this game and got the win. He pitched five innings and gave up just one unearned run on two hits. He did walk four, however, while striking out eight.
Tyler Peitzmeier got a 2.1 inning save. He allowed no runs and just one hit. He even stranded two inherited runners. Peitzmeier struck out two.
Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 3 for 4 with a two-run double and an RBI single for three total RBI.
The Emeralds have now played 70 games and have won 51 of them. That's pretty incredible. That is a 118 win pace extrapolated out to 162 games.
The AZL Cubs lost to the Mariners, 4-0 in their single-elimination playoff game. This ends their season.
Three AZL Cubs were named to the post-season All-Star team. They are:
SS Isaac Paredes
DH Gustavo Polanco
LH reliever Eugenio Palma