Congratulations to Jeimer Candelario, your choice for the BCB Minor League Player of the Month! You still have time to vote for the Pitcher of the Month, and I’ll keep the voting open on that until sometime early Sunday evening.
Joe Thatcher made a surprise start in this game to fill in for the promoted Jake Buchanan. It was especially surprising because Thatcher had pitched 1.1 innings the night before. But it was a bullpen game and Thatcher only went one scoreless inning. He gave up a bunt single and a walk, but he got out of a two-out jam with his one strikeout of the inning.
Miguel Mejia pitched two perfect innings after that, striking out three. Then Pierce Johnson tossed three innings of no-hit relief, issuing just one walk. Johnson struck out three.
Jose Rosario entered the game in the top of the ninth with Iowa leading 3-0 and then gave up singles to the first four batters he faced. However, a sac fly got two outs when the runner on second failed to tag up and then the game ended with a strikeout.
Second baseman Juan Perez hit a two-run home run in the second inning. It was his ninth home run of the season. Perez was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Right fielder John Andreoli was 2 for 5 with a stolen base. He also doubled and scored in the seventh inning. Shortstop Kristopher Negron was 2 for 3 with a walk.
The Tennessee Smokies were deep-fried by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 10-5.
Starter Jen-Ho Tseng had a rough start, getting knocked around for seven runs and eleven hits over five innings. Tseng walked one and struck out three.
Second baseman Ian Happ hit not one but two solo home runs tonight, the first in the second inning and the second one in the seventh. Happ was 3 for 4 with three RBI. Happ now has 15 home runs this season, eight with the Smokies.
First baseman Ben Carhart also hit a solo home run in the second inning. It was Carhart’s sixth home run. He was 1 for 4.
Catcher Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 3 with a walk.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans vetoed the Potomac Nationals, 2-1.
Starter Duane Underwood Jr. pitched 4.2 innings and allowed just one run on three hits. Underwood struck out two and walked no one, although he did hit one batter.
James Norwood got the win with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. He gave up just one single. Norwood struck out two and did not issue a walk.
Ryan McNeil pitched a perfect ninth inning for his league-leading 22nd save. He struck out two.
Catcher Ian Rice doubled in the seventh inning and scored on an error, which turned out to be the winning run. Rice was 1 for 3.
With the win, the Pelicans magic number to clinch a second-half division title falls to 1 with 3 games to play.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs recent offensive woes continued as they were shut out by the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 3-0.
South Bend wasted a good start from Adbert Alzolay, who threw five scoreless innings. He surrendered just three singles and walked no one. Alzolay struck out three.
Tanner Griggs relieved Alzolay and he gave up three runs over the next two innings and took the loss. Griggs allowed four hits. He walked one and struck out one.
First baseman Matt Rose was 3 for 4. Catcher P.J. Higgins was 2 for 4.
The Eugene Emeralds won their 8th straight game, 9-3 over the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres).
Starter Bryan Hudson got the win after turning in his best start of the season. Hudson pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk. Hudson struck out seven.
Center fielder D.J. Wilson was 3 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored twice and had one RBI.
Second baseman Yeiler Peguero was 2 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored.
Right fielder Robert Garcia was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Ems have improved their record on the season to 54-19.