The Iowa Cubs will have a World Series ring ceremony for the I-Cubs who played in the majors last season, along with the coaching personnel who also qualified for a ring. The date is still to be announced, but if you want to watch another ring ceremony, keep looking for an announcement. Current I-Cubs who will likely be getting rings are Jeimer Candelario, Jake Buchanan, Felix Pena and Rob Zastryzny. Probably Zac Rosscup as well, who was on the major league disabled list all of last season.
The Iowa Cubs were no-hit by the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 11-1.
Baby Cakes pitcher Scott Copeland kept the Iowa lineup under total control for seven innings. He allowed only one baserunner, a fifth-inning walk to Jeimer Candelario, but Candelario was erased in a double play hit by Victor Caratini, so Copeland faced the minimum.
The I-Cubs got their only run off of former I-Cub Hunter Cervenka in the eighth, who walked two and had two errors committed behind him. Brandon Cuniff pitched a perfect ninth inning to complete the no-hitter.
It was the first time that the I-Cubs have been no-hit since Jamie Arnold did it for Calgary on May 25, 2002.
Iowa starter Jake Buchanan pitched five innings and allowed three runs on four hits. But really, it was three runs on one three-run home run. Buchanan walked three and struck out seven.
The Tennessee Smokies only managed one run in the bottom of the ninth tonight and were extinguished by the Mississippi Braves, 10-2.
Trevor Clifton gave up only two hits in his five-inning start, but one of the two hits was a three-run home run in the second inning to Connor Lien. Those were the only three runs Clifton allowed. He struck out six and walked four.
Center fielder Trey Martin gave the Smokies an early lead with a home run to lead off the bottom of the first. However, Martin apparently injured himself running the bases and he limped across home plate. He was taken out of the game after that. It was Martin’s second home run of the season.
Third baseman Jason Vosler was 2 for 2 with a stolen base.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans coughed up a furball against the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 5-2.
In what has been a running theme tonight, Pelicans starter Oscar De la Cruz allowed just two runs over five innings, with both runs coming on a two-run home run in the fourth. De la Cruz allowed six hits, he walked one and struck out four.
Both of Myrtle Beach’s runs came on a home run by third baseman Matt Rose in the sixth inning. It was Rose’s second home run this season. Rose was 2 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs calmed the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 6-4.
Guess what? South Bend starter Manuel Rondon gave up just two hits tonight and both of them were home runs! Rondon gave up a two-run homer in the first and a solo home run to lead off the fifth. Rondon pitched 4+ innings and allowed three runs. He walked four and struck out six.
Marc Huberman got the win because Rondon didn’t go five. Huberman pitched two innings of relief and did not allow a hit or a run, although he did walk two. He also struck out two.
Wyatt Short pitched the ninth inning and while he allowed a run, he still got the save. Short gave up two hits and hit one batter while striking out one.
First baseman Wladimir Galindo was 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI single.
Second baseman Yeiler Peguero was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Third baseman Vimael Machin was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored.