The Iowa Cubs were too late to catch the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 10-9.
Ryan Williams started this game but he threw 39 pitches in the first inning, so that was all for him today. Williams allowed three runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out two.
Miguel Mejia gave up two runs in his two innings of relief, Dylan Florio allowed three in his 2.2 innings and Jack Leathersich managed to allow a run on five walks and a hit in his two-thirds of an inning. Felix Peña was the only pitcher who managed to not allow a run. He even pitched out of an inherited bases-loaded, one out jam with two strikeouts to keep any runs from scoring.
Whoever scored last was going to win this game, and David Rollins took the loss by allowing a run in the top of the ninth. Rollins pitched one inning and allowed one run on one hit and one walk. He struck out two.
The I-Cubs hit three home runs today. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his third of the year. Candelario went 2 for 5 with two RBI.
Two batters later, left fielder Mark Zagunis hit his first home run of the year with a man on to tie the score at 5-5. Zagunis was 1 for 4 with a walk.
Finally, catcher Victor Caratini hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to tie the game up at 9-9. It was also Caratini’s first home run this year. He was 2 for 5 with five RBI and two runs scored.
Bombs away! #Cubs prospects Jeimer Candelario, Mark Zagunis and Victor Caratini all homered for the Iowa Cubs today. pic.twitter.com/PDIp0V6uLN— Iowa Cubs (@IowaCubs) April 17, 2017
Here are all three home runs.
Shortstop Chesny Young was 3 for 5 and scored twice.
The Tennessee Smokies usurped the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 6-0.
Zach Hedges started and got the win with 5.2 innings, allowing seven hits. Hedges struck out two and walked just one.
Center fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. He scored one run and drove one in.
Shortstop Carlos Penalver was 2 for 4 with an RBI triple in a four-run second inning. Penalver later scored that inning.
Third baseman Jason Vosler went 2 for 4 and scored on the Penalver triple. Right fielder Jeffrey Baez went 2 for 4 with an RBI single in the second.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were grounded by the Buies Creek Astros, 4-2.
Thomas Hatch started and took the loss. He allowed four runs on four hits in 4.2 innings. Hatch walked three and struck out three.
DH Trent Giambrone gave the Pelicans a 2-1 lead with a solo home run in the third inning. It was his second of the season. Giambrone was 1 for 4.
Catcher P.J. Higgins was 2 for 2. He doubled and scored a run in the first inning. He exited in the fifth inning after a play at the plate.
Left fielder Daniel Spingola was 2 for 3 with a walk.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs lost to the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 5-4.
Starter Tyson Miller took the loss after he gave up four runs on six hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Third baseman Zach Short led off the bottom of the first inning with his first home run of the season. Short was 1 for 4 with a walk.
First baseman Wladimir Galindo went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles. He scored once. Second baseman Yeiler Peguero was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the eighth inning. He scored once.