Pro cooking tip. When you have two similar-looking plates on the counter and one just came out of a 425° oven and one just came out of the cabinet, pick the one from the cabinet up with your bare hand.
Anyway, if you want to know why I’ve been so quiet, I’ve been typing with one hand tonight.
Death, taxes and Chesny Young hitting .300.
The Iowa Cubs were abducted by the Las Vegas 51s (Mets), 10-5.
Rob Zastryzny started this game, but he left in the first inning with an apparent injury. Zastryzny gave up two runs on a hit over a third of an inning. Zastryzny walked two.
Zac Rosscup probably pitched the best of Iowa’s five pitchers, so of course he took the loss tonight. Rosscup made one mistake—a solo home run to Dominic Smith, but that was enough to take the loss. Rosscup allowed one run on one hit over two innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Iowa scored four runs the top of the first inning and the rest of the game was pretty much all Las Vegas.
Right fielder Chesny Young was 4 for 5 with a stolen base. He had one run batted in and one run scored. At the end of the game on May 1, Young was hitting .213. Since then, Young has hit .451 and has raised his batting average to an even .300.
Center fielder John Andreoli had a pair of doubles in a 3 for 4 game. He also walked once and scored twice.
Left fielder Mark Zagunis went 2 for 4 with a double. Zagunis had one RBI and one run scored.
The Tennessee Smokies were battered by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 7-3.
Preston Morrison started and took the loss. Morrison pitched six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. Morrison struck out three and walked two.
Cael Brockmeyer hit a solo home run in the third inning, his second of the season. Brockmeyer went 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Both Charcer Burks and Andrew Ely were 2 for 4 with a walk. Ely also had a run batted in.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were grounded by the Buies Creek Astros, 4-2.
Starter Ryan Kellogg allowed two runs on six hits over 6.2 innings. The second-to-last batter he faced in the seventh inning hit a two-run home run, which accounted for both runs he gave up. Kellogg struck out one and walked no one.
Tommy Thorpe pitched the rest of the way and took the loss. Thorpe gave up two runs on two hits over 2.1 innings. Thorpe walked three and struck out two.
DH Eloy Jimenez hit his first home run of the season with the bases empty in the seventh inning. It went clear out of the ballpark. Jimenez was 2 for 4.
Highlights, including the Jimenez HR and a great catch by Daniel Spingola.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs fell valiantly to the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 4-2.
Starter Tyson Miller took the loss. Miller gave up four runs in five innings, but only two of the four runs were earned. Miller gave up four hits, walked three and struck out four.
Shortstop Isaac Paredes was 3 for 4 with an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning.