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The Iowa Cubs were toppled by the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 7-5.
Juan Paniagua made his first start since 2014 and did fairly well, allowing just one run on five hits over 4.2 innings. He walked two and struck out four.
Justin Grimm entered the game in the ninth with the I-Cubs holding on to a 4-3 lead and he blew his first save of the season. Grimm retired the first two batters of the inning and then gave up four runs on three hits. One of those three hits was a three-run home run by Mike Zunino. Grimm walked one and struck out one over his two-thirds of an inning.
Third baseman Jeimer Candelario gave Iowa a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning when he hit a solo home run, his fifth of the season. Candelario was 1 for 4.
Catcher Victor Caratini was 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.
DH Taylor Davis was 2 for 4 and he doubled home Caratini in the ninth inning. Davis also scored one run.
Second baseman Ozzie Martinez went 2 for 4 with one run batted in.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were stuffed by the Salem Red Sox, 9-2.
It was a good start for Ryan Kellogg, who gave up just one run on three hits over five innings. Kellogg walked two and struck out three.
Casey Bloomquist would like to forget tonight’s game. Bloomquist entered the game in the sixth inning and gave up three runs. He then faced the first four batters of the seventh inning. All of them would reach base and all of them would eventually score. The final line of Bloomquist is seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 1+ innings. Bloomquist also hit one batter. He did not have a strikeout.
Right fielder Eloy Jimenez drove in both Pelicans runs. Jimenez drove in the first run with a groundout in the first inning and the second run on his second home run of the season in the sixth. Jimenez was 2 for 4.
That was also two of the Pelicans four hits tonight.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs pounded the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 11-7 in a game that ended after 5 1⁄2 innings due to rain.
South Bend starter Tyson Miller didn’t make it out of the first inning. Miller gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning. Only one of the four runs was earned, however. Miller did not strike anyone out.
Jared Cheek didn’t pitch a whole lot better, but he did get his first win. Cheek allowed three runs on five hits over 3.1 innings. Cheek did strike out two and he didn’t walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.
South Bend won this game by scoring all 11 runs in the bottom of the third inning. They sent 17 batters to the plate in the third.
DH Zack Short was 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.
Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell had a bases-loaded walk in the third and a two-run double. Mitchell was 1 for 2 with a double and a walk. He scored twice.
Right fielder Brandon Cummins was 2 for 3 with a stolen base. He scored once and had one RBI.