My nine-year-old daughter has now been to more minor league games this season than I have. Maybe she can take over writing these recaps.
The Iowa Cubs topped the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 7-6.
Starter Casey Kelly only went three innings and gave up five runs on six hits. One of the five runs was unearned. It was his error, though. Kelly walked three and struck out one. He also hit one batter.
David Berg got the win in his Principal Park debut. Berg threw two scoreless innings and allowed three hits. Berg struck out one and did not walk anyone.
Pierce Johnson got a two-inning save. He allowed two hits, but no runs. Johnson struck out two and walked no one.
For the second straight day, the I-Cubs hit three home runs, although today they did it without the help of any wind. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was Candelario’s seventh home run this year. He was 1 for 4.
Two batters later, first baseman Chris Dominguez connected for another two-run home run, his second this season. Dominguez was also 1 for 4.
In the fourth inning, DH Stephen Bruno hit a solo home run which was his third blast of the year. Bruno was 1 for 3.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were plucked by the Salem Red Sox, 10-5.
Thomas Hatch arguably had the best start of his young career today as he threw five scoreless innings and surrendered just three hits. Hatch struck out four and walked two.
Scott Effross turned a 4-0 Pelicans lead into a 5-4 deficit when he gave up five runs in the sixth inning. But Marc Huberman entered the game after the Pelicans tied it up 5-5 in the top of the seventh and took the loss when he was rocked for five runs on five hits in two innings. Huberman walked four and struck out two.
Third baseman Jesse Hodges went 3 for 3 with two doubles and one run batted in.
Shortstop Trent Giambrone was 2 for 4 and scored twice. Left fielder Daniel Spingola was 2 for 4 and walked.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were massacred by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 11-1.
Manuel Rondon was hammered for eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits over 4.2 innings. Rondon walked three and struck out three.
In the fourth inning, Zack Short led off the inning with a double. Yeiler Peguero reached on a bunt single and then Alberto Mineo walked. Short scored on a Wladimir Galindo ground out. Those were the only baserunners South Bend had in the entire game.