Congratulations to Smokies right-hander Zach Hedges, who won your fan vote for BCB Minor League Pitcher of the Month!
Rained out in New Orleans.
The Tennessee Smokies sauteed the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins), 2-1.
Starter Trevor Clifton allowed just one run on seven hits over 5.2 innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Daury Torrez took over for Clifton with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth. He got out of that jam, pitched the next inning without allowing a run and got the win. Torrez did allow one hit in the seventh inning, but erased the runner with a double play. He did not have a walk or a strikeout over the 1.1 innings.
Andury Acevedo was perfect over the final two innings for the save. He also did not strike anyone out.
Both Smokies runs came on solo home runs. Catcher Ian Rice hit his first of the year in the second inning. Rice was 3 for 3 with a double
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann connected for his first of the season in the sixth inning. Hannemann was 1 for 4.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans solved the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 4-3.
Starter Adbert Alzolay didn’t make it out of the second inning, having already thrown 61 pitches. Alzolay exited with two outs and the bases loaded in the second. His final line was two runs on four hits. in 1.2 innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Casey Bloomquist relieved Alzolay in that jam and he not only got out of that jam, he retired all ten batters he faced to get the win. Bloomquist struck out two.
Craig Brooks pitched the final two innings for the save. He did allow a walk to lead off the ninth and that runner, representing the tying run, went to third with one out after a bunt and a wild pitch. But Brooks struck out the next two batters to close out the win. Brooks allowed no hits over his two innings of work. He struck out three and walked just the one.
Shortstop Trent Giambrone hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie. It was his first of the season Giambrone was 1 for 4.
Two batters later, left fielder Daniel Spingola connected for his second home run of the season to make it 4-2. Spingola went 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.
The Pelicans didn’t have a baserunner in this game before the fifth inning, but still won the game.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs caged the Kane County Cougars (Diamondbacks), 6-2.
Starter Tyson Miller won his first game of the year after giving up two runs on three hits over six innings. One of the two runs was unearned. Miller walked one and struck out four.
Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell is on fire at the moment. Today he was 3 for 4 with two doubles and two stolen bases. Mitchell scored three times and had one RBI.
Right fielder Chris Pieters was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He scored twice.