It’s Opening Night for Eugene! So we’ve got five teams playing six games tonight.
There will be a Cubs Draft Recap published tomorrow morning. Or later this morning if you’re reading this in the Central Time Zone.
The Iowa Cubs silenced the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 4-2.
After seven losses, Williams Perez got his first win of the season tonight. Perez allowed just one run on three hits over five innings. Perez walked two and struck out five.
The I-Cubs only had four hits tonight, but center fielder Jacob Hannemann had two of them, going 2 for 4 with a double. He had an RBI single and scored as part of a three-run sixth inning.
The Tennessee Smokies stopped the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 4-1. The win kept the Lookouts from clinching a first-half division title and kept the Smokies first-half title hopes alive.
Starter Duane Underwood Jr. took the win after allowing just one run on two hits over 5.1 innings. Underwood struck out six and walked four.
Dillon Maples got his first Double-A save when he pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Maples did bring the tying run to the plate after he hit the leadoff batter and walked a batter after two were out. But he struck out the other three batters swinging in the inning to end the game.
Jason Vosler gave the Smokies an early 2-0 lead with a two-run home run in the first inning. It was Vosler’s 11th blast this season. Vosler went 1 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.
Second baseman David Bote was 2 for 4 and added an insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth.
The Smokies still have their fate in their own hands, as if they beat Chattanooga three times in the next three games they will take the first-half division title.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 7-0. The Pelicans are now 14-1 in the month of June and they have not allowed a run over the past 31 innings.
Justin Steele got the win with five scoreless innings. Steele gave up four hits, he walked three and hit two batters, so he was pitching around a lot of baserunners. Steele struck out five.
Second baseman Bryant Flete hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. It was his sixth this season. Flete went 1 for 5.
One inning later, third baseman Trent Giambrone connected for his sixth home run of the year with two men on. Giambrone was also 1 for 5.
Shortstop Andruw Monasterio was 1 for 2 with two walks and a steal. He scored twice.
South Bend Cubs
In game one, Duncan Robinson took the loss after he gave up six runs on ten hits over 5.1 innings. Robinson did strike out five and he didn’t walk anyone.
Adonis Paula was 1 for 2 with a sac fly and two RBI.
In game two, Erling Moreno pitched the first four innings and took the loss after he gave up five runs. One of the runs was unearned. Moreno surrendered five hits. He walked three and struck out four.
Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 2 for 3.
The Eugene Emeralds lost their first game of the season, 6-1 to the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays).
Eugene starter Javier Assad took the loss after he gave up two runs on seven hits over five innings. Assad did not walk anyone and he struck out three.
The only Ems run came on a solo home run by shortstop Aramis Ademan in the eighth inning. Ademan was 1 for 4.