I went to see the Fresno Grizzlies take on the Tacoma Rainiers tonight and two old Cubs, Casey Coleman and Daniel Vogelbach, faced off against each other. (Pat Listach is also managing Tacoma.) Coleman gave up a leadoff single, balked him over to second and gave up an RBI single to the second batter. After that, nothing. Tacoma didn’t get another hit the rest of the game. Coleman went six innings and struck out seven. Vogelbach was 0 for 3 with a walk, although he did blast a line drive rocket as the third batter of the game, but right at Fresno’s center fielder.
The Iowa Cubs were deafened by the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 12-3.
Casey Kelly was rocked for seven runs in the first inning. After that, he was fine, but it was a little late at that point. Kelly allowed seven runs on ten hits, including two first inning home runs, over five innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Center fielder Chesny Young was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI.
Third baseman Chris Dominguez was 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.
DH Jeimer Candelario was 2 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies gobbled up the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 10-2.
Trevor Clifton gave up two runs in the first inning, but settled down after that and got the win. Clifton pitched six innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out five.
Third baseman Jason Vosler hit a three-run home run in the top of the first. It was Vosler’s tenth home run this year already. Vosler was 2 for 5 with a triple, the home run and four total RBI. He scored three times.
Left fielder Charcer Burks had a huge game as he was 5 for 6 with a double and a stolen base. Burks stole one base and scored twice.
Shortstop Andrew Ely was 3 for 5 with a stolen base. He had two RBI and scored one run.
Second baseman David Bote was 2 for 4 with a sacrifice fly. Bote scored twice.
DH Ian Rice was 2 for 4 with two runs batted in. He was also hit by a pitch.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans scorched the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 7-6 in ten innings.
Starter Adbert Alzolay went six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. He did strike out eight and didn’t walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.
Pedro Araujo pitched the top of the tenth and got the win. He did hit a batter with one one, but allowed no other baserunners. Araujo struck out one.
First baseman Matt Rose connected for a walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth, his ninth this season. Rose was 1 for 5.
The Pelicans trailed 6-2 in this game heading to the bottom of the eighth, but right fielder Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run blast to make it 6-4. With two outs in the ninth, Jimenez doubled home P.J. Higgins from first base to tie the game at 6-6. Jimenez was 2 for 5 with the three RBI.
Catcher Higgins was 3 for 4 and was hit by a pitch. He singled home Robert Garcia with two out in the ninth to set up the Jimenez double. Garcia was 2 for 4.
Shortstop Trent Giambrone went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.
Highlights. Be sure to check out both Jimenez’s and Rose’s home runs. Neither was a cheapie.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs sank the Lake County Captains (Indians), 5-2.
Manuel Rondon pitched the first five innings and got the win. Rondon gave up two runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked no one, but he did hit a batter.
Matt Schwarmer went the final four innings without giving up a run for the save. Schwarmer allowed just one hit. He struck out four and walked nobody.
Third baseman Wladimir Galindo connected for a solo home run to lead off the second inning. It was his fourth home run on the year. Galindo was 1 for 4.
Second baseman Vimael Machin was 3 for 4 with a double. He drove in two runs.