It’s not the All-Star Break for everyone.
Quick note: tomorrow’s Wrap will be ready early as MLB doesn’t want any baseball being played opposite the All-Star Game. The Smokies have the only minor league game tomorrow and it starts at 11 a.m. Chicago time.
All-Star Break. Pitchers Matt Carasiti and Seth Frankoff are on the Pacific Coast League team.
The Tennessee Smokies burned the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 5-4.
Kyle Hendricks made a rehab start tonight and went 3.1 innings. He gave up one run on two hits. He struck out two and walked one. The one run scored after he left the game when James Pugliese gave up a two-run home run in the fourth inning.
The win went to another rehabbing pitcher as Brett Anderson went four innings and allowed two runs on five hits. Anderson walked one and struck out one.
Dillon Maples pitched the ninth inning and got the save. He gave up a one-out single, but struck out the other three batters he faced.
Right fielder Daniel Spingola scored the first run of the game when he hit a solo home run in the third inning. It was his first Double-A home run and third of the season. Spingola was 1 for 2 with a walk.
First baseman Yasiel Balaguert gave the Smokies the lead again when he hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth. He also gave the Smokies a 4-3 lead when he hit an RBI single in the sixth inning. Balaguert was 2 for 4 with the three RBI.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans cracked the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 10-7.
Scott Effross started this game and went 3.1 innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits. Effross struck out two, walked two and hit one batter.
James Norwood got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Norwood allowed just one hit. He did not walk anyone and he struck out one.
Shortstop Zack Short led off the game with a home run, his second in Myrtle Beach and ninth overall. Short was an unstoppable force in today’s game, going 3 for 3 with a double, a home run and three walks. He even stole a base. Short scored three runs and drove in two.
First baseman Tyler Alamo hit two home runs today. The first was a solo home run in the third inning and his second was a three-run home run in the eighth. Alamo was 2 for 4 with a walk and he scored three runs.
Center fielder Connor Myers had two doubles and one run scored in a 3 for 5 performance.
Both left fielder Eddy Martinez and right fielder Robert Garcia wer 2 for 5 with a double, two runs batted in and one run scored.
DH P.J. Higgins went 2 for 5.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs crushed the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 15-8.
Jose Paulino pitched five scoreless innings to get the win. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out five.
Center fielder DJ Wilson hit a three-run home run in the second inning as South Bend broke out to a 12-0 lead after 5 1⁄2 innings. It was Wilson’s fourth home run of the year and first since coming off the disabled list. Wilson was 4 for 6 with a double and six RBI. Wilson scored three runs.
Third baseman VImael Machin was 2 for 6 with two runs scored. First baseman Austin Upshaw went 2 for 5 with a walk and he scored three runs. Upshaw also had one RBI.
Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 2 for 6 with a double. He scored twice and had one RBI.
Shortstop Isaac Paredes went 2 for 4 and he got hit by pitches twice. Paredes scored three runs and had one RBI. Catcher Tyler Payne was 2 for 4 with a walk and two RBI.
The Eugene Emeralds were shut out by the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 5-0.
Starter Javier Assad went six innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. Assad struck out six and walked two.
Shortstop Rafael Narea was 1 for 3 with a double.
Rob Zastryzny pitched two scoreless innings in a rehab appearance.