The Iowa Cubs were run over by the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 8-4.
Zach Hedges has struggled since his promotion to Triple-A. Today he got rocked for eight runs on 13 hits in three innings. He struck out two and walked one.
First baseman Chris Dominguez was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.
Second baseman Jemile Weeks went 2 for 5 with a double and one run scored.
Because I know some of my readers are only here for Kyle Schwarber, he was 1 for 3 with a bases-loaded walk. He scored once.
In game one, Trevor Clifton allowed just one unearned run over five innings. Clifton surrendered four hits. He walked three and struck out three.
Dillon Maples came into the game in the top of the seventh with a 4-2 lead and blew the save. However, Maples got the win when the Smokies scored in the bottom of the inning. Maples allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over his inning of work. Maples struck out two.
Shortstop Andrew Ely led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk. He went to second when the next batter, David Bote walked and third on a Jason Vosler fly out. Ely then scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
Ely was 1 for 3 with the walk and he scored twice. Bote had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 3 game. Bote also scored once. Vosler was 1 for 3 with a sac fly.
In game two, Brad Markey made his first start of the season and he gave up three runs on four hits over 2.2 innings. Markey struck out three and didn’t walk anyone. He did hit a batter.
The win went to Steve Perakslis because Markey didn’t go five innings. Perakslis pitched 2.1 innings without allowing a run. He gave up one hit and didn’t walk anyone. Perakslis struck out three. He also hit a two-run double in the third inning. So really, he deserved the win in any case.
Catcher Ian Rice gave the Smokies a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a three-run home run, his 11th this season. Rice went 2 for 3 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Vosler was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and one RBI in game two. Shortstop Carlos Penalver went 2 for 4 with a double and he scored once.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans quacked up against the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 9-7.
Adbert Alzolay allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings. Alzolay walked four and struck out four.
Kyle Miller relieved Alzolay in the seventh and had a brutal outing to take the loss. Miller allowed five runs on six hits and a walk in just two-thirds of an inning. Miller struck out one.
Second baseman Bryant Flete went 3 for 4 with a double and a stolen base. Flete drove in two runs and scored three runs himself.
Catcher P.J. Higgins was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk and a hit by pitch. Higgins had two RBI.
Left fielder Eddy Martinez was 2 for 2 with one run batted in. Right fielder Robert Garcia was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and one run scored.
EDIT: Oh, and then there is this:
Lol Eloy Jimenez just knocked out another light at batting practice!!!!— Scott Kornberg (@ScottKornberg) July 2, 2017
Good thing he did it on the road!
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs hammered the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 11-4.
Starter Manuel Rondon got the win after allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings. Rondon struck out three and didn’t walk anyone.
The SB Cubs hit three home runs in one game for the first time this season. Shortstop Vimael Machin hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was Machin’s eighth home run this season and his third in four games. Machin was 1 for 5.
In the second inning, DH Michael Cruz hit a solo home run in the second inning, his first of the year. Cruz was 1 for 3 with a walk and his scored twice.
The third home run was a titanic three-run blast by left fielder Kevonte Mitchell, his ninth this year. Mitchell entered the game when in the fourth inning and was 2 for 3 and scored twice. He also stole one base.
Roberto Caro was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Caro scored three times and had one RBI. He had one steal.
Catcher Alberto Mineo 2 for 4 with a triple and one run scored.
Jason Heyward played three innings in right field and was 1 for 1 with a walk and an RBI single in the second inning.
The Eugene Emeralds were annexed by the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 9-8.
Ems starter Alonso Garcia pitched five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. Garcia struck out one and didn’t walk anyone. He did have a wild pitch and two balks.
Junior Marte pitched the bottom of the eighth and got the loss when he gave up three runs on two hits, including a two-run home run. Marte walked two and hit two batters. Marte struck out one.
DH Tolly Filotei went 2 for 4 with a two-run double in the top of the second inning. He also stole a base.
Third baseman Austin Filiere made his Ems debut today and was 1 for 2 with three walks. Filiere scored twice. He was the Cubs 8th round pick in last month’s draft.