South Bend’s mastery of the Dragons is so complete they’re going to have to change their name to the Khaleesi.
The Iowa Cubs were drenched by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 5-2.
Starter Rob Zastryzny took the loss and allowed three runs on five hits over five innings. Zastryzny walked one and struck out five. All three runs scored on two home runs, one to Raul Mondesi and other to our old friend Jorge Soler. Soler would hit another home run off reliever David Garner in the sixth inning.
Both Iowa runs came on a two-run home run by Taylor Davis in the top of the first inning. It was his fourth home run of the year. Davis was 1 for 4.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 4 with two doubles. Center fielder John Andreoli was 1 for 2 with two walks and two steals. He scored on the Davis home run.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans hooked the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 4-2.
Kyle Miller started and got the win. Miller allowed two runs on five hits over five innings. Miller struck out two and he didn’t walk anyone.
Scott Effross pitched the top of the ninth and got the save. The only baserunner he gave up was when he hit a batter with one out. Effross did not have a strikeout.
The Pelicans scored all four of their runs in the second inning. Catcher Tyler Pearson hit a two-run home run, his fourth of the season. Pearson was 1 for 3.
Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 0 for 1 with three walks.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs swept the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 3-2. It was South Bend’s fifth-straight win.
Jose Paulino allowed a solo home run to the second batter he faced and was dominating the rest of the way. He allowed a pair of singles in the second inning, but then he retired the final 16 batters he faced. The final line on Paulino was seven innings, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk anyone.
Paulino didn’t get the win, however, because reliever Wyatt Short gave up a two-out RBI double in the top of the eighth. However, Short got the win when the Cubs retook the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Short then pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the game. Short pitched two innings and allowed one run on two hits. He struck out two and walked one.
South Bend retook the lead in the bottom of the eighth when pinch-runner Yeiler Peguero scored when a two-out line drive off the bat of Luis Ayala clanked off the Dragons right fielder’s glove for an error.
The Eugene Emeralds beat the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 2-1 in 12 innings.
Ems starter Corey Abbott loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the first inning. A double-play and a strikeout meant that the Indians scored just one run. Abbott pitched three innings and allowed one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out four.
Enrique De Los Rios pitched five scoreless innings in relief of Abbott. He allowed one hit. He walked two and struck out four.
After Manuel Rodriguez pitched two perfect innings of relief, Jake Steffens got the win with two more scoreless innings of relief. Steffens allowed just one baserunner, a two-out single in the 11th inning. Steffens did not strike anyone out.
Rafael Narea singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th with a walkoff single. Narea was 2 for 4.
First baseman Gustavo Polanco hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Polanco was 2 for 4.
Second baseman Jared Young went 2 for 5 with a double. He scored on the Polanco sac fly.