The Iowa Cubs clawed the Fresno Grizzlies (Astros), 6-1.
Terrific emergency start for Seth Frankoff, who filed in for the promoted Rob Zastryzny. Frankoff didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning. The final line on Frankoff was five innings, allowing one run on two hits. He struck out eight and walked just one.
The win went to Felix Pena, who pitched two perfect innings in relief of Frankoff, striking out four.
Catcher Victor Caratini had a big night. He was 3 for 4 with a double and a two-run home run in the sixth inning that gave Iowa a 2-1 lead. Caratini had three total RBI and he scored twice.
First baseman Taylor Davis went 3 for 4 and scored twice.
The Tennessee Smokies speared the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 6-2.
Steve Perakslis was brilliant for five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. He struck out nine and walked just one as he picked up his fourth win of the season. It was his first Double-A start of the season, although he did make two starts in Iowa.
After the Blue Wahoos scored two runs to get within 3-2 in the top of the seventh, right fielder Daniel Spingola hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to give the Smokies their three-run lead back. It was Spingola’s sixth home run of the season and fourth with the Smokies. He was 1 for 3 with a walk and he scored twice.
First baseman Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. He scored twice.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans bleached the Salem Red Sox 4-3.
Ryan Kellogg started and went 5.1 innings. He gave up three runs on six hits and three walks. Kellogg struck out three.
Jordan Minch relieved Kellogg in the sixth inning with runners on first and second and one out. Minch retired the next two batters, one by strikeout, to keep any runs from scoring and he got the win when the Pelicans scored in the bottom of the inning. Those were the only two batters he faced.
Pedro Araujo pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing just a two-out walk, for the save. Araujo struck out one.
All four Pelicans runs came on home runs today. Leading off the bottom of the first inning, shortstop Zack Short homered to give the Pelicans an early lead. It was Short’s 11th home run this year and fourth with the Pelicans. Short was 2 for 4.
Two batters later, second baseman Trent Giambrone made it 3-0 when he homered with catcher P.J. Higgins on first base. It was also Giambrone’s 11th home run this eyar and he was 1 for 4. Higgins was 2 for 4.
DH Jesse Hodges gave the Pelicans the lead back when he hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. Hodges was 2 for 4. He now has, you guessed it, 11 home runs this season.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs got run over by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 8-0.
Manuel Rondon started and took the loss. He allowed two runs on four hits over four innings. Rondon walked four and struck out six.
Right fielder Chris Pieters and third baseman Andruw Monasterio were both 2 for 3.
The Eugene Emeralds beat the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 11-8.
Rough start for first-round pick Brendon Little, who didn’t make it out of the second after he gave up six runs in the inning. The final line on Little was six runs on seven hits over 1.2 innings. He walked one and struck out one.
Eighteenth-round pick Casey Ryan got his first professional win with two scoreless innings of relief. Ryan allowed two hits, but he did not walk anyone and he struck out one.
Luis Aquino pitched a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save. He struck out two.
Second baseman Jared Young was 2 for 4 with two walks and a stolen base. Young had one RBI and he scored twice.
Third baseman Austin Filiere went 2 for 5 with a walk. He scored once and he had one run batted in.
First baseman Ramsey Romano went 2 for 5 with a walk and a stolen base. Romano scored two runs and he drove in two.