The Cubs named South Bend’s D.J. Wilson and Iowa’s Jen-Ho Tseng as the “official” Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month.
The Iowa Cubs scratched the Fresno Grizzlies (Astros), 5-4.
Eddie Butler started but he couldn’t go five innings. Butler went 4.2 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. One of the three runs was unearned. Butler did strike out seven and he only walked one.
David Garner did allow a runner inherited from Butler to score, but otherwise he went 1.1 innings without giving up a run of his own and he got his first ever Triple-A win. Garner allowed one hit. He walked two and struck out two.
Dillon Maples was called upon to get the last out of the game with the bases empty in the top of the ninth. He allowed a single to the first batter he faced, but he struck out the second one to get the save.
Catcher Taylor Davis put Iowa up for good when he hit a bases-loaded, three-run double in the bottom of the fifth. Davis was 2 for 5 and he scored once.
Shortstop Elliot Soto was a perfect 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once and had one RBI.
The Tennessee Smokies beat the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 6-5.
Trevor Clifton continued his second-half struggles as he was rocked for five runs on ten hits over just 3.2 innings. Clifton only struck out one batter although he did not walk anyone.
Daury Torrez kept the Blue Wahoos off the board for 2.1 innings, which was enough to allow the Smokies to come back and take the lead. Torrez surrendered three hits. He didn’t walk anyone and he struck out one.
After Jake Stinnett tossed two scoreless innings in his Double-A debut, Craig Brooks pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Brooks didn’t allow any hits, but he did walk one. Brooks struck out one batter as well.
After going 3 for 4 yesterday, catcher Erick Castillo was even better today, going 4 for 4 with two doubles. He scored two runs and drove in one.
Shortstop Carlos Penalver went 2 for 4 and scored once.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were plucked by the Salem Red Sox, 10-3.
Really? OK, starter Duncan Robinson allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits over five innings. Robinson walked two and struck out five.
The Pelicans scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth, with two coming after two were out. First baseman Tyler Alamo was 2 for 4 and scored once. Shortstop Zack Short went 1 for 3 with two walks, one of which came with the bases loaded in the ninth.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs had a flat tire against the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 8-4.
Jose Paulino started and took the loss. Paulino allowed six runs on five hits over four innings. Paulino walked four, hit one batter and struck out two.
DH Jhonny Pereda went 2 for 3 with a walk and two RBI.
Center fielder Luis Ayala was 1 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base. Ayala scored once.
The Eugene Emeralds were edged by the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 3-2.
Javier Assad started and allowed three runs on four hits over 4.2 innings. Assad walked three and struck out four. He also hit one batter.
Left fielder Chris Carrier hit his first career home run with Miguel Amaya on first base in the fifth inning, which was all the Ems scoring for the day. Carrier was 1 for 3 and Amaya went 3 for 4.
Taking on the Brewers later tonight. I will update later.