I didn’t know this was a thing until today, but if you’re interested in Iowa Cubs’ Michael Roth and Taylor Davis discussing stuff, here’s their video. It’s really just two minor league ballplayers shooting the breeze.
The Iowa Cubs stopped the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 4-3 in 11 innings.
It was a terrific start for Luke Farrell, who allowed just one hit and no runs over five innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Omaha tied up the game with three runs in the eighth inning off of Alberto Baldonado, including a home run by Paulo Orlando that no one at the park other than the two umpires thought was a fair ball. (Even Orlando was chuckling as he went around the bases.) But Baldonado did give up the other two runs after the disputed home run.
Cory Mazzoni got the honor of pitching both extra innings and he got the win by not allowing a run in either inning, even with a runner starting both innings on second base. Mazzoni only issued one intentional walk as the only baserunner he allowed on base. Mazzoni struck out one.
Ryan Court singled home Mark Zagunis (who started the inning on second) in the bottom of the 11th with the winning run. Court was 1 for 5.
Iowa scored their other three runs in the fourth inning when Chris Gimenez doubled home run runs and then scored one batter later on a Stephen Bruno double. Gimenez and Bruno were both 1 for 4.
Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 4 and he scored on the Gimenez double.
The Tennessee Smokies lost to the Mississippi Braves, 9-5.
Smokies starter Trevor Clifton allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits over five innings. Clifton struck out four and only walked one, although he did have three wild pitches. He also hit one batter.
The loss went to Scott Effross, who was tagged for a run in the sixth inning and two in the seventh. The final line on Effross was three runs on six hits over 1.2 innings. Effross struck out two and did not walk anyone.
Ryan McNeil made his season debut in today’s game, pitching the eighth and ninth inning. He allowed a two-run home run in the eighth inning. The final line on McNeil was two runs on two hits and two walks in two innings. He struck out two, of course.
Catcher Ian Rice hit his first home run of the season with a man on in the sixth inning. Rice also had an RBI double in the second inning for three total RBI. He was 2 for 4 and scored twice.
First baseman Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 4. He had one RBI and scored one run.
Charcer Burks was 1 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base. He scored one run.
With the four consecutive losses, the Smokies record falls to 20-20 and currently no Cubs farm team has a winning record in 2018.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were stoned by the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 3-1.
It was a good start for Alex Lange tonight as he allowed just one run on two hits over five innings. Lange walked one and struck out two.
The loss went to Bailey Clark, who pitched the other three innings for the Pelicans and allowed a two-run home run to Nick Heath in the bottom of the eighth. The final line on Clark was two runs on three hits over three innings. He walked just one and struck out four.
Center fielder Connor Myers tied the game up 1-1 with an RBI double in the fifth inning. Myers was 1 for 5.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were boarded and seized by the Lake County Captains (Indians), 8-0.
South Bend starter Brendon Little was cruising along through five scoreless innings, allowing just three singles and walking no one. Then came the sixth inning, where Little gave up a three-run home run followed two batters later by a two-run home run. So what was a great start became a terrible one.
The final line on Little was five runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out four and did not walk anyone.
South Bend had eight hits today, but the team went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
First baseman Jared Young and second baseman Rafael Narea were both 2 for 4 with a double. Catcher Miguel Amaya was 2 for 4.