Jacob Hannemann scored from second on an infield single by Mike Freeman in the bottom of the ninth as the Iowa Cubs beat the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 3-2.
It was the best start of the season for Jen-Ho Tseng, who allowed just two runs on four hits over seven innings. Tseng struck out nine and walked just one.
The win, however, went to Cory Mazzoni. Mazzoni pitched two perfect innings, retiring all six batters and striking out two of them.
Freeman was 2 for 5 today and drove in all three runs. He also had a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh that tied up the score.
Hannemann was 2 for 4 and scored twice.
This was Iowa’s first win of the season in which their opponent scored the first run of the game.
The Tennessee Smokies lost to the Mississippi Braves, 7-4.
Oscar De La Cruz didn’t pitch poorly, but he got tagged with the loss anyway. De La Cruz allowed two runs on three hits over five innings. He struck out five and he only walked two, but he also hit two batters, including one with the bases loaded that scored the other batter he hit in the fifth inning.
Daury Torrez put the game out of reach when he relieved De La Cruz in the sixth inning and gave up four runs in the one inning he threw.
The Smokies wasted two home runs by Jason Vosler today. The first was a solo home run in the fourth inning and the second came in the sixth with a man on. Vosler was 2 for 4 and he now has seven home runs on the season, which leads the Cubs organization. (Not counting the majors, of course.)
Trent Giambrone was 2 for 4 with a double and he scored one run.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Keegan Thompson started game one and surrendered six runs on seven hits over five innings. Five of the six runs were earned and five of the six runs came in the third inning.
Catcher Jhonny Pereda hit a solo home run with two out in the top of the first, his third this year. The Pelicans managed just three hits and no runs the rest of the game. (But two of them were doubles!)
In game two, starter Jose Paulino got hammered for all ten runs over just 3.1 innings. He gave up two home runs, including a grand slam in the fourth inning to Preston Palmeiro, who is indeed Rafael Palmeiro’s kid. Paulino allowed ten hit and three of the ten runs he allowed were unearned. Paulino struck out two and didn’t walk anyone, so that’s something.
The Pelicans only run came on a solo home run by third baseman Wladimir Galindo in the fourth inning. It was Galindo’s fourth home run this year. He also doubled in a 2 for 3 game. I hate to mention that Galindo also committed two of Myrtle Beach’s four errors in this game.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were toppled by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 3-1.
Erich Uelmen had a terrific start for South Bend today, tossing six scoreless innings. Uelmen allowed just three hits. He struck out three and walked two.
It pains me to say that Jose Albertos still can’t throw a strike. Albertos struck out the first batter he faced when he relieved Uelmen in the seventh. Then he walked three of the next four batters, loading the bases but getting one more out on a play at the plate. Albertos then exited without a run having scored, but Manuel Rodriguez gave up RBI singles to the first two batters he faced, scoring three runs and sticking Albertos with the loss.
Albertos threw 27 pitches and only 11 of them were strikes.
Center fielder Chris Singleton doubled home Zach Davis in the third inning to give South Bend a 1-0 lead. Both Singleton and Davis were 2 for 4.