Incredible pitching tonight as the Cubs minor league system allowed just one run over 31 innings tonight.
The Iowa Cubs shut down the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 2-1.
Duane Underwood Jr. allowed just one run in the second inning tonight as he got his third win of the year. Underwood pitched six innings and gave up just four hits. He walked two and struck out six.
Cory Mazzoni pitched the ninth and made it scary, but in the end he nailed down his second save. After Mazzoni struck out the first batter he faced, he walked the next two and then gave up a single that loaded the bases. (And would have tied the game if not for some extremely conservative baserunning by the Express). But with one out, the bases loaded and a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth, Mazzoni deflected a comebacker for a 1-6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Second baseman David Bote hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning for all the runs that Iowa would need. Bote was 1 for 4 and now has six home runs on the season.
Shortstop Ryan Court was 2 for 3.
The Smokies were leading the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 3-0 in the top of the fifth inning when the rains came. Trevor Clifton allowed two hits and no runs over four innings tonight.
They’ll finish the game as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shaved the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 5-0.
Alex Lange had the best start of his professional career tonight as he shut out the Hillcats over six innings. Lange gave up six hits, but they were all singles and he did not walk anyone. What was amazing was that Lange struck out a career-high 10 batters. His previous career-high for strikeouts in a game was five.
Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell had a huge game, going 3 for 4 with a double and his second home run of the season. It was a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Second baseman Andruw Monasterio was 2 for 4 with two steals. He also scored once.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs shut out the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 1-0.
Brendon Little, like his fellow 2017 first-round pick Lange, also had the best start of his career tonight. Little pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up just three hits. Little also did not walk anyone and he struck out five. (Which isn’t a career-high, but still pretty good.)
But Little got a no-decision for his efforts. The win went to Ben Hecht, who came off the DL and made his first appearance since May 9. Hecht hit one batter, but that was his only baserunner in the eighth inning, the only inning he pitched. Hecht did not strike anyone out.
The save went to Brian Glowicki. Glowicki struck out the first two batters he faced before giving up a two-out double to Kevin Smith. Glowicki then intentionally walked the next batter before getting a grounder to third to end the game.
The only run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth on Miguel Amaya’s sixth home run of the year. He was 1 for 3.
The time of this game was a breezy 1:56.