The Iowa Cubs were too slow for the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 5-4.
Rough start for Adbert Alzolay, who took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits over five innings. Alzolay walked three and struck out three.
First baseman Efren Navarro was 2 for 3 with a sac fly. He had two total RBI and scored one run.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Hannemann scored one run and drove one in.
Third baseman Ryan Court went 2 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies split a doubleheader with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), winning the continuation of Wednesday’s game 5-4 in 11 innings and dropping the regularly-scheduled game 7-5.
Game one started yesterday and Trevor Clifton threw four scoreless innings before the rains came. Clifton gave up two hits. He walked two and struck out three.
The Smokies had a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth but the Blue Wahoos scored four runs on three home runs to tie the game and send it to extras. Ryan McNeil allowed two of the home runs (and three of the runs) in two-thirds of an inning before Dakota Mekkes was summoned for the save. The first batter that Mekkes faced, Shed Long, connected for a game-tying solo home run. Mekkes would go on to pitch the tenth inning and walked one batter but gave up nothing else. Mekkes would get the win after Tennessee scored in the top of the eleventh. He allowed one run on one hit and one walk over 1.1 innings. He struck out one.
Scott Effross came in for the save in the bottom of the eleventh. He struck out two of the batters he faced and the other one was the runner on second base who was caught stealing.
First baseman Yasiel Balaguert hit a two-run home run yesterday in the fourth inning. Balaguert was 1 for 5. He has four home runs this season.
Pinch-hitter Trey Martin singled home Jeffry Baez, who had started the inning on second, in the top of the eleventh with what proved to be the winning run.
Third baseman Jason Vosler was 2 for 5 with a double and one run scored.
In the second game, starter Duncan Robinson was cruising along with a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when everything went topsy-turvy as the Blue Wahoos scored six runs in the sixth. The final line on Robinson was 5+ innings, allowing five runs on five hits. Two of the five runs were unearned, but it was Robinson’s own error that was responsible for that. Robinson walked two and struck out five.
James Norwood entered the game with two on and no outs in the sixth, but the Smokies still boasting of a 5-3 lead. Unfortunately, Norwood allowed both inherited runners to score on an RBI single and two more runs of his own to score on a double.
The final line on Norwood was two runs on two hits over one inning. He walked one and struck out two.
The Smokies wasted three home runs in game two including a pair of solo home runs by shortstop Trent Giambrone. Giambrone hit his fourth home run of the year in the third inning and his fifth home run of the campaign in the fifth. He was 2 for 4.
First baseman Jason Vosler gave the Smokies an early lead with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. Vosler was 2 for 4 and scored twice. He now has eight home runs on the season.
Second baseman Vimael Machin was 2 for 3.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans stopped the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 4-3.
Matt Swarmer was strong through 6 innings tonight, allowing just one unearned run on three hits. He struck out seven and walked no one. However, he came out of the game with a 2-2 count on the first batter of the seventh inning with an apparent arm or wrist injury. I do not have a report on what was wrong, but watching the game, he was shaking his arm after his final two pitches of the night. Catcher PJ Higgins was the one who called for the trainer, however.
Swarmer was reliever by Wyatt Short, and while Short finished off a perfect seventh inning, he coughed up two runs and the lead in the top of the eighth. Short got the win when the Pelicans scored in the bottom of the eight. The final line on Short was two runs on three hits and an intentional walk over two innings. Short struck out two.
Jhon Romero pitched the top of the ninth and got his third save of the season. Romero gave up a two-out single, but struck out the other three batters he faced.
More bad news is that left fielder Kevonte Mitchell left the game in the fifth inning after suffering a knee injury. He was replaced by Daniel Spingola, who was 1 for 1 with a double and a walk. Spingola also scored two runs, including racing home on a passed ball in the bottom of the eight with what proved to be the winning run.
Shortstop Aramis Ademan was 3 for 3 with an RBI double and a walk.
Center fielder Connor Myers was 2 for 5.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were discontinued by the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 6-4.
South Bend got a quality start out of Rollie Lacy, who went seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Lacy struck out five and didn’t walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.
The wheels came off for the Cubs bullpen in the top of the ninth, when Manuel Rodriguez blew a save and gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning before he was pulled for Yapson Gomez.
The final line on Rodriguez was three runs on one hit (a bases-loaded two-run double) in two-thirds of an inning. Rodriguez struck out one and walked five batters, although one was intentional.
Second baseman Christian Donahue was 3 for 5 with a double and one run scored.
Third baseman Austin Filiere was 2 for 5 with two RBI.