Just remember: While you’re watching Taylor Davis, he’s watching you right back.
The Iowa Cubs devoured the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 13-3.
Jen-Ho Tseng was the beneficiary of this offensive explosion, but he did suffer from some control issues. Tseng allowed three runs on two hits over six innings, so that meets the textbook definition of a “quality start.” However, Tseng did walk six batters over those six innings and he struck out just two.
The I-Cubs jumped on New Orleans starter Ben Meyer for four runs in the first inning and reliever Joe Gunkel for five runs in the second.
Catcher Taylor Davis led the way for the offense with a career-high six RBI. Davis was 4 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.
Here’s his two-run double.
First baseman Efren Navarrro was a perfect 4 for 4 with two doubles and a walk.
Right fielder Mark Zagunis went a perfect 2 for 2 with three walks, one of the most Zagunis batting lines ever. Zagunis scored two runs and had one RBI.
Shortstop David Bote was 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored. Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and had two RBI.
Second baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 5 with one run batted in.
The Tennessee Smokies were speared by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 2-0.
Starter Thomas Hatch got stuck with the loss after he allowed two runs on six hits over 5.2 innings. He walked four and struck out five.
Left fielder Eddy Martinez was 2 for 4 with a double.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were dirtied up by the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 4-1 in ten innings.
Bailey Clark made his first start of the season tonight, after pitching out of the bullpen previously. He gave up one run on three hits over four innings. Clark walked two and struck out three.
Erick Leal made his season debut tonight with two scoreless innings of relief.
The loss went to Jordan Minch, who gave up a three-run walk-off home run after two were out in the bottom of the tenth. Minch also pitched the ninth, so the final line on him was three runs, two earned, on two hits over 1.2 innings. Minch struck out one and intentionally walked one batter in the tenth before Keston Hiura took him deep to end the game.
Catcher Jhonny Pereda scored the lone Pelicans run in the eighth inning on a Luis Ayala single. Pereda went 2 for 3 with two walks and Ayala was 1 for 3 with a walk.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs calmed the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 4-2.
Cory Abbott started and got his third win of the season after allowing one run on four hits over six innings. Abbot walked three and struck out five.
Brian Glowicki put down an uprising in the eighth inning when he was summoned from the pen with two outs and runners on the corners. He ended the eighth with a grounder to short and then pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
The final line on Glowicki was no runs and no hits over 1.1 innings. He did walk one batter in the ninth and he did not strike anyone out.
Center fielder Zach Davis was 2 for 3 with a walk and two steals. He scored one run and had one run batted in.