How many times a year do you think John Farrell calls up his son and says “I am your father, Luke.” in a deep voice? If I was him, I’d do it pretty much daily.
The Iowa Cubs frosted the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 5-4.
The I-Cubs almost wasted a terrific start from Duane Underwood Jr., who gave up just two runs on four hits over seven innings. Underwood retired the first nine batters he faced. He struck out three and did not walk anyone.
Alberto Baldonado let the Baby Cakes back in the game after two were out in the top of the ninth. After walking the first two batters, he retired the next two and it looked like a routine save. But Baldonado then hit a batter and gave up an RBI single to score one run and put the tying run on third with two outs. Shea Simmons was summoned from the pen to get the final out, but he gave up a game-tying infield single. He then struck out the next batter to end the top of the ninth and he got the win when Iowa scored in the bottom of the inning.
Yesterday, Bijan Rademacher drove in the winning run in the tenth inning with a base-loaded walk. Today, he drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly. Rademacher was 1 for 3 and he also walked with the bases-loaded again earlier in the game for two total RBI.
Second baseman David Bote was 2 for 3 with a walk and one run batted in.
Catcher Taylor Davis was 2 for 3 and he scored one run.
Shortstop Mike Freeman was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and one run driven in.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Rained out. Get used to it since hurricane season seems to have started early.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were beached by the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 6-2.
Starter Javier Assad got the loss after he allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings. Assad struck out seven and walked just one, so that’s a positive.
Third baseman Jhonny Bethencourt was 2 for 5 with one run batted in.
Left fielder Nelson Velazquez went 2 for 3 with a bases-loaded walk. He drove home both of South Bend’s runs.
First baseman Austin Filiere was 2 for 5 with a double.