After a disappointing result in St. Louis, I’m happy to tell you that there was good news down on the farm Friday night.
I’m kidding. All four teams lost.
The Iowa Cubs were derailed by the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 4-3.
Starter Alec Mills gave the I-Cubs a chance to win, going seven innings and allowing three runs on just four hits. He struck out seven and walked one.
In fact, outside of the third inning when Mills allowed all three of his runs, he gave up just one baserunner the rest of his outing. That was a leadoff triple in the fourth inning and Mills stranded him on third.
After Iowa scored two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game up, Round Rock won on a walk-off strikeout and error. Reliever Cory Mazzoni had runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth when he struck out Hanser Alberto on a wild pitch. Catcher Taylor Davis thew the ball to first away, allowing the runner on second to score the winning run.
Mazzoni gave up one unearned run on two hits over two-thirds of an inning. Mazzoni struck out two and did not walk anyone.
Third baseman Ryan Court led off the game with a home run, his fourth of the season. Court was 1 for 5.
Second baseman David Bote singled home pinch-hitter Jacob Hannemann in the top of the ninth to tie the game up at 3-3. Bote was 2 for 4 with a walk.
The Tennessee Smokies were subjected to the suzerainty of the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 5-4.
Starter Thomas Hatch took the loss after he allowed three runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings. Hatch walked four and struck out three.
First baseman Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 4.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans coughed up a fur ball against the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 7-3.
Alex Lange held the Hillcats scoreless over the first five innings. Unfortunately, that meant he started the sixth inning and he failed to retire any of the four batters he faced in the sixth. Jordan Minch relieved Lange and allowed two inherited runners to score and two more of his own as the Hillcats had a six-run sixth inning.
The final line on Lange, who took his first loss of the year, was four runs on six hits over 5+ innings. Lange struck out five, walked two and hit one batter.
Center fielder Connor Myers was 2 for 3 with a walk.
Third baseman Wladimir Galindo went 2 for 4 with a double and a sacrifice fly.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs got blitzed by the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals), 12-3.
Starter Javier Assad took his first loss of the year as he didn’t make it out of the third inning. Assad was tagged for six runs on six hits over 2.2 innings. Two of the six runs were unearned. Assad walked three and struck out only one.
Center fielder Zach Davis was a perfect 3 for 3 with a double. (Although he was caught stealing, so maybe not perfect.) Davis had one RBI and one run scored.