Yesterday, all four teams lost. Today, all four teams won. I guess the major leaguers didn’t get the message.
The Cubs named Smokies outfielder Jeffrey Baez and Pelicans pitcher Matt Swarmer as their Minor League player and pitcher of the month.
The Iowa Cubs stopped the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 7-3.
Adbert Alzolay was pretty solid for the first four scoreless innings, but he got in trouble in the fifth and couldn’t finish the inning. The final line on Alzolay was three runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings. Alzolay struck out three and walked one.
Rob Zastryzny put down the uprising in the fifth inning and was awarded the win because Alzolay didn’t go five innings. Zastryzny pitched 1.2 innings and gave up just one hit and no runs. He walked one and did not have a strikeout.
The I-Cub scored four runs in the third inning, punctuated by a two-run home run by David Bote. Bote was 2 for 4 with a walk tonight and he scored twice. The home run was his fourth this season.
First baseman Efren Navarro was 2 for 5 with an RBI double in the eighth inning that scored Bote. Navarro scored later in the eighth.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann went 2 for 3 with a double and a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning. Hannemann scored once.
The Tennessee Smokies usurped the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 3-1.
Oscar De La Cruz was terrific tonight, giving up just two hits and no runs over his 5.2 inning start. De La Cruz struck out ten and walked three.
Craig Brooks pitched the final two innings of the game and got the save, but not without causing some heartburn first. He loaded up the bases with two outs and then walked in a run before getting a fly out to end the game. The final line on Brooks was one run on two hits over two innings. Brooks struck out three and walked two.
All three Smokies runs scored in the first inning. Shortstop Zack Short hit a two-run double and then later scored on an Ian Rice single. Short was 1 for 3 with a walk. Rice went 1 for 3.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans declawed the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 2-1.
Matt Swarmer kept up his strong start to the season by tossing 6.2 scoreless innings tonight and collecting his third win of the year. Swarmer gave up four hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven.
Tyler Peyton pitched the ninth and got his first save of the season. Peyton gave up a two-out single, but nothing else. He struck out two.
Second baseman Andruw Monasterio was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and two walks. He scored once.
Catcher Jhonny Pereda was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored one run and drove in one.
First baseman Austin Upshaw went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Third baseman Wladimir Galindo was 3 for 5.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs downed the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals), 9-7.
Starter Brendon Little got his first pro win tonight, although he did allow five runs over six innings. He surrendered nine hits, but Little did strike out seven batters and he walked just one.
It was a big night for Brendons as Brendon King got his first pro save after allowing no runs and just one hit over 1.1 innings. King struck out one and did not walk anyone.
The SB Cubs had three solo home runs in this game. The first was a blast by DH Michael Cruz in the second inning, his fourth of the year. Cruz was 1 for 4.
Third baseman Austin Filiere connected for his second home run of the year in the fifth inning. Filiere went 1 for 5.
Finally, second baseman Jared Young connected for his third home run of the year in the seventh inning. Young was 3 for 5 and also hit a two-run double in the third. He had three total RBI and he scored twice.
Second baseman Yeiler Peguero was 3 for 5 with a double and a triple. Peguero scored two runs and drove in one.
Center fielder Chris Singleton was 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.