The Iowa Cubs held up the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 4-1.
I’d like to say that Cubs starter Duane Underwood Jr. was unhittable today, but he did give up a clean single int he bottom of the first inning. But that was the only hit Underwood allowed over seven strong scoreless innings. Underwood struck out seven and walked two as he collected his first win of the season.
After Shea Simmons walked a batter with two outs in the ninth, Anthony Bass was summoned from the bullpen to close out the game. He struck out the only batter he faced to pick up his first save of the year.
The other story of the day was second baseman David Bote, who was 5 for 5 today with a solo home run in the seventh inning. Bote scored two runs and drove in two.
The Tennessee Smokies abolished the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 6-2.
Michael Rucker gave up a two-run home run to Eloy Jimenez in the fifth inning, but those were the only runs he allowed on the day as he collected his second win. Rucker gave up five hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Shortstop Zack Short hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Smokies a lead that they would never relinquish. Short was 1 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base. He scored twice.
Center fielder Charcer Burks gave the Smokies an insurance run with a solo home run in the ninth. It was his first home run of the year. Burks was 1 for 4.
Left fielder Jeffrey Baez went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI single. He scored once.
First baseman Jason Vosler was 2 for 4 with a two-run double. He also scored one run.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut out by the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 4-0.
Jose Paulino gave up just one run and one hit over the first five innings, but he got knocked around four three runs in the sixth and took the loss. Paulino allowed four runs on three hits over six innings. He struck out six and only walked one, but he did hit two batters.
Hillcats pitcher Zach Plesac (Dan’s nephew) threw a nine-inning complete game two-hitter against the Pelicans. Plesac accomplished the feat with only 74 pitches. He didn’t walk anyone and he struck out three.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs beat the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals), 5-4 to win their annual series two games to one.
Starting pitcher Rollie Lacy only went four innings and he gave up two runs on six hits. He walked one and did not strike anyone out.
Jesus Camargo relieved Lacy and got the win because Lacy didn’t throw five innings. Camargo went three innings and allowed two runs on four hits, but really just on a two-run home run. Camargo walked two and struck out two.
Enrique De Los Rios pitched the final two innings and retired all six batters he faced to get the save. De Los Rios struck out two.
The Cubs scored all five of their runs in the third inning, punctuated by a three-run home run by catcher Michael Cruz. It was his fourth home run of the year. Cruz was 1 for 4.
Shortstop Jhonny Bethencourt went 2 for 4 and scored once.