Zach Hedges started had his best appearance in Triple-A all season and it came in Colorado Springs. Go figure. (He allowed six runs in 1.2 innings of relief in CS this past Wednesday.) Hedges allowed two runs on four hits over five innings. One of those hits was a solo home run to former Cub Andres Blanco. Hedges struck out three and did not walk anyone.
Brad Markey pitched the bottom of the ninth and got the win when Iowa scored four in the top of the tenth. Markey gave up a two-out infield single, but nothing else. Markey struck out one batter.
Right fielder Bijan Rademacher entered the game as part of a double-switch in the fifth inning and went home the hero. Rademacher had a two-run double in the top of the ninth to send the game to extras and a two-run single in the tenth. Rademacher was 2 for 3 with a double and four RBI.
Third baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 5. He scored twice and had one run batted in.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 4 with a walk as pretty much all the damage came from the 7-8-9 spots of the lineup. He scored twice.
Left fielder Efren Navarro was 2 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies shut out the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 4-0.
Starter Michael Rucker got the win after he went six innings and allowed just two hits. He walked three (one intentional) and struck out four.
Dakota Mekkes got a 1.2 inning save. Mekkes surrendered one hit and struck out four while walking no one.
Left fielder Vimael Machin went 3 for 5 with one run batted in.
Second baseman Trent Giambrone was 2 for 4 with a double.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 3-0.
Tyson Miller threw the first six innings and gave up just three hits. He only walked one and struck out four as he improved his record to 5-4.
Wyatt Short entered the game in the eighth inning and he struck out all four batters he faced for his fourth save.
DH Jhonny Pereda was 2 for 4 with one run batted in and one run scored.
Third baseman Wladimir Galindo went 2 for 4 and scored once.
Right fielder Luis Ayala was 2 for 4 and scored once.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs boarded and seized the Lake County Captains (Indians), 14-7.
Starter Javier Assad put the Cubs in an early 6-2 hole after he was hammered for six runs on eight hits, including two solo home runs, in 3.1 innings. Assad walked two and struck out three. He also hit one batter.
Jeffrey Passantino, a 40th-round draft pick last summer, made his South Bend debut and got the win after South Bend exploded for three runs in the fourth inning and eight in the fifth. Passatino allowed one run on two hits (mainly just a solo home run) over 1.2 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
First baseman Jared Young smacked his first home run of the year over the center field fence with the bases-empty in the bottom of the first inning. Young was 1 for 4 with a walk and two RBI. He scored twice.
Catcher Michael Cruz clubbed his seventh home run of the year with a man on to open that eight-run fifth inning. Later in the inning, Cruz finished it off with a bases-loaded three-run double. So that’s five RBI in one inning.
Cruz’s final line was 2 for 5 with a hit by pitch. He scored twice.
Right fielder Nelson Velazquez was 3 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. Velazquez scored three times and had one run batted in.
Center fielder Zach Davis went 2 for 5 with three RBI.
Left fielder Roberto Caro was 2 for 4 with a steal. He scored twice and had one run batted in.