First baseman Jared Young is moving from South Bend to Myrtle Beach. Young was hitting .313/.368/.525 with ten home runs in 69 games. Going the other way is first baseman Austin Upshaw, who put up a .203/.252/.280 line in High-A this year.
The Iowa Cubs were drowned out by the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 5-3.
Jen-Ho Tseng gave up four runs, including two home runs, in the bottom of the first inning. The first batter he faced, Ramon Laureano, took him deep. But Tseng then settled down and didn’t allow a hit after the first inning. The final line on Tseng was five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits, two of which were home runs. Tseng walked two, hit one batter and struck out seven.
First baseman Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 4 with an RBI and one run scored.
Center fielder Trey Martin went 2 for 4.
In game one, Keegan Thompson turned in his second-straight scoreless start for the Smokies. Thompson went five innings and surrendered just three hits. He struck out two and walked two. After getting hammered for 8 runs in his first Double-A start after being promoted from Myrtle Beach, Thompson has not allowed a run over the last 11.1 innings.
Wyatt Short threw the final two innings and got the save, although he did allow two baserunners in both innings. Short allowed two hits and issued two walks. He struck out one.
Shortstop Zack Short and second basemen Trent Giambrone hit back-to-back doubles in the fourth inning for the only run of the game. Both players were 1 for 3.
In game two, starter Daury Torrez gave up just one run on three hits over four innings. Torrez struck out two and did not walk a batter.
Zach Hedges pitched two perfect innings and got the win when the Smokies scored two runs in the top of the seventh. Hedges did not strike anyone out.
Center fielder Connor Myers singled to lead off the top of the seventh with the score tied 1-1. He immediately stole second base and scored the go-ahead run on an error. Myers was 1 for 2 with a walk.
Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 3 with a double.
The Smokies have won seven of their last eight games and at 11-5, they have a 1.5 game lead in their division in the second-half.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans grounded the Buies Creek Astros, 4-2.
Bryan Hudson started and got the win. Hudson went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out three.
Jhon Romero came on with one out in the eighth for a five-out save. He allowed on single, but nothing else. He struck out one.
Third baseman Wladimir Galindo tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth with his fourth home run of the season. Galindo was 1 for 4 with the one RBI and one run scored.
The Pelicans took the lead with a three-run sixth inning, with all three runs scoring after two were out. DH Jhonny Pereda had an RBI single in the sixth for the first Pelicans run of the game. Pereda was 2 for 4.
Catcher P.J. Higgins hit an RBI single to give the Birds the lead in the sixth. Higgins went 1 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs nailed the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 4-2.
Starter Javier Assad was terrific over five scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits, both singles. He struck out two, walked two and hit one batter.
Manuel Rodriguez vultured the win. He came on in relief of Assad in the sixth inning and he gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk over just one inning. Rodriguez struck out two.
Brian Glowicki pitched the ninth inning and got the save. He allowed a one-out walk, but no other baserunners. Glowicki struck out one.
Left fielder Chris Singleton doubled with two outs in the top of the seventh inning and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Christian Donahue. Singleton went 2 for 3 with a walk. Donahue was 1 for 4.
Catcher Miguel Amaya continues to rake. Tonight, he went 3 for 4 with two doubles. Amaya scored once.
The Eugene Emeralds were tripped up by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 5-1.
Brailyn Marquez turned in another solid start, going four innings and giving up just one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Dalton Geekie entered this game in the eighth inning and threw two pitches before he collapsed in pain, holding his right arm or shoulder. I don’t want to speculate, but Geekie is coming back from having missed all of 2017 with Tommy John surgery.
The Ems lone run came on Nico Hoerner’s first professional home run in the sixth inning. Hoerner was 1 for 4.
The Ems only had four hits tonight.
Cubs 2 were losing to the Rangers, 11-1 in the 8th inning.