Big rehab news in Double-A tonight.
The Tennessee Smokies smoked the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 6-2.
Matt Swarmer was terrific over six scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits, both singles. He retired the first 14 batters of the game. Swarmer struck out five and did not walk anyone.
But what you’re probably really interested in is Kris Bryant, who made a rehab appearance in Tennessee tonight. Bryant clubbed a two-run home run in the seventh inning. He also had an RBI single in a 2 for 4 game. He scored twice. Bryant played seven innings at third base and committed one throwing error, but that was on the infield single that broke up the no-hitter in the fifth inning.
DH Vimael Machin also homered in this game, his third for the Smokies and fifth overall. Machin hit his with the bases empty in the third inning. He was 1 for 4.
Left fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 3 with a double, a walk and a stolen base. Burks scored twice, including on the Bryant HR.
Second baseman Trent Giambrone went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI single in the first inning.
Here’s Bryant’s HR.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans slipped on the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 3-1.
Starter Alex Lange took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits over five innings. Lange walked three and struck out four.
Right fielder Roberto Caro went 2 for 3 with a double and was hit by a pitch. He also stole two bases and scored the Pelicans only run of the game.
Center fielder D.J. Wilson went 2 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs broke the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 5-3.
Ricky Tyler Thomas got the start and allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. Thomas struck out five and did not walk anyone.
The South Bend bullpen was perfect tonight as Enrique De Los Rios and Ben Hecht combined to retire the final nine Lugnuts in order, which gave the Cubs a chance to take the lead with a two-run eighth inning.
De Los Rios pitched two innings and struck out three. It was his first win of the year.
Hecht did not have a strikeout in his fourth save.
Catcher Miguel Amaya was 2 for 4 with an RBI single that broke the 3-3 tie in the eighth inning. Amaya also scored one run.
Third baseman Austin Filiere went 3 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Shortstop Rafael Narea went 2 for 4 and scored one run.
The Eugene Emeralds were tripped up by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 4-2.
Starter Ryan Williams held the Hops off the board for four innings, but Hillsboro broke through for three runs in the fifth. The final line on Williams was three runs, two earned, on five hits over five innings. Williams walked one and struck out three.
Left fielder Nelson Velazquez went 2 for 4 with one run batted in.
Cubs 1 were off.
Cubs 2 were rained out.