Jhon Romero was the player the Cubs sent to the Nationals for Brandon Kintzler. Romero is a 23-year-old right-hander that the Cubs signed out of Colombia in 2015. He had a great stretch in late June and most of July in Myrtle Beach. As the Pelicans closer, he allowed just one run in 12.1 innings over 8 appearances and recorded five saves in five attempts from June 17 to July 22. His two most recent appearances were poor, however.
For the whole season in High-A, Romero has gone 1-2 with nine saves and a 3.27 ERA over 44 innings. He struck out 57 and walked 17. Mostly, he just throws his 92 to 95 mph fastball. His other pitches aren’t really worth mentioning other than he uses them mostly just to give hitters a different look.
Congratulations to Erick Leal, who was the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week. Leal pitched 8.1 scoreless innings over two appearances. He allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out 11.
Traveling home from the West Coast
Rained out. Doubleheader on Wednesday.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans slammed the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 10-7.
Alex Lange had a rough start, lasting just three innings and getting hammered for five runs on seven hits. Lange walked one and struck out two.
The win went to Casey Bloomquist, who relieved Lange and allowed two runs on three hits over 2.1 innings. One of the two runs was unearned. Bloomquist walked one and struck out one.
Ryan Kellogg pitched the ninth and got the save, but not without some drama and a bad decision by the Wood Ducks. Kellogg loaded the bases with one out in the ninth on a walk and two singles. The next batter hit a shallow fly to center field and for some reason the runner from third tried to score down three runs in the top of the ninth. Pelicans center fielder D.J. Wilson threw a strike to catcher Jhonny Pereda for a game-ending double play.
Shortstop Andruw Monasterio hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, just his second home run on the season. Monasterio was 3 for 5 and scored twice.
First baseman Jared Young led off the fifth inning with his 13th home run of the year and third for the Birds. Young went 1 for 2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly. He scored three runs.
Third baseman Wladimir Galindo had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 night. He scored once.
Wilson went 2 for 4 with two steals. Wilson scored twice.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were swept away by the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers) 6-5.
Erling Moreno was given a 4-0 lead after half an inning, but he gave up two in the bottom of the first and two in the second to cough up the lead. He then shut down the Whitcaps for the next five innings, but gave up two more in the eighth to take the loss.
Moreno’s final line was six runs on eight hits over 7.1 innings. Three of the six runs were unearned. He struck out five and walked no one.
Third baseman Austin Filiere went 3 for 4 with a walk and one run scored. However, the one time he was retired was a game-ending groundout with runners on the corners and two out in the bottom of the ninth.
Center fielder Zach Davis went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.
Catcher Miguel Amaya went 2 for 4 with a walk. He had an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth and he scored in the first inning.
Left fielder Christian Donahue went 2 for 4 with a two-run double in the first inning. He later scored in the first.
The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 6-3.
Zach Mort pitched the first three innings and got the loss. Mort allowed two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Center fielder Nelson Velazquez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his sixth of the year.
Second baseman Levi Jordan went 2 for 4 and scored once.
Right fielder Jonathan Sierra was 2 for 4.
Cubs 2 were off.