The Iowa Cubs scolded the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 4-2.
Trevor Clifton had a strong start tonight and picked up his third Iowa win. He gave up just one run on two hits over 5.2 innings. Clifton struck out five, walked one and hit one batter.
Dillon Maples came on for the save in the ninth inning and no one who knows Maples should be surprised by his performance. He faced five batters. Two of them he walked. The other three he struck out.
By striking out the side with two walks for his 9th save of the year tonight, @IowaCubs RHP Dillon Maples has now gone 23 consecutive outings without giving up an earned run for the I-Cubs. 67 strikeouts in 35.2 IP this year, which is good for 16.9 K/9.— Alex Cohen (@voiceofcohen) August 11, 2018
Left fielder Chris Coghlan gave the I-Cubs a 1-0 lead with his second home run of the year in the third inning. Coghlan was 1 for 5.
Right fielder Mark Zagunis went 2 for 3 with an RBI single in the fifth. He and another runner circled the bases on the play after two Baby Cakes throwing errors.
Second baseman Stephen Bruno went 2 for 4 and was hit by a pitch. He scored on that Little League home run.
The Tennessee Smokies were tripped up by the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 3-2.
The Smokies wasted a terrific start from Michael Rucker, who gave up a triple in the fifth inning for the only hit he allowed on the night. The runner then scored on a sacrifice fly for his only run allowed.
The final line on Rucker was one run on one hit over six innings. He struck out four, walked one and hit one batter.
After the Shuckers tied the game in the top of the eighth inning on a Corey Ray home run off of Zach Hedges, Jake Stinnett came on to pitch the ninth inning and took the loss after giving up a run on three hits. Stinnett did not strike anyone out and walked one batter intentionally.
Shortstop Zack Short led off the bottom of the first inning with his 14th home run of the season. Short was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks.
The Smokies other run came on a fourth inning home run by first baseman Yasiel Balaguert. It was Balaguert’s eighth this year. He went 1 for 4.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans broke the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 6-5. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Birds.
Cory Abbott started and got the win. He just two runs on four hits over five innings. Abbott walked one and struck out four.
Tyler Peyton pitched the ninth inning and had an adventure, but he managed to naildown his eighth save. Peyton gave up a one-out home run and then loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. But a strikeout and a grounder to first ended the game.
The Pelicans exploded for five runs on three home runs in the third inning. Center fielder Zach Davis hit his first home run of the year with the bases empty and one out. After two walks and a fly out, left fielder Jared Young connected for a two-out, three-run home run to give the Pelicans a 4-2 lead. Andruw Monasterio then went back-to-back with Young for his third home run of the season.
Davis was 1 for 3 tonight. Young went 1 for 4. It was his 15th home run of the year and fifth for the Pelicans. Monasterio was also 1 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were tarred and feathered by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 6-3 in ten innings.
Starter Brendon Little gave up three runs, two earned, on eight hits over 4.2 innings. Little walked two and struck out five.
Luis Aquino pitched the tenth inning and took the loss after he surrendered three runs, two of which were unearned. Aquino allowed just one hit, but he also walked two batters while striking out one.
Catcher Miguel Amaya had a nice night at the plate as he was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. Amaya had one RBI. He had a less nice night behind the plate as the Loons stole nine bases in ten tries and he made an error in the tenth that led to one run.
(Correction: Eight of those nine steals were off of Cam Belago, who is just learning to be a catcher. One steal, the caught stealing and the error were on Amaya. My apologies.)
Second baseman Clayton Daniel was 2 for 5 and scored one run.
Paul Richan pitched the first three innings without giving up a run. Richan allowed two hits. He walked one and struck out two.
The loss went to Mitch Strophel, but the four runs he allowed come with a bit of a caveat: three of them scored after he left the game when Robinson Cano hit a grand slam of Sean Berry. The final line on Strophel was four runs on three hits and two walks over 2.1 innings. Strophel did not strike anyone out.
The slam by Cano was the only hit that Berry allowed over 1.2 innings and he struck out four and walked no one.
Catcher Caleb Knight hit his first professional home run with the bases empty in the fifth inning. Knight also doubled in a 2 for 4 effort.
Third baseman Luke Reynolds went 2 for 4 with an RBI double.
Mike Freeman and Bailey Clark both played in this game on rehab assignment.
Cubs 2 were off.