The Iowa Cubs topped the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 8-3.
Luke Farrell was terrific for five innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. Farrell struck out seven and walked three.
Duane Underwood Jr. struggled in two innings of relief. He allowed two runs on three hits, all in the eighth inning. Underwood walked one (in the ninth inning) and struck out three.
I mention this because Underwood’s last three appearances have all been in relief, presumably to prepare him for a September call-up. However, he has given up at least one run in all of them.
Kris Bryant played third base for seven innings and was 1 for 2 with two walks. The hit was a weak flair to center field and it drove in a run. However, I wouldn’t worry about his shoulder strength from that because he absolutely hammered one to deep left field later in the game, but the ball curved foul. So basically, he looked healthy but was still working on getting his timing back.
First baseman Jason Vosler, however, hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. It was Vosler’s 22nd home run of the year and tenth with Iowa. He was 1 for 5.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann went 4 for 4 with two doubles. Hannemann scored twice.
Left fielder Chris Coghlan went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Coughlan scored once and had one run batted in.
Second baseman Mike Freeman was 2 for 4 with a walk. Freeman had one RBI and one run scored.
The Tennessee Smokies battered by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 9-6.
The Biscuits jumped on starter Keegan Thompson for two runs in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth. His final line was eight runs on ten hits over 3.2 innings. Thompson struck out four and did not walk anyone.
Shortstop Zack Short gave the Smokies a brief 3-2 lead when he hit his 17th home run of the year in the top of the third with a man on. Short went 1 for 5.
Third baseman P.J. Higgins went 2 for 5 with one run battted in.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans brought the Buies Creek Astros down to earth, 2-1.
Starter Tyson Miller allowed one run on four hits over 5.1 innings. Miller walked three and struck out five.
Yapson Gomez entered the game with runners on first and second and no one out in the top of the eighth inning. He got out of the inning with a 4-6-3 double play and a fly to right. He was perfect in the top of the ninth and got the win. He faced five batters, got six outs and did not strike any of them out.
Third baseman Wladimir Galindo led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off home run, his sixth homer of the season. Galindo was 3 for 4 tonight.
Zach Davis doubled home Aramis Ademan in the fifth inning for the other Pelicans run. Davis was 1 for 4 and Ademan was 1 for 2 with a double and a walk.
South Bend Cubs
Off day. They’ll start the final home series of the season on Wednesday.
Former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are scheduled to be in attendance at Wednesday’s game. They’re in town for a Habitat for Humanity project.
Off day. They’ll travel to Salem-Keizer for a three-game series starting on Wednesday. The two teams are tied for the final playoff spot in the Northwest League with six games to play.
Cubs 2’s season is over.