Welcome to day 2 of the minor league season. Just 138 games to go.
The Iowa Cubs were silenced by the Nashville Sounds (Rangers), 8-2.
Duane Underwood Jr. started tonight’s game in Nashville and took the loss. Underwood allowed four runs on four hits and four walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out two.
Brian Duensing allowed three runs on five hits in the one inning he threw. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.
Left fielder Donnie Dewees had the big game for the I-Cubs, coming just a double short of the cycle. Dewees was 3 for 3 with a triple and a home run. He scored both of Iowa’s runs.
Shortstop Zack Short was 2 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Mississippi Braves, 4-3 in 11 innings.
Cory Abbott started for Tennessee and he gave up just one run on three hits over five innings. Abbott struck out two and walked one.
The loss went to Manuel Rondon, who pitched both the tenth and eleventh innings. He allowed two runs, one earned (that’s what the boxscore says. I’m not sure why they both aren’t unearned) on two hits. He struck out two and intentionally walked one.
Shortstop Nico Hoerner was 2 for 4 with an RBI double. He also walked once.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were clawed by the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 7-5.
Bryan Hudson pitched the first five innings and allowed two runs on seven hits, including a solo home run. Hudson struck out six and walked just one.
The loss went to Brendan King, who allowed a two-run home run in the seventh inning. King’s final line was two runs on five hits over 2.2 innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Catcher Miguel Amaya clubbed a tremendous solo home run to dead center field in the third inning. Amaya went 2 for 4 with two RBI.
Here are the highlights and you can see Amaya’s HR and RBI single.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs calmed the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 1-0. It’s the first time in 13 seasons that South Bend has won the first two games of the year.
Cam Sanders allowed just three singles over five innings and got the win. Sanders struck out two and walked once.
Jeffrey Passantino relieved Sanders and gave up just one hit over three innings. Passantino struck out six and did not walk anyone.
Riley McCauley pitched a perfect ninth for the save. He struck out one.
Tyler Durna singled to lead off the second inning and scored on a Rafelin Lorenzo ground out. Durna was 1 for 4 and Lorenzo was 0 for 3.
There weren’t many highlights, but here are some.