The Iowa Cubs hit all the right notes against the Nashville Sounds (Rangers), 5-3.
Colin Rea started and went 4.2 innings. He allowed three runs on five hits. Rea walked two and struck out two.
The win went to Ryan Williams because Rea didn’t go five innings. Williams loaded the bases on two hits and a walk in the sixth inning, but got out of the jam with no runs scoring. Williams struck out one over his 1.1 innings of work.
Dillon Maples relieved Williams and pitched one inning. He walked the first batter he faced, but then he struck out the next three, all swinging.
James Norwood threw the final two innings without allowing a run. He gave up one hit. Norwood struck out one and did not walk anyone.
All five I-Cubs runs came in a third-inning rally. The capper was a two-run double by Trent Giambrone. Giambrone was 1 for 5.
Right fielder Zach Borenstein went 3 for 5. He scored one run and drove one run in.
Shortstop Dixon Machado was 2 for 5. He also scored once and had one RBI.
The Tennessee Smokies topped the Mississippi Braves, 4-3.
Justin Steele made his first start of the year and battled, mostly successfully, over 3.2 innings. Steele allowed just one run on four hits and three walks. He struck out four.
Wyatt Short pitched a perfect top of the eighth and got the win when the Smokies scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. Short did not have a strikeout.
The save went to Ian Clarkin, who pitched the bottom of the ninth. The only baserunner he allowed was on an error, although it was his error. Clarkin also did not have strikeout.
The go-ahead run came in the bottom of the eighth when pinch-hitter Nico Hoerner walked with the bases loaded.
First baseman Jhonny Pereda hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and had an RBI groundout in the eighth. Pereda was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Catcher Erick Castillo went 2 for 3 with a successful RBI squeeze bunt in the eighth.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were docile before the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 3-0.
Javier Assad was the hard-luck loser today. He allowed just one run on three hits over five innings. Assad struck out five and walked two.
The Pelicans had just three hits today, all singles. Two of them were infield singles.
Highlights, such as they were. A couple of good defensive plays.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were swamped by the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 7-3.
Starter Riley Thompson pitched 4.2 innings and allowed three runs on six hits, although two of the three runs were unearned. Thompson struck out four and walked no one.
The loss went to Peyton Remy, who gave up four runs, all in the bottom of the eighth inning. Remy pitched three innings and gave up the four runs on five hits and a walk. One of the four runs was unearned. Remy struck out three.
Catcher Eric Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with an RBI double.
Third baseman Levi Jordan was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once.