The Cubs system scored a lot of runs tonight, but they also gave up a lot of runs.
The Iowa Cubs frosted the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 14-10.
Starter Duane Underwood Jr. got chased during a five-run fourth inning, leaving with the bases loaded and two outs. Luckily, reliever Rowan Wick got the final out of the inning with no more runs being scored, preventing a truly disastrous inning.
The final line on Underwood was seven runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings. Underwood struck out four and walked four, although one walk was intentional.
Dakota Mekkes gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie up the game, but he stayed on and got the win when Iowa scored four runs in the top of the ninth. The final line on Mekkes was two runs, one earned, on three hits over two innings. Mekkes walked one and struck out three.
First baseman Jim Adduci was the big hero today. Adduci hit a two-run home run in the third inning and a three-run double in the ninth, blowing the game open. Adduci’s final line was 3 for 6 with a double, the home run and six RBI. It was Adduci’s seventh home run this season.
Iowa hit two more home runs today. Left fielder Johnny Field hit a two-run home run later in the third inning, also his seventh of the year. Field was 2 for 6 and scored twice.
Catcher Taylor Davis hit a two-run blast in the seventh inning, his third with Iowa and fourth counting the majors. Davis went 3 for 4 with a walk.
Center fielder Ian Happ was 3 for 5 with a double and one walk. Happ scored four times and drove in one.
Right fielder Jacob Hannemann went 2 for 6 with a double and one RBI. He scored twice.
The Tennessee Smokies had their line snapped by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Twins), 11-10.
Cory Abbott started today and allowed three runs on four hits over 4.2 innings. Only one of the four runs was earned. Abbott struck out six and walked three.
The Smokies had a 10-4 lead in this game after six innings, but the bullpen gave up seven unanswered runs. Jake Stinnett allowed four runs in two innings of work. Ian Clarkin gave up three runs in just a third of an inning while Brad Markey got the loss when he surrendered a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning. Markey’s final line was one run on two hits over two innings. Markey walked one and did not strike anyone out.
Right fielder Roberto Caro hita solo home run in the sixth inning. It was his second of the year. Caro went 3 for 6 with a stolen base. He scored twice and drove in two.
Jared Young went 4 for 5 with a double. He scored one run and had two RBI.
Jhonny Pereda was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. Pereda had two runs batted in and one run scored.
Jesse Hodges went 3 for 5 with a triple and two runs knocked in. He scored one time.
Shortstop Vimael Machin was 2 for 5 with a double and a walk. Machin had one run batted in and one run scored.
DH Gioskar Amaya went 2 for 5. He had one run scored and one RBI.
Tennessee lost this game despite 19 hits.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were beaten by the WIlmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 6-5.
Starter Paul Richan allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings. Richan struck out four and did not walk anyone.
Manuel Rodriguez came on to pitch the bottom of the ninth with the game tied 5-5, but he made a three-base throwing error on a grounder to the pitcher. The winning run would then score on a sac fly. Rodriguez allowed one unearned run (his error though) on no hits and no walks over two-thirds of an inning. He did not have a walk or a strikeout.
Shortstop Aramis Ademan went 3 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Center fielder D.J. Wilson went 0 for 1 with three walks and a stolen base. He scored once and one of those walks came with the bases loaded for an RBI.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs outlasted the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 11-10 in 11 innings.
Starter Derek Casey went five innings and allowe four runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out five.
Zach Mort gave up three runs in the tenth and one in the eleventh, but got the win when South Bend scored three runs in the bottom of the tenth and two in the eleventh. However, all four runs were unearned, because of an error by third baseman Christopher Morel in the tenth and because the runner that starts the inning on second in extra innings is always unearned. So Mort’s final line was four unearned runs on three hits over two innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Morel made up for that mistake in the tenth inning when hit the walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the eleventh. Morel went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI.
Pinch hitter Gustavo Polanco hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth that tied the game and sent it to the eleventh. It was his first home run of the year and it was his first game with South Bend since April 11.
First baseman Tyler Durna went 3 for 5 with a walk. He had two runs batted in and scored twice.
Right fielder Jonathan Sierra was 3 for 6. He had one run batted in and one run scored.
Second baseman Delvin Zinn went 2 for 6 with a stolen base. He had one RBI and scored once.