Remember how yesterday the Cubs farm system banged out 41 runs and gave up 38? Today the Smokies had the day off, but the three remaining teams scored only three runs total. But they allowed just two and went 2-1 on the day.
The Iowa Cubs served up the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 2-1 in ten innings.
Adbert Alzolay was terrific over the first six innings, giving up just one run on two hits. He struck out nine and walked just one, but it was intentional. Alzolay retired the first 12 batters of the game before giving up a leadoff single in the fifth.
James Norwood pitched a scoreless ninth inning and then a perfect tenth inning to get the win. The only baserunner Norwood allowed was a one-out walk in the ninth, but he erased him with a double play. Norwood struck out one.
Phillip Evans had an RBI double in the top of the first inning and that was the last run Iowa would score until the ninth. Evans went 2 for 4.
Evans also started the tenth inning on second base. He went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Francisco Arcia.
On the road to Biloxi.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut out by the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 1-0.
Javier Assad gave up a run in the bottom of the first inning and that was it for the scoring today. Assad allowed one run on four hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out seven.
Ben Hecht tossed two scoreless innings of relief. He gave up one hit, walked no one and struck out four.
Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was 2 for 3 with a walk.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs shut out the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 1-0.
Cam Sanders pitched the first five innings and got the win. He allowed just two hits. Sanders walked one and struck out seven.
In very good news, Jose Albertos pitched the next two innings of relief and gave up just one hit and one walk while striking out one. Albertos threw 23 pitches, 15 of which were strikes. He did have one wild pitch.
Jack Patterson had the exact same line over the next two innings—one run, one walk, one strikeout—to collect his first professional save.
Christopher Morel doubled to lead off the second inning. He then stole third base and scored on a Rafelin Lorenzo sac fly. Morel went 1 for 4. Lorenzo was 1 for 2.