The Iowa Cubs shut out the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 3-0.
Starter Colin Rea was terrific over seven scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits. Rea struck out five and walked no one. He’d only thrown 73 pitches and probably could have finished the shutout, but . . .
Pedro Strop made his first rehab appearance, relieving Rea in the eighth inning. Strop gave up a weak single up the middle to the first hitter he faced. The second one hit a soft line drive to the mound that Strop turned into an easy double play. The third batter hit the ball the hardest, but it was still an easy fly to medium-deep left field. Strop threw six pitches, all of which were strikes.
Junichi Tazawa pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first save this year. All three outs were flyouts to a corner outfielder.
Iowa now has a seven-game lead in their division. Dare we dream of Iowa’s first playoff appearance since 2008?
The Tennessee Smokies were shelled by the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 7-1.
Oscar De La Cruz had a rough outing, giving up two runs in the first, two in the second and a solo home run in the fifth. The final line on De La Cruz was five runs on five hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Connor Myers singled home Gioskar Amaya with the only Smokies run of the game in the seventh inning. Myers was 1 for 3 and Amaya was 1 for 4.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Coming home to take on Potomac tomorrow night.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were sunk by the Lake County Captains (Indians), 10-3.
Starter Peyton Remy got the loss after allowing six runs on six hits over five innings. Remy struck out three, walked two and hit two batters.
Center fielder Brennen Davis went 2 for 4 with a triple. He scored twice.
DH Rafelin Lorenzo was 2 for 4.