A quick congratulations to Smokies Robel Garcia and Tyson Miller, who were named the official Cubs Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month respectively.
We’re starting with South Bend tonight because:
South Bend Cubs
South Bend pitchers Derek Casey and Peyton Remy combined to no-hit the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 2-0.
Casey started this game and threw seven perfect innings. He struck out six. I don’t need to tell you he was terrific.
Casey had an ERA of 8.40 coming into this game. It was his first professional win.
Remy relieved Casey after seven innings and 70 pitches. The first batter he faced hit a hard-hit grounder right at shortstop Andy Weber, who muffed it for an error. Remy would pick that runner off first base, but he later walked a batter in the eighth.
With two outs in the ninth, there was a little controversy as Gabriel Maciel hit a hard smash grounder to third base, where Christopher Morel had to make a terrific diving stop. However, when Morel got up to throw, he threw high to first. The throw had beat Maciel by a bit, so an accurate throw would have gotten him. It was ruled an error. The next batter hit a foul pop to Morel to complete the no-hitter.
Remy’s final line was one walk and three strikeouts over two innings.
Victor Caratini caught the first four innings of this game on a rehab assignment. He was 1 for 2 with a double.
The only runs of the game came on Tyler Durna’s first home run of the season in the fifth inning. Durna was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI.
The Kernels pitcher, Josh Winder, threw an eight-inning complete game three-hitter.
The Iowa Cubs won their seventh-straight game by sweeping the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 6-3. It was Iowa’s first series sweep in Omaha since 2008.
Starter Colin Rea went 5.2 innings and allowed just one run on five hits. Rea struck out three and walked two.
Xavier Cedeno relieved Rea with the bases empty in the sixth and gave up a double and a walk before getting a fly out to end the inning. Cedeno got the win when Iowa took the lead in the top of the seventh.
DH Wynton Bernard was a perfect 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. He also stole a base.
Left fielder Donnie Dewees stayed hot, going 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI single in the seventh inning. Dewees was also hit by a pitch.
Catcher Francisco Arcia went 2 for 3 with a double and three total RBI.
Third baseman Phillip Evans was 0 for 1 with four walks. He scored one run.
The Tennessee Smokies couldn’t hide from the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 3-2.
Tyson Miller has been even better in May than he was in April. After a start on May 1 where he went 6.1 innings without allowing a run, tonight Miller pitched another six scoreless innings. He gave up three hits. Miller walked one and struck out five.
Manuel Rondon pitched the other two innings and took the loss after surrendering three runs on three hits and a walk. He did not record a strikeout.
The Smokies had four hits in this game, all singles. They struck out 12 times, although they did walk six times.
Shortstop Vimael Machin was 1 for 3 with an RBI single and a walk.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Travel day. Heading to take on the Wood Ducks.