The top four teams in the Cubs minor league system allowed a total of seven runs tonight. And one of those runs came from the runner who starts on second base in extra innings.
The Iowa Cubs stopped the Fresno Grizzlies (Nationals), 3-2.
Colin Rea started and got the win tonight, pitching five innings and allowed two runs on four hits. One of the runs was unearned, although it was Rea’s own errant pickoff throw that made it unearned. Rea walked two and struck out two. With the win, Rea is now tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in wins with seven.
Tony Barnette, Dillon Maples, Randy Rosario and Rowan Wick each threw a scoreless inning. Wick got the save. He gave up a two-out hit in the ninth inning, the only hit the Grizzlies got off the Iowa pen. Wick did not walk or strike anyone out.
Ian Happ was 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI in the first inning. Both of Happ’s hits were slow grounders to second base that he just beat out with his speed. Happ also stole two bases.
Jim Adduci was 2 for 4. He scored in the first inning and singled home Dixon Machado in the fifth inning to break a 2--2 tie. Adduci now has an 11-game hitting streak.
The Tennessee Smokies netted the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Twins), 4-3 in ten innings.
Starter Tyson Miller allowed just two runs on six hits over 6.2 innings. Miller walked two and struck out six.
Tommy Nance stranded two runners inherited from Miller in the seventh inning and then pitched 2.1 total innings without allowing a run or a hit to get the win. The only baserunner Nance allowed reached on an error. Nance struck out two.
Bailey Clark pitched the bottom of the tenth and gave up two singles and an unearned run, but that was enough to get the save thanks in part to a game-ending 6-4-3 double play. Clark struck out one.
First baseman Jared Young hit a two-run single in the top of the tenth that ended up being the difference in the game. He was 2 for 5.
Center fielder Roberto Caro was 2 for 5 with two steals. He scored on Young’s single in the tenth and he had an RBI single in the seventh.
Catcher P.J. Higgins was 2 for 4 with a walk.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Erich Uelmen started and got the loss after allowing one run on four hits over six innings. Uelmen walked three and struck out two.
Shortstop Aramis Ademan went 2 for 4. That’s two of the BIrds’ three hits.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs hammered the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 5-1.
Starter Brailyn Marquez gave up just one run on four hits over five innings. Marquez walked three and struck out seven.
Brendan King relieved Marquez and got the win after retiring all nine batters he faced. King struck out three.
First baseman Tyler Durna hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning. It was his third of the year. Durna was 1 for 3 with a walk. He scored twice.