The Iowa Cubs held up the Round Rock Express (Astros), 8-5.
Colin Rea had his first really bad start of the season, giving up five runs on eight hits over four innings. Two of the hits were solo home runs. Rea walked three and struck out five.
Pedro Strop pitched the bottom of the fifth inning and got the win after Iowa scored three times in the top of the sixth. He gave up a one out walk, but no other baserunners. He struck out one. Strop threw 14 pitches, seven for strikes.
Rowan Wick pitched the bottom of the ninth and got the save. He walked one batter and then gave up a single to bring the tying run to the plate with one out. But he ended the game after inducing a 5-4-3 double play. Wick did not have a strikeout.
Third baseman Phillip Evans hit two solo home runs today, one of six home runs Iowa hit in this game. He hit the first one in the fourth inning and the second one in the seventh. Evans was 2 for 4. He now has eight home runs this year.
Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez connected for his first home run as a Cub in the fifth inning. Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with the one RBI. He had one home run in the Indians organization.
DH Jacob Hannemann smacked his second home run with the bases empty in the fourth. Hannemann went 2 for 4.
First baseman Robel Garcia hit his organizational high 13th home run of the year (seventh with Iowa) with the bases empty in the sixth inning. Garcia went 1 for 5.
Finally, second baseman Trent Giambrone hit the only I-Cubs home run with runners on base today when he knocked out his ninth home run this season in the sixth inning. It was his ninth home run this year. Giambrone went 1 for 4.
Shortstop Luis Vazquez was 3 for 4 with a triple. He scored Iowa’s non-home run run on a Mark Zagunis ground out after the triple.
Here’s Evans’ first home run.
The Tennessee Smokies burnt the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 6-3.
Starter Oscar De La Cruz got the win after giving up just two runs on three hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Right fielder Roberto Caro had a monster game, going 5 for 6 with a double and a triple. Caro had two RBI.
Center fielder Connor Myers was 3 for 5 with a double. He scored twice and had two RBI.
DH Gioskar Amaya went 2 for 5 with a double and one run batted in.
Catcher Jhonny Pereda was 2 for 5.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 7-6 in ten innings.
Starter Javier Assad gave up five runs on just two hits over 4.2 innings. Assad walked four, hit one batter and struck out three.
The loss went to Alexander Vargas, who gave up two runs in the top of the tenth inning. The final line on Vargas was two runs, one earned, on three hits over three innings. He also hit one batter. Vargas did not have a walk or a strikeout.
First baseman Luke Reynolds hit a two-run double in the second inning and an RBI single in the sixth. He was 2 for 4 with the three RBI.
Third baseman Cam Balego went 3 for 5 and scored twice.
Shortstop Aramis Ademan was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice.
Right fielder Jimmy Herron went 2 for 5. He had a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the tenth to get the Pelicans to within a run.
Center fielder Zach Davis was 2 for 5, including a bunt single after Herron’s hit in the bottom of the tenth to load the bases with two out. But Carlos Sepulveda grounded out to end the game.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs fell valiantly before the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 4-2.
Starter Cam Sanders gave up four runs, all in the fourth inning, and took the loss. His final line was four runs on four hits over 3.1 innings. Sanders walked five and struck out six.
Shortstop Andy Weber was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.
Catcher Rafelin Lorenzo and left fielder Levi Jordan both went 2 for 3 with a walk.