The Iowa Cubs stopped the Round Rock Express (Astros), 6-1 in a game that ended in the top of the sixth inning because of rain.
Because of the weather forecast, Craig Kimbrel started this game. Kimbrel faced four batters. The first batter flied out. He gave up a home run to the second batter and he walked the third one. Kimbrel struck out the final batter he faced and then exited after two-thirds of an inning, having thrown 14 pitches, eight for strikes. It’s also the first time he’s pitched in back-to-back games for the Cubs.
Craig Brooks relieved Kimbrel and retired all seven batters he faced over the next 2.1 innings. Brooks got the win. He struck out two.
Iowa scored five runs in the first inning thanks to two home runs. Right fielder Mark Zagunis connected for a two-run home run, his first of the season. Zagunis also doubled in a 2 for 3 game.
Later in the first inning, left fielder Trent Giambrone connected for his team-leading 15th home run with two men on. Giambrone was 1 for 2 with a walk.
First baseman Jim Adduci doubled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Adduci was 1 for 3.
The Tennessee Smokies were burned by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays) 5-2.
Alex Lange made his Double-A debut in this game and pitched well, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings. Mainly, he allowed two runs on a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Lange walked two and struck out five.
Tommy Nance pitched the next two innings and got the loss. Nance gave up one run on two hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out four.
Center fielder Connor Myers was 2 for 4 with a double and one run batted in. He also stole one base.
Catcher Jhonny Pereda went 2 for 4 with one RBI.
Right fielder Roberto Caro went 1 for 3 with two walks and two steals.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans laid an egg against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Astros), 5-3.
Starter Erick Leal surrendered two runs on three hits over five innings. Leal struck out five and walked two.
Jeffrey Passantino pitched three scoreless innings in his Pelicans debut. Passantino gave up just one hit. He struck out five and did not walk anyone.
Manuel Rondon got called upon for the save in the top of the ninth and unfortunately, Rondon got banged around for three runs on five hits in just one inning. Rondon struck out one and did not walk anyone.
Third baseman Luke Reynolds hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning to tie the score 2-2. It was Reynolds’ second home run this year. Reynolds went 1 for 3.
Right fielder Jimmy Herron went 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He had an RBI single in the fourth inning and scored on Reynolds’ home run in the second.
There was a 2:02 rain delay in this game.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were left choking on fumes by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 2-1.
Faustino Carrera was the hard-luck loser in this game. Carrera allowed two runs, but only one earned, on four hits over five innings. (Although it was his own error on a pickoff throw that resulted in the unearned run.) Carrera struck out six and walked three.
Left fielder Cole Roederer was 2 for 4 with a double.
The Eugene Emeralds were blown downwind by the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 7-4.
Jeremiah Estrada started this game and this start didn’t go as well as his last one. Estrada got clobbered for five runs on four hits and four walks over 2.1 innings. Estrada struck out four.
Center fielder Fernando Kelli went 2 for 4 with a triple and a stolen base. He scored once.
No position players pitching in that one. so that’s progress.