Really big night down on the farm. Just Eugene kept it from being a perfect night.
The Iowa Cubs calmed the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 5-1.
Terrific start for Matt Swarmer, who gave up just one run on five hits over 7+ innings. (Swarmer started the eighth but exited after walking the leadoff hitter.) He did walk three and struck out only one.
Danny Hultzen finished the eighth without allowing another runner. He struck out one.
Craig Kimbrel was perfect in the ninth inning, striking out two. He threw 16 pitches, nine for strikes. His velocity was in the 95-96 mph range and he did throw at least one curve.
This is expected to be Kimbrel’s final appearance with Iowa.
Second baseman Robel Garcia connected for his 20th home run and 14th with Iowa. It came with the bases empty in the sixth inning. Garcia was 2 for 4.
Taylor Davis was the DH and he was a perfect 2 for 2 with a double and two walks. Davis scored once.
First baseman Jim Adduci started a new hitting streak, going 2 for 3 with a walk. Adduci scored one run.
Left fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies uncovered the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 8-6.
Tyson Miller started and got the win. Miller allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked no one.
Wyatt Short pitched the final 1.1 innings and got the save. He allowed one hit but no runs. Short struck out two and did not walk anyone.
The big blow in this game was a grand slam in the fourth inning by shortstop Vimael Machin. It was his third home run of the year. Machin was 1 for 4.
Both first baseman Jared Young and left fielder Charcer Burks were 3 for 5 with a double. Both scored one run.
Second baseman Christian Donahue went 3 for 4 with a double and a walk.
Catcher Jhonny Pereda was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Pereda scored the first run of the game on a Connor Myers sac fly in the second inning and he drove in two runs.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans won their first game of the second half, 4-3 over the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox).
Paul Richan allowed a three-run home run to the third batter he faced. He then retired the next 13 batters in a row before issuing a walk in the fifth inning. That runner was thrown out stealing. The final line on Richan, who picked up his seventh win, was three runs on two hits over five innings. Richan struck out four and walked two.
Ben Hecht tossed the final two innings without allowing a run to get the save. Hecht gave up two hits. He did not walk or strike out anyone.
The Pelicans took the lead for good when DH Cam Balego hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning. It was Balego’s eighth home run this year. He was 1 for 4.
The Birds other two runs also came on a two-run home run by third baseman Luke Reynolds in the fourth inning. It was Reynolds third home run of the year. He also doubled in a 2 for 4 evening. Reynolds scored twice.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs, led by five-hit nights by Cole Roederer and Delvin Zinn, boiled the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 10-4.
Starter Riley Thompson got the win after allowing just one hit over five scoreless innings. Thompson struck out five and walked one.
Roederer tripled in the top of the eighth inning to complete the first cycle in South Bend Cubs history. Roederer was 5 for 5 with two doubles, the triple and a two-run home run in the seventh inning, his third on the season. Roederer scored three runs and drove in four.
Zinn was also 5 for 5 with two doubles. It’s the second five-hit game Zinn’s had this season. Zinn scored one run and had one RBI.
Third baseman Christopher Morel was a home run shy of the cycle, going 4 for 5 with a double and a triple. Morel scored three times and had one run batted in.
Catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni went 2 for 5 with a double and one run scored.
The Eugene Emeralds were preyed upon by the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 4-0.
Starter Eduarnial Nunez gave up two runs on four hits over 2.1 innings. Nunez walked two. He did not strike anyone out.
Center fielder Fernando Kelli stayed hot, going 2 for 4 with a double. That’s two of Eugene’s three hits on the evening.
14th-round pick Ryan Reynolds homered in his first professional game.