The Iowa Cubs rained on the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 4-1.
It was Adbert Alzolay’s turn in the I-Cubs rotation and he was a no-show. So the Cubs promoted Jeffrey Passantino from Myrtle Beach to make the start. Passantino gave up just one run on four hits over four innings. Passantino struck out six and walked one. Looks like Alzolay is in danger of losing his spot in the I-Cubs rotation.
Craig Brooks pitched two perfect innings got the win because Passantino didn’t go five. Brooks struck out two.
James Norwood also threw two perfect innings of relief, striking out three.
Rowan Wick threw the bottom of the ninth and got the save. He allowed a two-out single, but no other baserunners. Wick struck out one.
The I-Cubs hit two solo home runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. Right fielder Mark Zagunis led off the inning with a solo home run, his second on the season. Zagunis went 1 for 3.
With two out in the inning, second baseman Trent Giambrone connected for his 17th home run of the year. Giambrone was also 1 for 3.
Shortstop Dixon Machado had an RBI double in the third inning. Machado went 2 for 4.
With the win, Iowa has built an eight-game lead in their division, the largest lead of any team in the Pacific Coast League.
The Tennessee Smokies blinded the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 7-3.
Alex Lange got his first career Double-A win and his first two career hits. Lange pitched six innings and allowed just one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out one. At the plate, Lange went 2 for 2. He drove in one run and he scored once.
Center fielder Connor Myers went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. Myers scored twice.
Right fielder Roberto Caro went 2 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored one run and had one run batted in.
Catcher Jhonny Pereda went 2 for 5 and scored one run.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans won their third-straight game with a season-high in runs and hits, 12-6 over the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Reds), 12-6.
Erich Uelmen was the beneficiary of all this offense and he got the win after allowing two runs on five hits over six innings. Both runs scored on a home run in the sixth inning. Uelmen struck out seven and walked two.
Right fielder D.J. Wilson hit a grand slam in the second inning, his first home run on the season. But he wasn’t done as he hit his second home run with the bases empty in the sixth. Wilson was 3 for 5 with a stolen base. He had the five RBI and he scored three times.
Shortstop Aramis Ademan hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. It was his fifth home run of the season. Ademan went 1 for 5.
Center fielder Zach Davis had a huge night as well, going 5 for 6 with three doubles. Davis scored four times and he had one run batted in.
Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda had four hits and four RBI and he gets fourth-billing tonight. Sepulveda was 4 for 6.
Catcher Tyler Payne was 3 for 5 with two doubles. He scored twice.
First baseman Cam Balego went 2 for 5 with one run scored.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs lost to the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 5-2.
Derek Casey started and took the loss. Casey surrendered three runs on seven hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Both of South Bend’s runs came on a two-run home run by Tyler Durna in the sixth inning. It was his fourth home run on the season. Durna was 2 for 2 with a walk and he was hit by a pitch.
The Eugene Emeralds were prey for the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 3-1.
Kohl Franklin started and allowed one run on just two hits over five innings. Franklin struck out five and walked one.
Alfredo Colorado pitched one inning, gave up a two-run home run and took the loss. Colorado allowed two runs on three hits over one inning. He did not walk or strike anyone out.
The Ems only run came on a home run by third baseman Jake Slaughter in the fourth inning. It was his second home run this year. Slaughter was 1 for 4.
Nico Hoerner played his first game since getting hit by a pitch on April 23. He was 2 for 3.