The Iowa Cubs missed the Round Rock Express (Astros), 13-9.
Cole Hamels started this game on a rehab assignment and while he had a rough first inning, he settled down afterwards and got through the next two innings without much difficulty. The final line on Hamels was three runs on three hits over three innings. Two of those hits were home runs. Hamels walked three, struck out four and induced two double plays. He threw 59 pitches and 36 were strikes.
Danny Hultzen got the loss, but the real struggles went to Dillon Maples. Hultzen walked the second batter of the ninth inning with the score tied 9-9 and then exited for Maples. Maples walked four and gave up two hits and four runs had scored when he left. Donnie Dewees had to get called in from the outfield to get the final out.
The final line on Hultzen was one run on no hits and a walk over 1.1 innings. He struck out one.
Maples allowed three runs (and one inherited run) on two hits and four walks over a third of an inning. He did not have a strikeout.
Second baseman Dixon Machado hit two home runs, a solo home run in the first inning and a two-run home run in the sixth. Machado now has 15 home runs this year. He hit 21 home runs total over ten previous season in the minors and major leagues. (It’s the ball.) Machado was 2 for 4 with a walk. He had three runs and three RBI.
Third baseman Phillip Evans was a perfect 5 for 5 with two doubles. He had two runs batted in and two runs scored.
DH Mark Zagunis went 4 for 5 with two doubles. He scored twice and knocked in one.
Right fielder Jim Adduci was 2 for 4 with a walk and one run batted in. He also stole a base.
Dewees was 2 for 6 with two runs scored before taking the mound in the ninth.
The Tennessee Smokies got in the eyes of the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 4-3 in ten innings.
Starter Cory Abbott allowed just one unearned run on two hits over five innings. Abbott did walk five batters and struck out seven.
The win went to Manuel Rondon, who pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings. Rondon didn’t allow any hits, but he did walk two and struck out two.
Jordan Minch allowed an unearned run (the runner that started the inning on second base) in the bottom of the ninth and got the save. Minch pitched the one inning and allowed one infield single. He walked one and struck out two.
Christian Donahue and Zach Davis both scored on one wild pitch in the top of the tenth inning with what proved to be the winning margin. Donahue also hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his third of the year. Donahue was 1 for 4 and scored twice.
Davis was 0 for 3.
Shortstop Vimael Machin went 2 for 3 with a double and two walks.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans laundered the Salem Red Sox, 6-4.
A strong outing for Erich Uelmen resulted in his fifth win. Uelmen allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked no one.
DH Wladimir Galindo hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, his second of the season. Galindo was 2 for 4.
Catcher Tyler Payne added two more insurance runs with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Payne now has eight home runs this year. He was 1 for 4.
Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He doubled and scored in the first inning.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs hammered the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 13-4.
Starter Cam Sanders got the win after allowing one run on two hits over five innings. Sanders walked three and struck out three.
Derek Casey pitched the other four innings and got the save. Casey allowed three runs on four hits, but two of the three runs were unearned. Two of those four hits were home runs. Casey walked one and struck out three.
Shortstop Andy Weber went 4 for 6 with two doubles. He had three RBI and scored twice.
Third baseman Fidel Mejia was 3 for 5 with two doubles and a walk. Mejia also scored two times and batted in three.
Second baseman Clayton Daniel was 2 for 5 with a double and a walk. Daniel scored three times.
The Eugene Emeralds were polished off by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 8-1.
Starter Eduarniel Nunez gave up six runs, five earned, on four hits over just 3.1 innings. Two of those hits were home runs. Nunez walked three and struck out four.
Left fielder Darius Hill and first baseman Grayson Byrd were both 2 for 4.