The Iowa Cubs went bust against the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 13-7.
I-Cubs starter Trevor Miller allowed five runs, on five hits, over 3.2 innings. One of the five runs was unearned. He struck out four and walked one.
The loss went to Dakota Mekkes, who was called in to relieve Miller in the fourth inning and failed to retire a single batter. Mekkes gave up two runs on two hits, including a two-run home run. He walked three.
Dixon Machado hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, his 16th of the season. Machado was 2 for 5 with a double and the home run. He scored two runs and had three RBI.
Addison Russell played the entire game at shortstop, so everyone can stop speculating. He was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Right fielder Mark Zagunis went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.
Third baseman Phillip Evans went 2 for 5.
Donnie Dewees went 1 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had two RBI and scored once, but he also gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth as a pitcher.
The Tennessee Smokies were spotted by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 6-5.
Starter Alex Lange allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. Lange walked three and struck out four.
The Lookouts plated four runs off of Oscar De La Cruz in the bottom of the eighth inning, including a two-run home run by Tyler Stephenson. The line on De La Cruz was four runs on four hits over two innings. He struck out two and walked no one as he collected his fifth loss.
Left fielder Jared Young hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to get the Smokies to within a run. It was Young’s fifth home run of the season. He was 1 for 4.
Shortstop Nico Hoerner went 2 for 5 with a double.
Catcher Jhonny Pereda went 2 for 5 with an RBI.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were unlocked by the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 3-1.
Starter Jack Patterson was strong over five scoreless inning, allowing just two hits. Patterson struck out nine and walked just one.
Patterson is on a roll at the moment. He has not allowed an earned run since June 12 and only one unearned run since then. That’s over 32.2 innings.
This game was scoreless until the ninth inning when the Keys scored three runs off of losing pitcher Tyler Peyton, including a two-run home run. Peyton allowed three runs on three hits over two innings. He did not walk or strike anyone out.
The Pelicans had a two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth as Aramis Ademan tripled with two outs and a Wladimir Galindo infield single scored him. Then the Birds loaded the bases on two walks before a strikeout of Delvin Zinn ended the game.
Galindo was 2 for 4. Ademan went 1 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs calmed the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 4-1. It was South Bend’s eighth win in their last nine games.
Starter Peyton Remy took the win after allowing just one run on four hits over 5.2 innings. Remy struck out six and walked one.
Sean Berry threw the ninth inning and got the save. He allowed a two-out infield single, but no other baserunners. He struck out one.
Left fielder Brennen Davis hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, his seventh of the season. Davis went 2 for 3 with three total RBI. He was also hit by a pitch.
First baseman Luke Reynolds tacked on an insurance run with a solo home run in the eighth inning. It was his fifth of the season and second with South Bend. Reynolds went 3 for 4.
DH Nelson Maldonado went 2 for 4 with a run scored in his South Bend debut.
The Eugene Emeralds shut out the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 2-0.
Ryan Jensen did not allow a hit over the first two innings. He walked one batter and struck our five. In case you didn’t catch that, Jensen faced seven batters and struck out five of them. He walked one and got one fly out. He was hitting 97-98 mph with his fastball on the stadium radar gun.
Blake Whitney got the win because Jensen didn’t go five innings. Whitney allowed just two hits over four innings. He struck out four and did not walk anyone.
After Zach Bryant pitched two scoreless innings, 17th-round pick Tanner Dalton was called upon for the ninth inning and collected his first professional save. He gave up a two-out double in the ninth, but followed that up with a game-ending fly out. Dalton did not walk or strike anyone out.
First baseman Grayson Byrd went 1 for 3 with an RBI single in the first inning.
Center fielder Fernando Kelli had an RBI double in the third inning. He was 1 for 4.
Cubs 1 were rained out.