I sure picked a good night to not watch the Cubs and spend the evening with my family.
Starter Tyson Miller got the win after giving up just one run on six hits over 5.1 innings. Miller did walk five batters (which isn’t good) and he struck out five (which is good).
Second baseman Zack Short was the second batter in the bottom of the first inning and he hit a two-run home run. It was Short’s sixth home run of the year. Short also doubled in a 2 for 5 game.
Third baseman Trent Giambrone made it 3-1 in the second inning with his team-leading 23rd home run of the year. Giambrone was also 2 for 4 with a double and a home run. He also had two RBI.
Center fielder Johnny Field was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored one time and had one run batted in. Field also stole one base.
DH Mark Zagunis was 2 for 4 and scored once.
Salt Lake wanted no part of Robel Garcia. Garcia went 0 for 1 with three walks. He scored once.
The I-Cubs magic number is down to 13 as they look to win their first division title since 2008.
The Tennessee Smokies were shelled by the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 7-3.
Starter Erich Uelmen pitched 6.1 innings and gave up three runs on just four hits. All three runs scored on a pair of home runs—a two-run shot in the second inning and a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning. Uelmen walked two and struck out six.
Manuel Rondon gave up four runs in the top of the ninth inning and took the loss. Rondon’s line was four runs on three hits and four walks over 1.2 innings. He struck out three.
Shortstop Vimael Machin hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game 3-3. Machin went 2 for 4.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were blue after losing to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 4-1.
Ryan Kellogg was activated off the inactive list to make his first appearance in almost a month. He took the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings. All three runs came with two outs in the third inning and all three were unearned. Kellogg walked one and stuck out three.
Shortstop Aramis Ademan and center fielder Zac Taylor both doubled in the bottom of the third inning for the only Pelicans run of the game. Taylor doubled home Ademan. Both players were 1 for 3.
Ben Zobrist played eight innings at second base and was 0 for 3 with a walk.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs shut out the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 3-0.
Riley Thompson allowed just one hit over the first three innings. Thompson struck out six and walked just one. (I’d say that’s pretty good.)
Brendan King pitched the next four innings and got the win because Thompson didn’t go five innings. King surrendered three hits and one walk while striking out four.
Brian Glowicki pitched the final two innings and allowed just one baserunner, a two-out single in the top of the ninth. Glowicki struck out two and got his sixth save.
Second baseman Luis Vazquez went 1 for 3 with an RBI double in the second inning.
The Eugene Emeralds were prey for the Boise Hawks (Rockies) 10-2.
Starter Josh Burgmann didn’t pitch as poorly as his relievers, but he got the loss since the Ems never caught up after falling behind. Burgmann allowed one run on five hits over two innings. The one run scored on a leadoff home run in the second inning. Burgmann struck out three and did not walk anyone.
First baseman Grayson Byrd was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
A rehabbing Bryan Hudson got the win in this game with two scoreless innings.