The Iowa Cubs swarmed the Salt Lake Bees (Angels), 5-2.
Starter Matt Swarmer took the win after stopping Salt Lake, holding them to two runs on five hits over 5.1 innings. Swarmer walked two and struck out eight.
Wyatt Short was promoted from Double-A Tennessee before today’s game and pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless and hitless relief. Short did walk one batter, while he struck out one batter.
Danny Hultzen pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning for the save. Hultzen struck out two.
DH Addison Russell added an insurance run with a solo home run in the seventh inning. It was Russell’s fifth Iowa home run for Iowa. Russell went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored three times.
First baseman Jim Adduci went 2 for 4 and scored once.
Iowa scored two runs in this game on two passed balls in the fourth inning.
Iowa’s magic number to clinch a division title shrunk to 12.
The Tennessee Smokies were doused by the Biloxi Shuckers, 11-7 in ten innings.
Erick Leal gave up just one unearned run on five hits over five innings. Leal struck out seven and walked two.
After pitching a perfect ninth inning, Jordan Minch gave up five runs in the top of the tenth inning and took the loss. The final line on Minch was five runs, four earned, on two hits and two walks over 1.1 innings. He also hit one batter and balked in a run. Minch struck out two.
Second baseman Nico Hoerner went 3 for 6 with a stolen base. He scored twice and had one run batted in.
Catcher Jhonny Pereda went 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. Pereda scored twice.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 1-0 in ten innings.
Alexander Vargas, Tyler Peyton and Manuel Rodriguez combined for a seven-hit, no walks, ten-inning shutout. Vargas pitched the first six innings and gave up five hits. He struck out three.
Peyton allowed one hit and struck out one over two innings.
Rodriguez got the win with the final two innings, giving up just one hit. He struck out two.
DH Wladimir Galindo hit a bases-loaded, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the tenth. Galindo went 1 for 4.
Catcher Miguel Amaya was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.
Not many highlights in this one, but here they are:
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs dented the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 8-3.
Peyton Remy put South Bend in a 3-1 hole after allowing three runs on six hits over 4.1 innings. Remy walked three and struck out four.
Eugenio Palma was terrific over the final three innings and got the win. He did not allow a hit or a run. Palma walked two and struck out one.
Right fielder Nelson Velazquez hit a three-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning, breaking a 3-3 tie. Velazquez went 2 for 4 with two doubles. He scored once.
Left fielder Yonathan Perlaza tacked on a pair of insurance runs with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth. It was his third home run this season and his first for Myrtle Beach. Perlaza also doubled in a 2 for 4 game.
First baseman Nelson Maldonado was 2 for 3 and was intentionally walked. He scored on the Velazquez double and had an RBI single in the first inning.
Center fielder Darius Hill had two doubles in a 2 for 5 game. He scored twice.
Third baseman Fidel Mejia went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI single.
Catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni went 2 for 4. He scored once and had one RBI.
Many more highlights in this one:
The Eugene Emeralds topped the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 3-2.
Starter Chris Clarke was not scored upon over three innings of work. Clarke allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out four.
Blake Whitney gave up two runs in the top of the fourth inning, but the stayed in the game for three more without allowing a run. The win went to reliever Hunter Bigge, who pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning. Bigge surrendered one hit and he issued one walk. Bigge struck out two.
Shortstop Pedro Martinez doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and with one out, DH Caleb Knight singled him home to end the game. Martinez was 1 for 4. Knight went 1 for 3 with a walk.
Cubs 2 were beating Padres 1, 5-3 after seven innings.