The minor league regular season ends three weeks from today. Hard to believe.
The Iowa Cubs shut out the Salt Lake Bees (Angels), 6-0.
Starter Colin Rea pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits. Rea walked two and struck out six.
With the win, Rea now holds the sole lead for wins in the PCL with 12 this season. His 3.50 ERA also leads the league. Hector Noesi of the New Orleans Baby Cakes is the only other qualified pitcher with an ERA under 4.00 this season. Noesi’s ERA is 3.82.
Dakota Mekkes and James Norwood each pitched an inning to finish the shutout.
Shortstop Addison Russell hit a home run to deep center field with a man on in the fifth. It was Russell’s sixth home run for Iowa this season and his second in two nights. Russell was 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored. Russell is hitting .356 in the 13 games since being demoted to Iowa.
DH Mark Zagunis went 2 for 4 with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning that gave the I-Cubs all the runs they would need.
Second baseman Dixon Machado went 2 for 3 with a bases-loaded walk that forced in a run. Machado scored twice.
First baseman Jim Adduci went 2 for 4.
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South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were recycled by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 3-1.
Starter Carlos Vega lasted four innings and was very good, allowing no runs and just one hit. Vega walked two and struck out one.
Fauris Guerrero gave up two runs in the top of the fifth inning and took the loss. Guerrero’s final line was two runs on four hits, including a solo home run, over 2.1 innings. Guerrero walked one and struck out two.
First baseman Jake Slaughter went 3 for 4 with a double.
Second baseman Luis Vazquez was 2 for 3.
The Eugene Emeralds lost the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 3-2.
Michael McAvene pitched two perfect innings to start this game, striking out three. McAvene has yet to allow a run, a hit or a walk in three professional outings consisting of five total innings. (He did, however, hit three batters in his last start.)
Zach Bryant gave up an unearned run in the seventh inning and took the loss. Bryant’s final line was one unearned run on one hit over 1.1 innings. He walked one and struck out two. Bryant also hit one batter.
Right fielder Edmond Americaan had a big night, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and a triple. American drove home both Ems runs.