Off day. They start a four-game series at Memphis. Their magic number to clinch the division is nine.
The Tennessee Smokies were made to feel small by the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins), 4-2.
The Smokies lost this game on two two-run home runs. Starter Luis Lugo went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on five hits, including a home run in the second inning. He struck out seven and walked one.
Reliever Jake Stinnett gave up a two-run home run in the seventh inning and got the loss. Stinnett’s final line was two runs on one hits and two walks over 1.1 innings. Stinnett struck out two.
Shortstop Vimael Machin hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his fifth on the season. Machin went 1 for 4.
Center fielder Nico Hoerner went 2 for 4 with a double and a stolen base. He scored the other Smokies run.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut out by the Potomac Nationals, 7-0.
Starter Javier Assad took the loss after allowing six runs on ten hits over 4.1 innings. All six runs scored in the fifth inning and four of those runs scored on home runs—one three-run home run and one solo shot. Assad walked one and struck out two.
The Pelicans had just three hits in this game.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs sank the Lake County Captains (Indians), 6-1.
Faustino Carrera started and collected his seventh win. He did not allow a run over 5.2 innings. Carrera gave up four hits. He struck out seven and did not walk anyone.
Left fielder Darius Hill led off the game with a home run, his first for South Bend and his second of the year. Hill was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice.
Second baseman Clayton Daniel was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored three runs.
Right fielder Nelson Velazquez had four RBI despite going just 1 for 4. He had a two-run single and twice drove in runs on infield grounders.
South Bend is hanging on to a one-game lead over Lansing for the final playoff spot in the East Division.
The Eugene Emeralds stopped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 4-2.
First-round pick Ryan Jensen struggled with control tonight but managed to limit the damage after walking the first three batters of the game. Jensen threw a career-high 3 innings and surrendered one run on one hit. He walked five, however, and struck out three.
FIve Ems pitchers held the Volcanoes to just two hits, although they did walk nine batters. They also struck out 13, which helped.
Jake Rendl pitched the next two innings, giving up an unearned run on one hit. He gave up a double to the leadoff batter in the fifth inning and that was S-K’s last hit of the game.
The win went to Yunior Perez, who pitched the two innings after Rendl. He walked three and struck out three.
Chris Kachmar and Joe Nahas each threw a perfect inning to close out the game. Both pitchers struck out two. It was Nahas’ first professional save.
The Ems only had six hits. Center fielder Fernando Kelli was 1 for 3 with a walk and two stolen bases. Kelli scored twice.
Right fielder Edmond Americaan pulled off a delayed steal of home in the seventh inning. Americaan was 0 for 2 with a walk.
Second baseman Chase Strumpf went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI single.
Cubs 1 lost to Giants Orange. 5-4.
Bryan Hudson threw three innings and allowed one run in a rehab assignment.
Richard Gallardo tossed three scoreless innings in this game.
Cubs 2 beat Athletics Green, 6-1.
Cubs 2 scored all six runs in the top of the ninth.