The Iowa Cubs lost to the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 5-2.
I-Cubs starter Matt Swarmer gave up all five runs on four home runs tonight. The final line on Swarmer was five runs on nine hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Catcher P.J. Higgins hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning for the only Iowa runs of the night. It was Higgins’ ninth home run this year and fourth for Iowa. Higgins was 2 for 4.
Daniel Descalso played the entire game at second base and was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Memphis lost the second game of their doubleheader with the Baby Cakes, snapping their seven-game win streak. So despite the loss, Iowa’s magic number to clinch their first division title since 2002 has fallen to two. Iowa has two more games left in Oklahoma City before taking on Memphis at home in a four-game series to end the regular season.
The Tennessee Smokies were subjugated by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 11-3.
Erick Leal got battered around for eight runs on seven hits over 3+ innings. Leal walked three and struck out five.
Shortstop Nico Hoerner went 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. Hoerner scored twice.
Second baseman Vimael Machin was 2 for 5 with an RBI.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were first past the post against the Potomac Nationals, 8-5.
Starter Jeffrey Passantino got the win after surrendering just one run on seven hits over six innings. Passantino struck out eight and didn’t walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.
Right fielder Kevonte Mitchell hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his 14th blast of the season. Mitchell went 2 for 4 with four total RBI.
Catcher Miguel Amaya continues to finish the season strongly, hitting two doubles in a 2 for 4 night. Amaya scored once and had one run batted in.
Center fielder Delvin Zinn was 2 for 5 with one run scored.
Fayetteville won again, so the Woodpeckers magic number to eliminate Myrtle Beach and clinch a playoff spot is four with six games to play.
South Bend Cubs
Rained out. UPDATE: This game may be made up as part of a doubleheader in South Bend on Monday, September 2 if it turns out to have playoff implications.
Off day. They’ll finish the year with six games against Salem-Keizer. The first four are at home and the final two are in Salem-Keizer.
Season over. This is the last time I’ll mention that.