The Iowa Cubs were excommunicated by the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 6-1.
Starter Ben Holmes gave up solo home runs in the first, second and fifth inning and took the loss. Holmes’ final line was five runs on four hits over 4.2 innings. Holmes walked four and struck out seven.
Third baseman Abiatal Avelino was 2 for 5.
Catcher P.J. Higgins was 1 for 2 with two walks.
The Tennessee Smokies were taken to the dump by the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels), 6-4.
Matt Swarmer pitched the first 4.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked three.
Bryan Hudson relieved Bailey Clark after Clark loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning on three straight walks. Hudson pitched out of that jam with a 5-2-3 double play and a strikeout. Then he got in a jam of his own in the seventh inning, putting runners on first and third with one out. But he pitched out of that jam with a double play again.
But in the bottom of the eighth inning, Hudson walked the first batter and then the next batter doubled him home. Hudson then left the game for Wyatt Short, who surrendered a two-run home run.
So Hudson got the loss after being charged with two runs on two hits over 2.1 innings. Hudson walked three and struck out two.
Third baseman Levi Jordan connected for a two-run home run in the third inning. It was his second home run on the year. Jordan went 2 for 4 with a walk and three total runs batted in.
First baseman Grayson Byrd was promoted to Double-A from low-A and went 2 for 3 with a walk in his first game with Tennessee. Byrd had an RBI double in his first at-bat in the second inning. He also scored on a single by Jordan in the sixth.
Catcher Miguel Amaya was 1 for 3 with two walks. He also threw out a runner trying to steal third.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were shelled by the Beloit Snappers (Marlins), 8-3.
Chris Kachmar started and took the loss. Kachmar allowed six runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out eight and walked two.
Center fielder D.J. Artis had an RBI double in the third inning. He was 1 for 4.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Their game was postponed early today on a bad weather forecast. They’ll play a doubleheader with the GreenJackets on Saturday.