The Iowa Cubs deconsecrated the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 7-3.
Starter Cory Abbott kept the Saints from scoring for four innings and then gave up two runs in the fifth. Abbott’s final line was two runs on four hits over five innings. He struck out eight, walked three and collected his first win of 2021.
Tommy Nance, Adam Morgan and Ryan Meisinger were the other three Iowa pitchers tonight. Between the four of them, they struck out 16 Saints.
Center fielder Trayce Thompson, whom the Cubs acquired two days ago from the Diamondbacks for “cash considerations,” hit his first home run in the Cubs organization with a man on in the fifth inning. Thompson was 3 for 5 with a double, two runs scored and the two RBI from the home run.
Second baseman Sergio Alcantara went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and one run batted in.
DH Tyler Gushue was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored once and had one run batted in.
The Tennessee Smokies were grounded by the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels), 2-0.
Starter Erich Uelmen took the loss after giving up two runs on six hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked no one.
The Smokies only had two hits in this game. Second baseman Levi Jordan was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. DH Miguel Amaya was 1 for 2 with two walks.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs had their head snapped off by the Beloit Snappers (Marlins), 10-1.
Starter Max Bain allowed three runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. Bain struck out six and walked two.
A terrible relief appearance for Burl Carraway in this game. He faced five batters in the eighth inning and walked all five of them on 22 pitches. So that’s 20 balls and just two strikes. There was no video (or even audio) of this game, so I don’t know what was wrong. But it was bad. He even had two wild pitches.
Right fielder Jacob Olson was 2 for 4 with two doubles. He scored South Bend’s only run.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans swatted the Augusta GreenJackets (Braves), 4-3.
A good start for Sam Thoreson, who pitched 3.1 innings without allowing a run, He gave up two hits. Thoreson struck out six and walked one.
Carlos Ocampo entered the game with a man on in the top of the eighth and could not find the plate. In one inning of work, Ocampo gave up two runs (and one inherited runner) on one hit. But he walked two and hit two batters. Ocampo struck out one. He got the win when the Pelicans struck back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth.
Bailey Reid faced two batters and retired them both for his second save. He did not strike either of them out.
Center fielder Edmond Americaan scored the first run of the game on a solo home run in the sixth inning, his second blast of the season. Americaan was 1 fo 4.
Right fielder Yohendrick Pinango was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the eighth inning.
Left fielder Jordan Nwogu beat out an infield single in the seventh inning, but pulled up lame with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. He immediately left the game. Nwogu was 1 for 3.
Shortstop Ed Howard was 0 for 2 with two strikeouts. On the bright side, he also walked and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth. Howard is hitting .143 on the season so far. It’s still early.
Update: Pelicans highlights!