Starter Kohl Stewart gave up a solo home run in the second inning but otherwise cruised to an easy win. Stewart pitched five innings and allowed one run on five hits. He struck out five and walked one.
The I-Cubs hit five home runs this afternoon and left fielder Patrick Wisdom cranked two of them. Wisdom hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning and later smashed a three-run homer in the fourth. Wisdom was on base all five times at the plate today, going 2 for 2 with two home runs, two walks and one hit-by-pitch. Wisdom had the five RBI and he scored four times. They were his first two home runs this year.
In the third inning, catcher Jose Lobaton hit a grand slam. It was his first home run on the year. Lobaton was 2 for 5 with the four RBI.
Right fielder Rafael Ortega hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, his fourth home run of the year already. Ortega went 1 for 5. He scored twice.
Two batters after Ortega connected, first baseman Tyler Gushue knocked out his second home run of the year with a man on. Gushue was 2 for 5 with three runs batted in. He scored twice.
Shortstop Sergio Alcantara was 2 for 5 and scored twice.
Third baseman Abiatal Avelino went 2 for 5 with a double. He also scored twice.
Second baseman Andrew Romine was 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI single in the second inning. Romine scored once.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 7-2.
Javier Assad started and took the loss. Assad gave up six runs on five hits over 3.1 innings. Three of the six runs were unearned. Assad walked four and struck out three.
Second baseman Christian Donahue went 2 for 5.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were eaten by the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 5-2.
Starter Derek Casey allowed four runs in the top of the first inning on five singles. He settled down after that, but the damage had been done and he took the loss. Casey’s final line was four runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings. He walked two and struck out eight.
Center fielder Nelson Velazquez stayed red-hot, going 3 for 4 with an RBI. Velazquez has only played five games this season, but he’s hitting .550.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were scratched by the Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland), 3-1.
Starting pitcher DJ Herz allowed a triple to Christian Cairo, the first batter he faced and Cairo then scored on a groundout from the next better. After that, he was strong. Herz threw four innings and allowed one run on two hits. He struck out eight and walked no one.
Jose Albertos relieved Herz and took the loss. Albertos gave up two runs on four hits over three innings. Albertos walked two and struck out two.
The Pelicans only managed two hits tonight, but one of them was a solo home run by left fielder Yohendrick Pinango in the third inning. It was Pinango’s first professional home run. He was 1 for 3.