Sergio Alcantara did not play for Iowa tonight. Let’s see if it’s another false alarm or whether he’s really coming up to Chicago.
The Iowa Cubs comeback fell short and the lost to the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 6-5. It was Iowa’s seventh-straight loss.
Tyson Miller started and kept the Saints off the board for three innings. He allowed just three hits. Miller struck out four and walked no one.
Robert Stock got knocked around for three runs in the fourth inning and he took the loss. Stock’s final line was three runs on four hits over three innings. Stock struck out five and walked one.
Iowa trailed 6-2 going into the bottom of the ninth and they managed to score three runs and put runners on the corners with one out. But Vance Vizcaino struck out and Abiatal Avelino hit a grounder up the middle and was just barely beaten by the throw to first base.
Vizcaino was 1 for 4 and was hit by a pitch. Avelino went 3 for 5 with one run batted in.
Shortstop Andrew Romine went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored once.
Second baseman Dee Strange-Gordon made his Cubs debut tonight. He was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 5-4 in ten innings.
Starter Matt Swarmer threw the definitional quality start—three runs over six innings. Swarmer gave up five hits, but he did not walk anyone. Swarmer struck out five.
The Smokies failed to score in the top of the tenth inning despite having the bases loaded and nobody out. Ben Leeper gave up a game-winning single to the first batter he faced in the tenth. He also pitched a perfect ninth inning before that, so his final line was 1+ innings allowing one unearned run on one hit. He did not strike anyone out.
Second baseman Grayson Byrd gave the Smokies a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth inning with a two-run double. Byrd went 2 for 5 and scored once.
Third baseman Erick Castillo had a two-run bloop single in the seventh inning. He was 2 for 4 with the two RBI.
Right fielder Darius Hill stayed hot, going 2 for 5 with a run scored.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were topped by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 3-1.
Starter Chris Kachmar took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out three, walked three and hit two batters.
Burl Carraway pitched the top of the ninth and struck out the side in order on eleven pitches.
Left fielder Bradlee Beesley went 1 for 3 with a double. He scored South Bend’s only run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Shortstop Delvin Zinn went 1 for 3 with a walk.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Pelicans were rained out. They’ll try to play a doubleheader on Sunday.