A quick reminder that the polls are still open on the BCB Minor League Player of the Month Award.
The Iowa Cubs calmed the waters of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 2-0. The win snaps Iowa’s nine-game losing streak and Omaha’s nine-game winning streak.
Alec Mills turned in a strong rehab performance tonight, throwing six scoreless innings and allowing just two hits. Mills struck out four and walked one. He threw 60 pitches and 44 were strikes.
The win went to Kyle Ryan with two innings of no-run, no-hit relief. Ryan struck out three and walked one.
The save went to Jake Jewell, who pitched the ninth. He allowed a one-out single, but nothing else. Jewell did not strike anyone out.
Iowa scored two runs in the top of the eighth, the only runs of the game. Shortstop Andrew Romine led off the inning with a double and Dee Strange-Gordon bunted him over to third, but a bad throw allowed Romine to score and Strange-Gordon to go to second. Two batters later, Vance Vizcaino singled Strange-Gordon home.
Romine was 1 for 4. Gordon was 1 for 4. Vizcaino was 1 for 1.
Outfielders Jake Marisnick and Jason Heyward both played in this game in rehab assignments. Marisnick played five innings in center field and was 1 for 3. Heyward played six innings in right and was 0 for 2 with a walk.
They played 2 1⁄2 innings before the rain came. Neither side had a baserunner and they’ll finish it on Thursday as part of a doubleheader.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs hammered the Lansing Lugnuts (Athletics), 4-1.
Ryan Jensen dominated the Lugnuts over five innings of no-hit pitching. Jensen struck out seven and walked just one, although he did hit two batters. Jensen improved his record to 2-2 on the season.
Scott Kobos got the save in his South Bend debut. Kobos entered the game in the eighth inning with two outs and the bases loaded and got a fly out to end the threat. He made things interesting in the ninth with a leadoff single and a two-out walk, but another easy fly ball to right field ended the game. Kobos struck out two.
Shortstop Delvin Zinn hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, his first home run of the season. He also hit a sac fly in the top after Edmond Americaan led off the game with a triple. So Zinn had three total RBI. Zinn was 1 for 3 with a walk. Americaan was 1 for 4 with a walk.
First baseman Tyler Durna was 2 for 4.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were blinded by the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 6-2.
The Pelicans had five hits in this game and they made five errors, three of which were in the first inning. That lead to starter Manuel Espinoza allowing six runs on seven hits over just four innings, but only one of the six runs he was charged with was earned. Espinoza struck out three and walked no one.
Jeremiah Estrada threw two scoreless innings of relief in his first game back from Tommy John surgery. He did give up two hits and a walk while striking out two.
Catcher Pablo Aliendo was 2 for 4.