The Cubs system got swept again today. They really need to break that habit.
The Iowa Cubs were all wet against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 8-6 in a game that ironically ended after six-and-a-half innings because of rain. Looks like Omaha caught the storm.
Mike Hauschild started and got knocked around for eight runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings. However, only three of the eight runs were earned as Omaha scored five two-out runs in the third inning after an error, thanks mainly to a grand slam that Anderson Miller hit after the error that extended the inning. That was one of two home runs Hauschild surrendered tonight. He also walked four batters and struck out only one.
Second baseman Trent Giambrone hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, his first on the year. Giambrone was 2 for 3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
DH Tyler Gushue went 2 for 3 and scored two runs.
Center fielder Michael Hermosillo went 2 for 4 and raised his batting average on the year to .362 in 17 games.
The Tennessee Smokies were beaten by the Mississippi Braves, 6-2.
Erich Uelmen pitched the first six innings and took the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits. Two of those seven hits were solo home runs. Uelmen walked three and struck out six.
Center fielder Brennen Davis was 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored once.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs got boiled by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 9-1.
Starter Derek Casey pitched well for the first six innings, and then everything went sideways in the seventh inning. For the second straight game, South Bend allowed eight runs in the seventh. Casey was responsible for two of those. His final line was three runs on just three hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out eleven and walked two. He also hit one batter.
Burl Carraway relieved Casey in that disastrous seventh inning. He allowed the two runners inherited from Casey to score and then got charged with four runs of his own. Carraway’s final line was five runs on one hit, three walks and a hit batsman over one-third of an inning. He struck out one.
South Bend only had two hits tonight. Third baseman Jake Slaughter was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were enchanted by the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 6-4.
Starter Didier Vargas allowed three runs on three hits over four innings. All three runs scored on home runs—a two-run home run in the second inning and a solo home run in the third. Vargas walked three and struck out four.
Jose Miguel Gonzalez pitched the next three innings and took the loss. Gonzalez allowed two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Second baseman Flemin Bautista connected for his first home run of the year in the third inning with a man on. (Fireflies manager Brooks Conrad got ejected arguing the home run was foul.) Bautista was 2 for 4 with a walk and three RBI.
Right fielder Jonathan Sierra went 2 for 4.