Congratulations to Smokies outfielder Darius Hill, who is your choice for the BCB Cubs Minor League Player of the Month! Hill was certainly worthy with his .337/.368/.416 triple-slash line total between the Pelicans and Smokies.
You still have time to vote for the BCB Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month.
The Iowa Cubs were run down by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 8-5.
Robert Stock started and took the loss. Stock retired the first ten batters he faced, but then gave up a single and a two-run home run to Ryan O’Hearn.
The final line on Stock was two runs on three hits over four innings. Stock struck out three and did not walk anyone.
Michael Rucker had a tough night. He pitched two innings, the fifth and the sixth, and surrendered three runs in each one, six total.
Jason Heyward gave the I-Cubs an early 1-0 lead when he hit a 438-foot home run to dead center field in the third inning. Heyward played five innings in right field in his rehab appearance and was 2 for 3.
Left fielder Trayce Thompson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his third of the year. Thompson went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk in addition to the home run. He had two total RBI.
Shortstop Dee Strange-Gordon was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored once.
Second baseman Andrew Romine was 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.
Jake Marisnick also played five innings in center field in a rehab assignment. He was 0 for 3.
Luis Lugo started this game on Wednesday and pitched two innings and retired all six batters before the rains came. Lugo struck out one.
Matteo Bocchi started today in the third inning in his Double-A debut. Bocchi took the loss after giving up four runs on three hits over three innings. One of the four runs was unearned. Bocchi walked three and struck out two.
First baseman Grayson Byrd hit his first home run of the year with the bases empty in the seventh inning. Byrd was 1 for 4.
Center fielder Brennen Davis had his first two hits in Double-A, going 2 for 4.
In game two, Peyton Remy pitched a six-inning complete game loss. He pitched really well, however, giving up just one unearned run on just two hits. He struck out seven and walked only one.
The Smokies only had two hits in game two and third baseman Christopher Morel had both of them, going 2 for 2. He also made the error that led to the only run of the game in the second inning.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs beat the Lansing Lugnuts (Athletics), 5-4.
Starter Chris Kachmar allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings. Kachmar struck out five and walked two.
Eduarniel Nunez pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out one, followed by Burl Carraway who came on in the eighth and got the win. The final line on Carraway was no runs on no hits over 1.1 innings. He walked two and struck out one.
Samuel Reyes relieved Carraway with one on and one out in the bottom of the ninth. He got two fly outs to end the game and get his first save in the Cubs organization.
South Bend scored two runs in the top of the ninth on back-to-back triples by third baseman Bryce Windham and left fielder Bradlee Beasley. Beasley was 3 for 4 with a double and the triple and two total runs batted in. Windham was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Right fielder Yonathan Perlaza went 2 for 4 with one run batted in. He scored twice.
Catcher Jake Washer went 2 for 4 and scored one time.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans game was suspended in the top of the sixth inning by rain. There was no score when the game was suspended. It will be completed tomorrow before tomorrow night’s game.