Congratulations to Tennessee Smokies pitcher Cayne Ueckert, who was your choice for the BCB Minor League Pitcher of the Month! Certainly Ueckert was impressive in his time with South Bend and Tennessee with an 18-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.42 ERA over 12.2 innings. At one point he went 7.2 innings without allowing a hit.
The Iowa Cubs were soaked by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 13-8.
Omaha scored six runs in the third inning and never looked back. Starting pitcher Matt Swarmer took the loss. He was charged with seven runs on nine hits over 2.2 innings. Three of those hits were home runs. He struck out four and walked one.
Right fielder Michael Hermosillo made his Cubs debut tonight and hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Hermosillo was 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.
Shortstop Andrew Romine hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth, his first on the season. This came after he pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the bottom of the eighth. Romine went 3 for 4 with a walk and three runs scored. He allowed no hits on the mound, but he did walk two batters and failed to strike anyone out.
Catcher Tony Wolters was 3 for 4 with a walk and one run scored.
Center fielder Ian Miller was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI.
The Tennessee Smokies were vassaled by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 6-1.
Cam Sanders started and got the loss. He allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits, including a three-run home run. Sanders did strike out eight and walked one. He also hit one batter.
The Smokies managed just two hits in this game. Right fielder Connor Myers was 1 for 3 with an RBI double.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs lost by two touchdowns to the Lansing Lugnuts (Athletics), 17-3. So Michigan State over Notre Dame?
Starter Brad Deppermann didn’t pitch poorly, allowing two runs on two hits over four innings. He struck out three and did not walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.
Three relievers, Alex Katz, Tanner Jesson-Dalton, and Juan Gámez each gave up five runs in relief. Katz got the loss with four hits and two walks in just one inning of work.
Left fielder Yonathan Perlaza went 2 for 3 with a double. He also walked once with the bases loaded for one run batted in.
Shortstop Josue Huma was 2 for 5 and scored one run.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans snuck past the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 1-0 in the completion of a game that had been started yesterday. Today’s regularly-scheduled game was postponed. They will try again to play a doubleheader on Saturday.
D.J. Herz started this game on Thursday and pitched four innings without allowing a hit. Herz struck out nine and walked just one.
Jose Miguel Gonzalez pitched 1.2 innings on Thursday before the rains came. He gave up one hit and issued one walk. He struck out two.
Didier Vargas took the mound when play resumed this evening and allowed just one hit over 2.2 innings. Vargas walked two and struck out two.
Bailey Reid got the final two outs of the top of the ninth in order and got the win when the Pelicans scored in the bottom of the inning. He struck out one.
The only run of the game came in the bottom of the ninth inning when DH Ryan Reynolds tripled to lead off the inning. Three batters later, catcher Raymond Pena bunted Reynolds home with the winning run.
Both Reynolds and Pena were 1 for 4.