We’re on to the third month of minor league baseball already.
The Iowa Cubs lost to Indianapolis, 7-6 in 12 innings.
Starter Cory Abbott pitched five innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He struck out ten batters and walked only one.
Ryan Kellogg pitched the 11th and 12th innings and took the loss. He kept Indianapolis from scoring in the 11th, but gave up two runs in the bottom of the 12th after Iowa took the lead in the top of the inning with one run. Kellogg’s line was two runs, one earned, on one hit over 1.1 innings. He struck out one and walked three, but two of those walks were intentional.
Center fielder Michael Hermosillo went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBI. I’ll let the voice of the I-Cubs, Alex Cohen, describe that double.
Umpshow here in Indianapolis. Michael Hermosillio hits a blast to CF, called a homer by two of three umps, Hermosillo slows down, CF plays it as a live ball, throws Hermosillo out at third. Ump that didn't rule it a HR calls him out. Umps converge, he is called out. Chaos ensues.— Alex Cohen (@voiceofcohen) July 2, 2021
Hermosillo also scored once and stole a base.
Catcher Tony Wolters went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and stole a base.
Third baseman Tyler Ladendorf went 2 for 4 with a walk.
Nico Hoerner played six innings at second base in a rehab assignment and went 1 for 4. He scored on the Hermosillo “double.”
The Smokies game against the Rocket City Trash Pandas was postponed. They’ll try to play a doubleheader on Friday.
South Bend Cubs
Max Bain started game one and ended up getting the loss. Bain allowed five runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings. Four of those five runs came in the fourth inning and two of them scored after he left the game. Two of those seven hits were home runs. Bain walked three and struck out four.
The Cubs hit three home runs in game one. Left fielder Bradley Beesley hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his second on the season. Beesley was 1 for 3.
Catcher Jake Washer then went back-to-back with Beesley in the fifth for his first home run of the year. Washer was also 1 for 3.
Finally, first baseman Grayson Byrd hit a solo home run in this sixth inning. It was Byrd’s second home run this season and his first with South Bend. Byrd also had an RBI double in the fourth inning. He was 2 for 3 in game one with two RBI.
Game two starter Matteo Bocchi dominated the Captains for five innings, allowing no runs and just one infield single. Bocchi struck out four and walked no one.
Burl Carraway relieved Bocchi in the sixth inning and gave up three runs on two hits and three walks over just a third of an inning. He walked the first batter he faced and then gave up a game-tying two-run home run to the second. He would then load the bases and record only one out before exiting for Tanner Jesson-Dalton, who allowed the go-ahead inherited runner to score on a fielder’s choice.
Both South Bend runs in game two scored on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Beesley. He was 1 for 3 in game two.
Center fielder Nelson Velazquez went 2 for 3 with a double in game two. Third baseman Jake Slaughter was 2 for 3 and scored once.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans carved the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 9-4.
Richard Gallardo started and got the win. He pitched a career-high six innings and allowed four runs on five hits. Two of those five hits were home runs. One of the four runs allowed was unearned. Gallardo walked two and struck out three. He also hit a batter.
Jeremiah Estrada struck out five in his two innings of scoreless relief. He did give up two hits, but no walks.
Left fielder Jordan Nwogu hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the third inning. He was later hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for three RBI on the game Nwogu went 1 for 3.
First baseman Ryan “Deadpool” Reynolds had two doubles tonight in a 2 for 4 game. One of those doubles plated one run. He scored twice.
Second baseman Flemin Bautista went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Bautista scored twice.
Reginald Preciado is 4 for 10 with a double and a home run so far this season.