Unlike previous years, they’re playing minor league baseball on All-Star Tuesday this year.
The Iowa Cubs laid an egg against the Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers), 2-1.
Mike Hauschild pitched well, but got stuck with the loss anyway after giving up the lead on a solo home run by Christin Stewart in the fifth inning. Hauschild pitched six innings and allowed two runs on two hits. He walked three and struck out three.
Tony Cingrani pitched a scoreless inning in his Cubs organization debut. He gave up no hits. He walked one batter, but picked him off of first. Cingrani struck out two.
DH Tyler Gushue hit a home run in the fifth inning, his sixth home run on the year. Gushue went 2 for 4.
Matt Duffy played five innings at third base as he started his rehab assignment. He was 0 for 2 with a walk. He was pinch-ran for after he walked in the sixth.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Mississippi Braves, 11-4.
It was a rough start for Dakota Chalmers, who got the loss after getting rocked for seven runs on six hits over just three innings. Chalmers had some control issues as he walked four and had three wild pitches. He struck out three.
Shortstop Edwin Figueroa hit a two-run double in the fifth inning. He went 2 for 4 in his Smokies debut.
DH Nelson Maldonado was 3 for 4. He scored one run and had one RBI.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs got popped by the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 8-5.
South Bend starter Max Bain didn’t make it out of the first inning. He gave up hits to the first three batters he faced and the third hit he gave up was a three-run home run. He was pulled after throwing 33 pitches. His final line was three runs on three hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning. He also hit one batter. Bain struck out one.
South Bend ended up using eight pitchers in this game to get through nine innings.
Shortstop Delvin Zinn went 3 for 4 with four stolen bases. Zinn scored three times. He leads the league with 37 steals.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost to the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 4-3.
Starter Richard Gallardo didn’t allow a hit over the first three innings, but four hits and two errors in the third inning led to three runs and the loss. Gallardo’s final line was three runs, two earned, on four hits over five innings. Gallardo struck out five and walked two.
Second baseman Fabian Pertusz hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. It was his second blast on the year. Pertusz went 1 for 4.
Center fielder Jordan Nwogu was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and one run scored.
Left fielder Jacob Wetzel was 2 for 4.
Beat Royals Blue 9-7 for the only win of the night.
Owen Cassie had his first official professional home run. Aramis Ademan went 2 for 4 with a double. Yes, he’s still alive and in the Cubs organization.