The bad news tonight is that South Bend Cubs outfield prospect Cole Roederer underwent Tommy John surgery yesterday. The good news is that he should be ready for Opening Day next year. It also might be good news if that’s the reason he’s struggled to hit with any power this season.
The Iowa Cubs lost the the Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers), 8-4.
Starter Cory Abbott got lit up for five runs in the third inning and took the loss. Abbott finished with six runs allowed on five hits over 2.2 innings. Abbott walked five and struck out three.
Left fielder Ian Miller was 3 for 4 with an RBI.
Second baseman Abiatal Avelino was 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.
Shortstop Andrew Romine went 2 for 5 and scored once.
The Tennessee Smokies were doused by the Mississippi Braves, 5-3.
Javier Assad started and got the loss. Assad allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits over 3.2 innings. Assad walked four and struck out five.
First baseman Jared Young drove in all three Smokies runs. Young hit a two-run double in the third inning and a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. It was Young’s second home run this season. Young went 2 for 4.
Right fielder Brennen Davis was 1 for 2 with a double and two walks. He scored once.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs detasseled the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 8-7 in ten innings.
Starter Joe Nahas pitched 4.1 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Nahas struck out two and walked one.
Dalton Stambaugh got the win in his first appearance for the South Bend Cubs. He pitched a perfect ninth inning and then got a 6-4-3 double play to end a runners on the corners, on-out jam in the tenth. Stambaugh’s final line was no runs on no hits over two innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Second baseman Ryan Reynolds laid down a bunt single to lead off the bottom of the ninth and a bad throw to first allowed the ghost runner to score the winning run. Deadpool was 3 for 5 with one run batted in and one run scored.
First baseman Tyler Durna had an RBI double in the seventh inning and a sacrifice fly that tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. Durna was 2 for 4 with two total RBI.
Third baseman Grayson Byrd went 2 for 5. He scored one time and drove in one run.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans turned off the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 10-3.
Starter Manuel Espinoza started and got the win. Espinoza allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. All three runs scored on two home runs. Espinoza walked one and struck out four. He also hit two batters.
Danis Correa tossed two perfect innings to end the game in a non-save situation. Correa struck out three.
Shortstop Ed Howard hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his second home run as a professional. Howard went 3 for 5, scored twice and had the two RBI. Howard also stole one base.
Left fielder Matt Mervis hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, his sixth of the season. Mervis went 3 for 5 and scored twice with the two RBI.
Catcher Ed Hearn hit a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 game. Hearn scored once and had one run batted in.
Third baseman Fabian Pertusz was 2 for 4 with one RBI and two runs scored.