The Iowa Cubs commandeered the Columbus Clippers (Guardians), 9-5 in ten innings.
Starter Adrian Sampson allowed three runs on six hits over 4.2 innings. Sampson walked four, hit one batter and struck out three.
Jake Jewell faced four batters in relief of Sampson and struck out three of them. The other hit a grounder back to the mound for an out.
The win went to Ben Leeper, who pitched the ninth and tenth innings. Leeper gave up one hit and no runs over his two innings. Leeper struck out four and walked one.
Right fielder Nick Martini had a big night with four RBI. Martini hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to tie the game at 5-5, and then added on a two-run double in the top of the tenth. Martini went 2 for 5 and scored twice. It was Martini’s sixth home run this season.
Catcher Taylor Gushue hit a solo home run in the second inning, his seventh of 2021. Gushue was 1 for 5.
First baseman Frank Schwindel was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the top of the tenth. He also hit a sac fly in the third inning for two RBI on the evening. Schwindel scored one run.
Third baseman Andrew Romine went 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.
DH Alfonso Rivas was a perfect 1 for 1 with an 8th-inning RBI double and four walks on the game. Rivas scored twice.
The Tennessee Smokies trashed the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels), 8-3.
Dakota Chalmers got the win with five strong innings, allowing no runs and just one hit. Chalmers walked three and struck out five.
Ethan Roberts pitched the ninth inning and gave up a two-run home run in a non-save situation. I only mention this because they are the first runs Roberts has allowed since June 8—a total of 15.2 innings.
Center fielder Brennen Davis hit a solo home run in the third inning, his ninth home run for the Smokies and his 12th overall. Davis went 1 for 3 with two walks. He scored twice.
Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda had two doubles tonight and one of those came with the bases loaded and drove in three runs in the seventh inning. Sepulveda finished going 2 for 5 with the two doubles and the three RBI. He scored once.
Catcher Tim Susnara had a double and an RBI single in the seventh inning, driving in Sepulveda. Susnara was 2 for 4.
DH Cam Balego 2 for 5 with two runs batted in and one run scored.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were bitten by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 8-4.
Max Bain dominated the Timber Rattlers for four innings and then ran out of steam in the fifth. Bain got the loss after giving up six runs, five earned, on eight hits over 5.1 innings. Bain struck out six and walked two.
Right fielder Yonathan Perlaza hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to make the final score a little closer. Perlaza went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored twice.
DH Tyler Durna had an RBI single in the fifth inning. Durna was 1 for 2 with two walks.
Shortstop Delvin Zinn was 2 for 5 and his 42nd stolen base on the season.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans ended up in the doghouse after losing to the Charleston RiverDogs (Rays), 9-4.
Starter DJ Herz allowed just one run on two hits over 4.1 innings. Herz struck out seven and walked three.
Jose Almonte had a rough relief appearance and took the loss. Almonte pitched two-thirds of an inning in the top of the ninth and got rocked for five runs on four hits and five walks. One of those five walks was intentional. Almonte did not strike anyone out.
Left fielder Jordan Nwogu was 1 for 3 with a double and a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning. Nwogu also scored one time.
Postponed for wet grounds.