Iowa and Myrtle Beach have already tossed no-hitters this season and the Smokies came within one strike of a no-hitter on Opening Night. Now South Bend got into the fun.
We lead with South Bend tonight for obvious reasons.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs threw a combined nine-inning no-hitter and beat the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 3-0.
Alexander Vizcaíno was part of a no-hitter in only his second start in the Cubs organization. He hit the first batter he faced and then retired the next six. Vizcaino struck out three.
Vizcaíno exited after two innings and Joe Nahas picked up where he left off. Nahas pitched six innings and allowed just one baserunner, a walk in the fifth inning. But that runner was thrown out stealing, so Nahas faced the minimum. He struck out six.
Burl Carraway came on to pitch the ninth and finish the no-hitter. Carraway walked the first batter he faced. Then he struck out the next one and got weak grounders to third and second for the final two outs.
South Bend only had one hit in this game before the 7th inning, but they managed four hits and three runs in that frame for the only runs of the game. Second baseman Bryce Windham singled in the first run of the game and then right fielder Yonathan Perlaza doubled home two more.
Windham was 1 for 4 and scored on the Perlaza double.
Perlaza went 1 for 3.
DH Tyler Durna was 2 for 4 with a double to lead off the seventh. He scored on the Windham single.
Alexander Canario was 0 for 4, snapping his four-game home run streak.
The win was South Bend’s sixth-straight.
The Iowa Cubs were drizzled on by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 2-1.
Starter Mike Hauschild pitched well but got the loss after giving up two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked two, hit one batter and struck out three.
Second baseman Levi Jordan was 1 for 3 with a double. He scored Iowa’s only run,
Left fielder Zach Davis went 1 for 2 with a double and two walks.
The Tennessee Smokies had their mission aborted by the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels), 7-3.
Starting pitcher Dakota Chalmers pitched 4.2 innings and surrendered one run on five hits. He did walk four batters while striking out three.
Reliever Bryan Hudson gave up four runs in the eighth inning which ended up being the difference. Hudson’s final line was four runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. Hudson had one strikeout.
Right fielder Nelson Velazquez provided all of the Smokies offense with two home runs tonight. Velazquez hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning and a solo home run in the eighth. He was 4 for 4 and also doubled. Velazquez now has four home runs for the Smokies in just nine games. He’s hit 16 home runs total this year.
The rest of the Smokies’ lineup had just three hits.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were trounced by the Charleston River Dogs (Rays), 8-0.
Starter Tyler Schlaffer took the loss after giving up two runs on six hits over three innings. Schlaffer walked two and struck out two.
DH Pablo Aliendo went 1 for 4 with a double.
Highlights, if you insist.
Are beating the Rockies 6-2 in the seventh inning.
Reginald Precaido had another three hits in this game. Second-round pick James Triantos had his first two hits as a professional.