The Iowa Cubs were ambushed by Indianapolis (Pirates), 13-1.
One night after giving up six home runs to Indianapolis, the I-Cubs pitching staff gave up five home runs. Starting pitcher Adrian Sampson gave up home runs to the first two batters of the game. But he stayed in the game and ate up some innings for a weary pitching staff. Sampson’s final line was ugly—seven runs on ten hits over five innings. Four of the ten hits were home runs. Sampson struck out six, walked two and hit three batters.
Shortstop Abiatal Avelino went 2 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies gobbled down the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 5-2 in eight innings. This game was scheduled to go seven innings because the start of the game was delayed for almost three hours.
Javier Assad was terrific tonight, allowing just one unearned run on two hits over six innings. Assad walked one, hit one batter and struck out four.
The win went to Bryan Hudson, who pitched the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings. His final line was one unearned run on two hits over two innings. Hudson struck out three and walked no one.
With two out in the bottom of the seventh inning and Montgomery leading 1-0, Christopher Morel bounced an infield single and Jared Young never stopped running, scoring all the way from second base to tie the game. Young then had a two-run single in the eighth inning to make it 4-1. He then scored the fifth run on a Nelson Velazquez triple.
Young was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Morel was 1 for 3.
Velazquez was 1 for 4 with the triple.
South Bend Cubs
Joe Nahas started on Friday and pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on ten hits. He struck out six and walked two.
Scott Kobos pitched two innings today after the resumption of play and he retired all six batters he faced, four by strikeouts. It was Kobos’ first win at High-A this year and third overall.
Catcher Harrison Wenson had four RBI in this game. Two of them came on Friday with a two-run home run in the fourth inning, his fifth this season but his first in the Cubs organization. The other two RBI came on a double that was part of a five-run eighth inning. Wenson was 2 for 3 with a walk, along with the home run and the double. Wenson scored twice.
Second baseman Jake Slaughter went 2 for 4 and scored twice.
Third baseman Bryce Wyndham was 1 for 2 with a double and two walks. He scored twice and had two RBI.
Chris Clarke started tonight’s regularly-scheduled game. He allowed three runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings. Clarke struck out seven and walked just one. He did hit one batter.
The win went to Dalton Stambaugh, who threw 3.1 innings without allowing a run. Stambaugh gave up one hit and issued just one walk while striking out three.
South Bend had a 10-3 lead going into the top of the ninth inning, but Burl Carraway struggled, allowing three runs on no hits and three walks. All three runs were unearned, however, because of an error. Carraway struck out two in his two-thirds of an inning.
Tanner Jesson-Dalton allowed the tying run to come to the plate after relieving Carraway. He hit one batter and gave up an RBI single before inducing a ground ball to end the game.
Shortstop Josue Huma hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his second this year. Huma went 2 for 3 with a walk.
Center fielder Alexander Canario slugged his first Cubs home run with the bases empty in the third. Counting the home runs Canario hit in the Giants organization, he now has ten homers this year. Canario was 1 for 5.
Two batters after Canario homered, first baseman Bryce Ball slugged his second home run with the Cubs and eighth overall. Ball was 2 for 4 with a double and the home run. He scored two runs and had just the one run batted in.
Third baseman Bryce Windham went 3 for 5 with a triple. He scored twice and had one run batted in.
Catcher Dean Nevarez was 3 for 4 with three RBI and one run scored.
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Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans extinguished the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 10-8. It was Myrtle Beach’s fifth-straight win over Columbia.
Starting pitcher DJ Herz allowed three runs on two hits over 4.2 innings. He did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. Herz struck out eight and walked just two.
Jarod Wright was awarded the win because Herz didn’t throw five innings. Wright surrendered one run on one hit and one walk over 2.2 innings. He also let two runners inherited from Herz score. Wright struck out four and walked on.
Alberto Sojo had to get called in to get the final two outs of the game. The first batter he faced knocked in a run with a single, but the second one hit into a game-ending double play. It was Sojo’s first professional save.
Center fielder Jordan Nwogu went 3 for 6 with one RBI and one run scored.
Left fielder Yohendrick Pinango was 2 for 5 with three runs batted in and one run scored.
Catcher Pablo Aliendo was 2 for 3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Aliendo scored two runs and drove in two.
Third baseman Luis Verdugo went 2 for 5. He had two RBI and one run scored.