The Iowa Cubs lost to Indianapolis (Pirates), 8-5.
Joe Biagini was in line for the win after tossing seven innings and allowing just three runs on six hits. All three runs scored on a second inning home run. Biagini struck out six and walked one.
Juan Gámez relieved Biagini in the top of the eighth inning and things did not go well. Gámez allowed five runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman. One of those hits was a three-run home run. The only batter he retired was on a sacrifice fly.
Center fielder Trayce Thompson hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, his 14th home run of the season. Thompson was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Catcher Austin Romine was 2 for 2 with a triple. He scored twice.
Nick Martini was perfect, going 2 for 2 and walked twice. He scored one run.
Trent Giambrone was 2 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies were jammed up by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 2-0.
Caleb Kilian made his real Cubs debut today, not counting the two-thirds of an inning that he threw earlier in the week before the rains came. It was a good outing, but he took the loss anyway. Kilian allowed two runs on six hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out three.
The Smokies had ten hits today and no runs, which takes some doing. Going 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position helped.
First baseman Jared Young was 3 for 4.
Shortstop Delvin Zinn was 2 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs mauled the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals), 10-5.
It was a bullpen game on Sunday for South Bend. New Cubs pitcher Alexander Vizcaino pitched the top of the first inning and his second Cubs appearance went much better than the first. Vizcaino faced three batters. He struck out the first two and got the third one to fly out to right field.
Jose Albertos threw the next three innings and allowed four runs on five hits, but only two of the four runs were earned. Albertos struck out three and walked one.
The win went to Bryan King, who pitched the fifth and sixth inning without allowing a run. King gave up just one hit. He did not strike out or walk anyone.
Right fielder Alexander Canario hit his second home run in two games and in only seven games as a Cub in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was a three-run blast and it was his 11th this season. Canario was 1 for 4.
Shortstop Scott McKeon went 3 for 3. He had a sacrifice fly and a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth for three RBI. He scored once.
Everyone in the South Bend lineup had one hit today, except for McKeon who had three.
Highlights. Canario’s HR is around the 3:15 mark. He crushed that one.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans swept the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 2-1. It was Myrtle Beach’s first six-game sweep of the year.
Daniel Palencia, who came over in the Andrew Chafin deal, had a successful Cubs organization debut. He allowed just one run on three hits over three innings. He struck out six and walked two.
Reliever Danis Correa got the win when the Pelicans forced across a run in the top of the ninth. Correa pitched two innings without allowing a run or a hit. He struck out three and walked one.
Bailey Reid threw a perfect bottom of the ninth for the save. He struck out one.
DH Jacob Wetzel had both RBI in tonight’s game. He hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and had an RBI single in the top of the ninth. It was Wetzel’s fifth home run of the year. Wetzel was 2 for 4.
They don’t play on Sundays.