Starting at DH and in his first at-bat in the third, Daniel Vogelbach launched a solo homer over the center field wall off Reds’ top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson. The 23-year-old grounded out to second and struckout in his other two plate appearances. Hampered by hamstring and oblique injuries last year, the Florida native only appeared in 81 games and saw his power numbers drop to a career low. Vogelbach was added to the 40-man roster during the off-season...... Bryant Flete saw his first action, playing second and grounding out to short in his only at-bat. Flete, 23, spent most of last year as a reserve in AA and finished up the year in South Bend........ Jeimer Candelario got the start at third and went 0-for-3...... 3B Jason Vosler grounded out to the pitcher as a pinch-hitter in the 8th and stayed in the game. The Cubs 16th round pick in 2014 out of Northeastern hit 10 homers last year between South Bend and Myrtle Beach......1B Taylor Davis was 0-for-1 and CF John Andreoli fanned in his only at-bat.
South Bend Opening Night
The South Bend Cubs open the 2016 season at home against the West Michigan Whitecaps with first-pitch at 7;05 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 7. There will be a pre-game concert from Southern Straight Away and a post-game fireworks show. The first 1.000 fans through the gates will receive a car flag and the first 2,000 get a 2016 Magnetic Schedule. Tickets are still available.
Smokies Announce Fandemonium
The Tennessee Smokies will host their annual Fan Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Saturday, April 2, at Smokies Stadium. The free event will give the option to receive guided tours of the renovated facility and be able to play catch on the field. Attendees will also get a chance to try free food samples and receive complimentary soft drinks and water. As well, the first 500 people through the gates will receive a free ticket to Opening Night on Thursday, April 7. Fandemonium 2016 will also feature a media backdrop at the entrance for photos with the Smokies' mascots, between inning games on the field with the team's Rally Crew, inflatables for kids and raffle tickets with prizes ranging from giveaways, autographs, tickets and more.