Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

A recap of the April 17 Cubs minor league games

Jason Vosler matched his career-high with three hits to help lead Myrtle Beach to a win while South Bend rallied to beat Fort Wayne.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa vs. Round Rock—Rained Out

Game was rained out and will be made up later this summer when Iowa visits Round Rock June 30-July 3. Ryan Williams (0-1, 7.88 ERA) is scheduled to pitch in the series finale on Monday night.

Southern League—AA—Montgomery 5, Tennessee 3

Montgomery (6-4) scored twice in the top of the 9th to take the series opener from Tennessee (4-7).

Hitting Recap: Smokies had seven hits and walked five times but scored all their runs in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game. DH Billy McKinney (.211) led off with a walk and advanced to second on a single by C Victor Caratini (.321). 1B Taylor Davis (.321) followed with a RBI single and after a walk loaded the bases, SS Carlos Penalver  (.171) ripped a single to center, plating two. Caratini and Penalver had two hits each. 

Pitching Chart: Rob Zastryzny battled for six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks. The lefty threw 92 pitches and fanned four. LH Gerardo Concepcion tossed two shutout frames to extended his scoreless streak to seven innings to start the year. Not a good outing for Josh Conway as the right-hander gave up  two runs on two hits, a walk, a wild pitch and left after hitting a batter with one out in the 9th. RH Juan Paniagua got the final two outs but allowed an inherited run to score on a misplayed grounder.

Smokies News: Paul Blackburn (1-0, 0.82) makes his third start of the season on Monday night against Montgomery.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 4, Carolina 3

Pelicans (5-6) made it two straight over Carolina (6-5) with a three-run seventh.

Hitting Recap: 3B Jason Vosler (.324) matched a career-high with three hits and plated the go-ahead runs in the 7th with a two-run single. 2B Ian Happ (.256) was on base four times with a pair of singles, two walks, two runs scored, and a stolen base. 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.267) and RF Jeffrey Baez (.278) plated runs. Pelicans drew seven walks to go along with 11 hits.

Pitching Chart: Take away the Mudcats three-run third and Jake Stinnett was nearly unhittable. Carolina loaded the bases on a hit batter, a walk and catcher’s interference, and another walk forced in a run. An infield single and a sac fly made it 3-0. Stinnett threw 84 pitches in the six-inning outing, fanning four. Jose Rosario earned his first hold, tossing two scoreless frames with a pair of strikeouts. James Farris fanned the side in the ninth for his first save.

Pelicans News: Tommy Thorpe (0-1, 7.20 ERA) gets the ball on Monday night as the Pelicans head to Winston-Salem for a three-game series. 

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 5, Fort Wayne 4

South Bend (5-5) scored twice in the top of the eighth and left Fort Wayne (7-4) with a win.

Hitting Recap: Trailing 4-3 heading into the 8th, CF Donnie Dewees led off with a double and scored when RF Eloy Jimenez (.250) singled and advanced to second on the throw home. He then took third on a fly out and scored the winning run on DH Matt Rose’s sacrifice fly. South Bend scored three times in the 4th on a error by the left fielder that allowed two runs to score and a RBI single from 1B Tyler Alamo (.400). Dewees had two doubles, walked, and is now hitting .421. Jimenez finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Pitching Chart: After scoring scoring in double-figures the first three games, the TinCaps couldn’t solve Adbert Alzolay as the right-hander only allowed a single over the first six innings. A walk and two singles chased the 21-year-old in the 7th who finished with a line of 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. He only needed 63 pitches, 47 for strikes, and got seven ground ball outs. Scott Effross (1-0, 5.06 ERA) allowed two inherited runners to score and the TinCaps added another run off the right-hander in the four-run 7th. Effross came back and worked a 1-2-3 eighth and earned his first pro win. Craig Brooks earned his first MWL save, getting out of a first and third jam with a strikeout to end the game.

SB-Cubs News: Carson Sands (0-0, 3.60 ERA) gets the start on Monday night as South Bend hosts Bowling Green in the first of three games.

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