Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

A recap of the April 18 Cubs minor league games

Ian Happ had a career night for the Pelicans, Paul Blackburn tossed seven shutout innings for the Smokies and South Bend won its second straight.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa, Round Rock

For the second straight day, Iowa and Express were postponed due to rain. The two games will be made up when the I-Cubs return to Round Rock later this summer. Iowa heads to New Orleans and Ryan Williams (0-1, 7.89) is expected to get the start.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 4, Montgomery 0

Paul Blackburn blanked the Biscuits (6-5) for seven innings and two relievers completed the shutout for the Smokies (5-7).

Hitting Recap: SS Carlos Penalver (.211) collected his second straight multi-hit game and knocked in three runs. Penalver ripped a two-run double in the second and singled home another run in the fourth. Anthony Giansanti scored the final run on a wild pitch.  RF Bijan Rademacher  (.444) walked, singled and scored twice after being named Southern League Player of the Week earlier in the day. Smokies had seven hits and drew 10 walks but were just 3-for-13 with RISP.

Pitching Chart: Paul Blackburn (2-0, 0.50 ERA) continues to impress as the right-hander tossed his third straight quality start, blanking the Biscuits for seven innings. The righty allowed two hits and three walks in the 86-pitch outing, retiring three on strikes. He had a game score of 73.  Corey Black worked a scoreless 8th, allowing a walk while fanning one. According to Smokies play-by-play man Justin Rocke, Andury Acevedo was consistently hitting 97 with his fastball and hit 98 a few times. After allowing a leadoff single in the 9th, the 25-year-old right-hander fanned the side.

Smokies News:  Brad Markey (0-0, 1.80 ERA) takes the hil on Tuesday night against Montgomery for his third start. Right-handed reliever James Pugliese has been promoted to Tennessee from Myrtle Beach.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 6, Winston-Salem 4

Ian Happ had his best game as a pro with a pair of homers and four RBI to lead the Pelicans to the win over the Dash.

Hitting Recap: 2B Ian Happ (.313) set career marks with four hits and two homers as the switch-hitting second baseman added four RBI. His first blast was a solo shot in the third and then added a two-run shot in the 7th. Both homers came from the left-side of the plate and upped his RBI total to 11. SS Gleyber Torres (.119) scored twice and knocked in a run with a RBI double in the 7th. Rashad Crawford (.333) went 2-for-3 with a triple and 3B Jason Vosler (.325) extended his hit streak to seven games with a RBI single in the first.

Pitching Chart: Tommy Thorpe (1-1, 4.35 ERA) blanked the Dash for five innings but didn’t make it out of the sixth, surrendering a run on three hits in the frame. The lefty picked up his first win in the 80-pitch outing with a line of 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1BB, 5K. Daury Torrez got the Pelicans out of the sixth, stranding two inherited runners. Three singles plated a run in the 7th and Torrez got chased after yielding back-to-back homers to start the 8th. David Berg retired all six hitters he faced, five groundouts and a strikeout, for his second save.

Pelicans News: Jonathan Martinez (1-0, 2.25 ERA) makes his third start on Tuesday night against the Dash.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 9, Bowling Green 3

The Cubs (6-5) scored six times in the fourth and beat the Hot Rods (5-7) in the first game of the series at Four Winds Field.

Hitting Recap: Daniel Spingola (.357) recorded the first three-hit game of his career, all singles, to lead the 13-hit attack. Matt Rose (.111) launched his first bomb of the year over the left field wall, a two-run shot in the 4th.  C P.J. Higgins (.250) went 2-for-5 and with the bases loaded in the 4th, doubled home two runs and scored on the play after two errors. CF Donnie Dewees (.405) delivered a two-run single in the third to tie the game and 3B Andrew Ely (.212) was 2-for-4. LF Eloy Jimenez (.250) double, walked, and knocked in a run.

Pitching Chart: The Hot Rods got to Carson Sands (1-0, 3.60 ERA) for two runs in the third but that would be it in five innings off the left-hander. Sands allowed five hits and a walk in the 76-pitch outing that included two strikeouts. John Williamson was impressive in his two no-hit innings of relief, fanning three while walking one in the 24-pitch outing, 17 for strikes. Greyfer Eregua had only allowed one base runner in his first six innings but the Hot Rods put the first two runners on the 8th and scored once. He retired the side in order in the ninth, two on strikes.

SB-Cubs News: Preston Morrison (1-1, 4.50 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night against the Hot Rod.



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