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News, Notes and Game Recaps from May 5

South Bend won on their fifth walk-off of the season and Albert Almora helped Iowa past Nashville.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 4, Nashville 1

Iowa scored three runs in the top of the 8th to win their third straight at Nashville.

Hitting Recap: CF Albert Almora (.330) had three hits, scored twice and knocked in a run. In the 8th, 3B Kris Negron (.270) led off with a triple and scored on SS Munenori Kawasaki(.273) single. Almora tripled home Kawasaki and then scored on a wild pitch. C Willson Contreras went 2-for-4 to raise his average to a team-best .347.

Pitching Chart: Relief pitcher Stephen Perakslis made his second start for the I-Cubs, tossing four shutout innings. He surrendered three hits and a walk, and fanned three in the 55-pitch outing. Scott Barnes gave up an unearned run over 1.1 innings. Armando Rivero let an inherited runner score and got charged with a blown save but ended up getting the win. The right-hander fanned one in 1.2 innings. Felix Pena recorded his first save of the season, tossing two shutout innings with three strikeouts.

I-Cubs Notes: Drew Rucinski (0-3, 6.26 ERA) gets the start on Friday night as the I-Cubs travel to Omaha..... Spencer Patton was called up to Chicago to join the Cubs as Neil Ramirez was placed on the bereavement list. While the stay will be short, Patton earned the promotion, going 4-for-4 in save opportunities while fanning 17 in 10 shutout innings.

Southern League—AA—Mississippi 3, Tennessee 2

Braves scored two runs in the first and hung on for the win.

Hitting Recap: Only five hits for the Smokies, as Kelly Dugan two-run, pinch-hit homer (3) accounted for the only runs. LF Mark Zagunis (.269) single, scored, and walked twice.

Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood made his second start and went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. He surrendered a solo homer and fanned five in the 82-pitch outing. Juan Paniagua fanned two in 1.2 shutout innings and Gerardo Concepcion extended his scoreless streak to 14.2 innings with 1.1 frames. Corey Black worked a scoreless ninth.

Smokies News: Paul Blackburn (3-0, 0.29 ERA) makes his sixth start on Friday night against Mississippi. 

Carolina League—High A— Wilmington 4 Myrtle Beach 0

Wilmington’s Ashton Gouda fanned 11 and tossed eight scoreless innings to shut down the Pelicans.

Hitting Recap: Pelicans only had six hits and were shutout for the third time, all with Trevor Clifton on the mound. Hitting .297 over his last 10 games, SS Gleyber Torres (.191) doubled in the first inning but that would be it for the Venezuelan. DH Charcer Burks (.192) double as the Pelicans were 0-for-3 with RISP.

Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton (0-3, 3.91 ERA) matched his career-high with eight strikeouts but didn’t get any run support. The right-hander allowed two runs on six hits and three walks in the 95-pitch outing. He had a game score of 52. Jordan Minch tossed a scoreless 6th but gave two runs in the 7th on two walks and a two-run triple. Tyler Ihrig worked around two walks and a hit in the 8th.,

Pelicans News: Erick Leal (2-2, 5.94 ERA) takes the mound for his fifth start on Friday night.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3, Beloit 2

P.J. Higgins scored on a foul ball to short right field, avoiding the tag at home and giving the SB-Cubs their fifth walk-off win.

Hitting Recap: South Bend took a 2-1 lead in the 4th, scoring twice with two outs. DH P.J. Higgins (.280) ripped a double and scored on a RBI single by LF Eloy Jimenez(.299). CF Eddy Martinez (.232) singled, moving Jimenez to second, and SS Bryant Flete (.260) plated Jimenez with another single. In the 9th, Higgins led off with a single and took second when RF Daniel Spingola (.377) was hit by a pitch. Higgins took third on a deep fly ball to right off the bat of Jimenez and scored when Martinez lifted a short fly to right. Higgins and Jimenez both finished with two hits.

Pitching Chart: In his sixth start, Kyle Twomey held the Snappers to a run on four hits and a walk over six innings. The left-hander fanned six, threw 86 pitches and had a game score of 65. John Williamson surrender a run in the 8th and got charged with his first blown save. He fanned two in two innings. Craig Brooks (1-0, 1.59 ERA) won his first game, working a scoreless ninth.

SB-Cubs News: Adbert Alzolay (2-0, 2.82 ERA) has only allowed eight hits over his last three starts (17.1 innings) and makes his fifth start against Beloit Friday night.


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