South Bend Cubs

News, Notes and Game Recaps from June 7

South Bend won by walk-off for the seventh time, Myrtle Beach swept a twin-bill, and Iowa remained red-hot. Cubs prospects were also named to the MWL and Southern League all-star games.

South Bend sends six to All-Star game

First place South Bend will have five starters in the Midwest League All-Star game set for June 21 in Cedar Rapids. Outfielders Eloy Jimenez and Donnie Dewees, 2B Andrew Ely, and 3B Jesse Hodges were all selected to start. Pitchers Adbert Alzolay and Carson Sands were named as reserves. 

Six named Southern League All-Stars

Six members of the Tennessee Smokies have been named to the Southern League All-Star game, which will be played June 21 in Pearl, Mississippi. Pitchers Paul Blackburn (3-1, 2.06 ERA) and Brad Markey (5-1, 2.41 ERA), along with 2B Chesny Young (.299/.392/.365), C Victor Caratini (.290/.395/.365), OF Mark Zagunis (.301/.406/.455) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.222/.328/.372) were all named to the North Division’s squad. 

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 6, Memphis (Cardinals) 5

Reliever Jean Machi got the win and the game-winning RBI as Iowa won for the 10th time in 11 games.

Hitting Recap: Jen Machi’s ground ball to first scored Logan Watkins with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 6th. David Freitas reached on an error and scored on a triple by Logan Watkins to tie the game in the 6th. LF Matt Murton went 2-for-2 with two knocked in but left the game with a cramp. 2B Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-3 with a RBI and stole his PCL leading 21st base. SS Munenori Kawasaki had two hits, walked once and drove in a run.

Pitching Chart: Michael Wagner fanned seven in four innings but allowed three runs on four hits and four walks. Jean Machi allowed two runs in two innings but got credit for the win. Armando Rivero, Felix Pena and Spencer Patton all twirled a scoreless inning with Patton earning his 6th save.

I-Cubs Notes: Round Rock comes to town on Thursday night and Iowa sends Rob Zastryzny (1-0, 4.15 ERA) to the mound.

Southern League—AA— Mississippi (Braves) 5, Tennessee 1

Mississippi took a no-hitter into the ninth and beat the Smokies.

Hitting Recap: An error and three walks gave the Smokies a 1-0 lead in the first but they didn’t collect their first hit until the 9th, a leadoff single from Victor Caratini. The official scorer gave Mark Zagunis credit for a single in the first inning but the change was made after the game. Kelly Dugan added a single in the ninth. 

Pitching Chart: Paul Blackburn (3-2, 2.40 ERA) went 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk. He fanned three, threw 97 pitches, 67 for strikes, and had a game score of 35. Jose Rosario allowed two inherited runners to score in the 6th and fanned three in 1.1 innings. David Berg worked around two hits in a scoreless 8th.

Smokies News: Tyler Skulina (2-3, 3.88 ERA) gets the ball on Wednesday night against the Braves.

Carolina League—High A—Game 1—Myrtle Beach 4, Potomac (Nationals) 3; Game 2—Myrtle Beach 4, Potomac 3

Pelicans got solid pitching performances from Erick Leal and Jeremy Null to help sweep Potomac.

Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Pelican grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on three straight singles by Rashad Crawford, Gleyber Torres and Ian Happ. Jeffrey Baez made it 2-0 with a two-out base knock. In the 3rd, Torres single, stole second and scored on a single from Jason Vosler. What turned out to be the difference in the ballgame scored in the bottom of the 6th when Erick Castillo walked and scored on a single from Rashad Crawford. GAME 2—Pelicans tied the game in the 4th on a two-run single from Yasiel Balaguert. Crawford’s RBI single in the 5th gave Myrtle Beach the lead and Trey Martin added a valuable insurance run in the 6th on a RBI single.

Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Erick Leal (8-2, 3.29 ERA) had all three of his itches working, blanking the P-Nats for six innings before running out of gas in the 7th. He allowed two runs on five hits nada walk to go along with three strikeouts. He had a game score of 56. After the first two hitters of the 7th reached on singles, Tommy Thorpe came in but only got one out as a walk, a RBI groundout, and a double plated three runs.  Ryan McNeil earned his third save, getting the final two hitters while stranding the tying run. GAME 2—Jeremy Null (2-2, 2.45 ERA) gave up a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the 7th but that would be it. The right-hander fanned six over 6.2 innings and didn’t walk a batter. He threw 83 pitches, 60 for strikes, and had a game score of 56. Jordan Minch retired the only hitter he faced for his second save. 

Pelicans News: Pelicans have Wednesday off and head to Lynchburg for a four-game series that begins Thursday night with Jake Stinnett (4-2, 4.15 ERA) on the mound. 

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 4, Dayton (Reds) 3

Bryant Flete’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th gave the Cubs the walk-off win and kept them in first place.

Hitting Recap: Trailing 3-0, South Bend got on the board in the 4th on a RBI groundout from Eddy Martinez. With the bases loaded in the 7th, Flete hit a short dribbler up the first base line that scored Carlos Sepulveda to cut the lead to 3-2, and Donnie Dewees followed with a groundout to first that tied the game. South Bend loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th and 11th with no outs but couldn’t score. In the 12th, two walks and a single set the stage for Flete’s sacrifice fly, scoring pinch-runner Daniel Spingola. Sepulveda finished 3-for-5 while Eloy Jimenez and Andrew Ely both had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Kyle Miller made his first start of the season and went five innings in the 56-pitch outing. He allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk. South Bends bullpen blanked the Dragons the final six frames. Pedro Araujo fanned two in three innings, LH John Williamson worked 1.2 frames, and James Norwood  (3-1, 3.52 ERA) earned the win with three punchouts in 2.1 scoreless innings.

SB-Cubs News: All-Star Adbert Alzolay (4-2, 3.72 ERA) takes the mound at Four Winds Field on Wednesday night agains the Dragons.

Dominican Summer League— Rangers 1 (7), Cubs 1 (0)

Four Rangers (3-0) pitchers blanked the Cubs (0-3) on five hits.

Hitting Recap: SS Yonathan Peralza (.364) went 3-for-4 with a triple while Jose Gutierrez and Jose Rojas both singled. 

Pitching Chart: Eury Ramos got the start and worked four innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Edison Nova gave up two runs over three frames and Miguel Esteves yielded two runs in two innings.

Cubs Notes: Cubs battle Rangers 1 in a re-match on Wednesday.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 vs Dodgers 1—Rained Out

The two teams were rained out and will play a doubleheader (two 7-inning games) on Wednesday. 

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