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Tyler Alamo homers for Myrtle Beach, Kevonte Mitchell rips three hits for South Bend and Eddie Butler tossed seven strong frames for Iowa.

South Bend made it three straight, Myrtle Beach hands Buies Creek its first loss and Iowa drops home opener.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—New Orleans (Marlins) 2, Iowa 1

Iowa (3-3) dropped their home opener to New Orleans  (2-4) despite a solid outing from right-hander Eddie Butler

Hitting Recap: Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the second when Jeimer Candelario (.261) walked, advanced to third on single from Victor Caratini (.250), and scored on single off the bat of Taylor Davis (.176). Cubs were held to four hits the rest of the night. Cubs loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but Candelario was thrown out at home on fly ball to center to end the inning. 2B Ian Happ (.250) went 2-for-5 with a double. 

Pitching Chart: Eddie Butler turned in the longest outing of the young season for a Cubs minor league pitcher, working seven innings while holding the Baby Cakes to one run on four hits and three walks. The right-hander fanned one and threw 92 pitches, 58 for strikes, for a game score of 66. RH Felix Pena fanned four in two scoreless frames, working around two hits and two walks in the 35-pitch outing. LH Jack Leathersich gave up the winning run in the 10th, loading the bases on a single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch before a sacrifice fly ended up giving the Baby Cakes the win.

I-Cubs Notes: Alec Mills (1-0, 6.00 ERA) makes his second start of the year on Tuesday night.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee

Smokies had the day off as they travel back to Kodak for the home opener on Wednesday night against Mississippi. Zach Hedges (0-1, 3.60 ERA) gets the start for Tennessee.

Hitting Recap: 2B David Bote is picking up right where he left off last year as the MVP of the Mills Cup in the Pelicans’ Carolina League title run. Bote is slashing .400/.455/.450 over the first five games with three RBI and a stolen base. Leadoff hitter Charcer Burks is 7-for-21 (.333) and has one of the Smokies’ two homers—Trey Martin with the other. 1B Yasiel Balaguert is off to a slow start 4-22 (.182) and is still looking for his first AA homer.

Pitching recap: The Smokies rotation over the first five games was Zach Hedges, Jen-Ho Tseng, Trevor Clifton, Preston Morrison and Duane Underwood. Morrison tossed five scoreless, Underwood fanned a team-high eight in his start and Clifton was the only one to earn a win.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 7, Buies Creek (Astros) 3

Myrtle Beach (4-2) handed Buies Creek (5-1) their first loss in franchise history. 

Hitting Recap: DH Tyler Alamo (.364) hit his first homer of the year, a solo shot in the fourth, and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored. 3B Jesse Hodges (.158) knocked in three runs with a single and a triple. RF Robert Garcia (.273), LF Daniel Spingola (.400) and 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.192) all had two hits. 

Pitching Chart: Adbert Alzolay needed 81 pitches to get through 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. Dillon Maples got the win in relief, fanning three and yielding a hit in 1.2 innings. Pedro Araujo struckout three in two scoreless and James Norwood tossed a scoreless ninth.

Pelicans News: Thomas Hatch makes his second pro start on Wednesday morning at Buies Creek. 

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 7, Fort Wayne (Padres) 2

South Bend (3-3) scored three runs in the seventh and made it three in a row behind a 12-hit attack with a win at Fort Wayne (2-4).

Hitting Recap: Kevonte Mitchell (.150) led the offense with three hits, including a double, and scored twice while Alberto Mineo (.316), Wladimir Galindo (.143) and Yeiler Peguero (.200) all had two RBI. Luis Ayala (.304) had two hits, scored twice and knocked in a run. Darryl Wilson threw out a runner at home. 

Pitching Chart: Kyle Miller made his season debut on Tuesday night, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. The right-hander fanned two and threw 71 pitches, 42 for strikes, for a game score of 52. Pedro Silverio piggy-backed and got the win in relief, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings, surrendering one hit while fanning seven in the 40-pitch outing. Michael Knighton worked around a walk and a hit in scoreless ninth.

SB-Cubs News: After five games South Bend had a team ERA of 1.29 and a team bating average of .186……RH  Tyson Miller gets the ball on Wednesday morning in Fort Wayne.


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