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Carlos Penalver’s walk-off, another Ian Happ homer and Justin Steele’s solid outing highlighted Thursday's action.

Tennessee scored eight times in the ninth for the win, Ian Hap smacked his fifth homer, Justin Steele leads Myrtle Beach and South Bend had their win streak snapped.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 5, New Orleans (Marlins) 2

Ian Happ hit his PCL best fifth homer to help lead Iowa to a win over New Orleans.

Hitting Recap: 2B Ian Happ (.303) homered over the left field wall in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Happ has hit all five homers from the left side of the plate and finished the game 2-for-4. Bijan Rademacher’s two-run double in the fourth gave Iowa a 3-1 lead. After the Baby Cakes cut the lead to 3-2 in the seventh, 1B Victor Caratini (3-for-4) delivered a two-run double in the eighth. Jeimer Candelario hit his PCL best sixth double and scored once. 

Pitching Chart: Aaron Brooks improved to 2-0 and dropped his ERA down to 4.50, holding the Baby Cakes to a run over five innings. The right-hander allowed five hits, walked three and set three down on strikes. Brooks threw 91 pitches and had a game score of 54. Seth Frankoff was charged with an unearned run over 2.1 frames, surrendering two hits and two walks in the 43-pitch outing. Pierce Johnson earned his first pro save, recording the final five outs, four on strikes. 

I-Cubs Notes: Jake Buchanan (0-1, 12.71 ERA) looks to bounce back after a rough outing as the right-hander gets the ball on Friday night against New Orleans.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 8, Mississippi (Braves) 7

Smokies (3-4) score eight times in the bottom of the ninth to even the series with Mississippi (4-3). 

Hitting Recap: SS Carlos Penalver’s single in the bottom of the ninth scored Jeffrey Baez and capped off a wild comeback by the Smokies. The Smokies loaded the bases to start the ninth with singles from Baez and Penalver and Trey Martin was hit-by-pitch. Erick Castillo plated the first two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly from Jason Vosler made it 7-3.  After another out, Andrew Ely and David Bote singled to re-load the bases and Mississippi pitching walked Cael Brockmeyer and Baez to trim the lead to 7-5. Martin followed with a bloop double down the right-field line to tie the game at 7-7 and Penalver followed with the game winner to left field. Charcer Burks extended his hitting streak to 10 games, collecting hits in the Smokies first seven games, plus the final three games from last season.

Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng (0-0, 2.70 ERA) went five innings, holding the Braves to two runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Tseng threw 75 pitches and had a game score of 55 in his second start. James Pugliese tossed two scoreless frames and David Berg gave up a run in the eighth. Ryan McNeil (1-0, 20.25 ERA) ended up getting the win, but surrendered four runs, three coming on a homer. 

Smokies News: RH Trevor Clifton returns to his home state and makes the start on Friday night against Mississippi. 

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 4, Lynchburg (Indians) 0

Justin Steele and two relievers combined to blank Lynchburg

Hitting Recap: Pelicans took 1-0 lead in the first when 2B Carlos Sepulveda singled and eventually scored on a ground out by RF Eddy Martinez. Tyler Alamo doubled and scored on a RBI single from CF Connor Myers in the fifth. SS Trent Giambrone delivered a RBI single in the sixth and 1B Matt Rose followed with a RBI double. Pelicans collected 11 hits in the win, three from Sepulveda and C P.J. Higgins went 2-for-4. Myers doubled off a runner at second and also made a spectacular diving catch.

Pitching Chart: Justin Steele (1-1, 1.0 ERA) only needed 68 pitches to blank the Hillcats for five innings. The lefty allowed two hits, both doubles, walked one and fanned six. Steele got five ground ball outs and had a game score of 70….RH Craig Brooks added two strong innings, issuing just one walk while fanning four in the 43-pitch outing……Rh Scott Effross worked the final two frames, allowing a hit while fanning one.

Pelicans News: Oscar De La Cruz makes his second start for the Pelicans on Friday night……Pelicans have placed LHP John Williamson on the DL and activated RHP Jeremy Null from the inactive list.

Midwest League—Low A—West Michigan (Tigers) 3, South Bend 2

West Michigan scored three times in the sixth and ended South Bend’s four-game win streak. 

Hitting Recap: South Bend took 2-0 lead in the third when Darryl Wilson led off with double and scored on a single from Isaac Paredes. Yeiler Peguero, who reached on a walk, scored on a ground ball off the bat of Zack Short. Jhonny Pereda had two singles.

Pitching Chart: Dylan Cease baffled the Whitecaps for five innings, fanning seven in the 75-pitch outing. Cease allowed three hits, walked two, and had his fastball hitting 98. Another solid outing for the 21-year-old who didn’t have good command of the curve as he did in his first start but his fastball was lights out. Will be fun to watch when both he can throw both pitches for strikes.…..After tossing five innings in his first appearance and only surrendering one run, Matt Swarmer ran into problems in the sixth, yielding three runs on four hits and a throwing error. The right-hander added two scoreless frames and finished with a line of 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 42 pitches, 33 for strikes.

SB-Cubs News: LH Manuel Rondon looks to build on his gem against West Michigan on April 9, getting the start on Friday night.


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