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Dylan Cease tossed six no-hit frames, Jen-Ho Tseng fired a gem and John Andreoli hit two bombs in Wednesday’s action.

Stellar pitching performances in South Bend and Tennessee led to wins while John Andreoli’s blasts paced Iowa.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 8, New Orleans (Marlins) 3

John Andreoli belted two homers and Iowa (7-7) scored eight time over they first two innings to even the series at New Orleans (5-9).

Hitting Recap: CF John Andreoli (.286) led off the game with homer and then started the second inning with his second long ball of the day, finishing 2-for-4 with walk and a stolen base. It was his first two homers of the season. C Taylor Davis (.225) launched a grand slam, his second homer, in the second and added a RBI double in the first. LF Mark Zagunis (.119) delivered a RBI single while 2B Chesny Young (.269) and 1B Victor Caratini (.313) both had two hits. Ian Happ had the day off. 

Pitching Chart: Making his first start with the Cubs organization, RH Seth Frankoff pitched four shutout innings and worked into the fifth before a pair of walks ended his day after 73 pitches. Frankoff only allowed one hit and recorded eight ground ball outs for a game score of 60 over 4.1 innings. Frankoff, 28, pitched in the Dodgers organization last year after seven minor league years with the A’s….LH Rob Zastryzny got the final two outs of the fifth but not before a sacrifice fly plated a run. Zastryzny worked a scoreless sixth but didn’t retire any of the three hitters he faced in the seventh as the Baby Cakes plated a run on three straight singles……RH Miguel Mejia (1-0, 4.50 ERA) got credit for the win, working two scoreless although he did allow one of the two inherited runners to score….RH Pierce Johnson fanned two in a scoreless ninth.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa hasn’t named a starter for Thursday night’s game at New Orleans.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 3, Birmingham (White Sox) 0

Jen-Ho Tseng, Daury Torrez and James Pugliese held Birmingham to two hits in the shutout.

Hitting Recap: Smokies scored all the runs they would need in the first. CF Charcer Burks (.313) led off with a triple and scored on sacrifice fly from DH David Bote (.364). With two outs, 3B Jason Vosler (.176) singled to right and scored on a double from 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.178). Tennessee added another run in the sixth on doubles from Bote and Balaguert. Bote finished 3-for-4 as five of the Smokies nine hits went for extra bases.

Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng (1-0, 1.69 ERA) held the Barons hitless the first four frames but a leadoff single in the fifth ended the streak. The 22-year-old went six innings, allowing just the single and one walk in the 83-pitch outing. Tseng fanned two and had a game score of 74. Another solid outing for Tseng as he tries to rebound from the tough 2016 season. Southern League hitters are batting .190 off the right-hander and he sports a WHIP of 0.75 after three starts (18 IP, 1 BB, 12 K)……RH Daury Torrez gave up a single over two frames and RH James Pugliese fanned the side in the ninth to preserve the shutout.

Smokies News: Trevor Clifton (1-1, 4.50 ERA) gets the ball in the opener and Preston Morrison (0-0, 1.69 ERA) toes the rubber in the night cap in Thursday’s doubleheader.

Carolina League—High A—Buies Creek 4, Myrtle Beach 3

Buies Creek (10-4) scored three times in the fifth and took the series from Myrtle Beach (6-8).

Hitting Recap: Pelicans grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first when DH Carlos Sepulveda (.170) led off with a walk and 2B Bryant Flete (.265) followed with his first homer over the right-field wall. Pelicans scored again in the seventh as 1B Matt Rose (.182) doubled and scored on a double by 3B Jesse Hodges (.214). Eddy Martinez (.182) tried to score from first on the play but was thrown out at home on a close call. Only six hits on the night, two from OF Robert Garcia (.280).

Pitching Chart: Oscar De La Cruz (1-2, 3.14 ERA) took the mound for his third start and pitched into the fifth. After only allowing three base runners over the first four frames, the right-hander ran into trouble. A lead off double, a walk and sacrifice bunt put two runners in scoring position. De La Cruz then uncorked a wild pitch and surrendered a triple to tie the game. He finished the night with a line of 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K in the 82-pitch outing….RH Jeremy Null gave up the go-ahead run as the first hitter he faced singled to left. He got the final two outs of the fifth but the Astros used a single and a two-out triple to plate a run in the sixth. Null worked 2.2 frames, throwing 52 pitches, 30 for strikes…..Nice outing for RH Pedro Araujo, retiring all six hitters he faced, one on strikes.

Pelicans News: Casey Bloomquist (0-2, 5.40 ERA) takes the mound on Thursday night at the Pelicans head to Down East for a four-game series.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3, Great Lakes (Dodgers) 0

Dylan Cease tossed six no-hit innings and Vimael Machin ripped a three-run double in the seventh as South Bend  (7-6) blanked Great Lakes (4-9) to take the series. 

Hitting Recap: South Bend was shutout the first six innings but finally broke through in the seventh. C Alberto Mineo  (.265) walked and 3B Wladimir Galindo (.327) followed with single. After two outs, 1B Jhonny Pereda (.308) reached on an infield single to load the bases and SS Vimael Machin (.316) ripped a double to left. Pereda finished 3-for-3 with a double and 2B Yeiler Peguero was 1-for-4 to extend his hit streak to eight games.

Pitching Chart: With command of the fastball and the curve, Dylan Cease mowed down Great Lakes bats for six innings, not allowing a hit in a career-high six innings. Cease did walk three but fanned seven in the 92-pitch outing, 55 for strikes. According to the stadium radar gun, his fastball was 94-96 and hit 98, but it was his curve that the Loons couldn’t handle. Game score of 77…..Following Cease for the third time this season, RH Matt Swarmer surrendered an infield single and a walk over three innings to complete the shutout. He fanned four and earned the win (1-1, 3.27 ERA). 

SB-Cubs News: LH Manuel Rondon (1-0, 3.72 ERA) gets the start on Thursday night as Dayton (Reds) comes to Four Winds Field.


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