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Ian Happ’s grand slam and a dominating performance by Adbert Alzolay highlighted Thursday’s games.

Myrtle Beach completes the sweep, Iowa beats Colorado Springs, South Bend wins and the Smokies lose on a walk-off.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 9, Colorado Spring (Brewers) 7

Iowa scored three times in the bottom of the 8th and Ian Happ smacked a grand slam as the I-Cubs took the series opener.

Hitting Recap: LF Mark Zagunis (.226) gave Iowa a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo homer, his fifth of the season and fourth of the week. After the Sky Sox took a 3-1 lead, CF Ian Happ (.259) cleared the bases with a grand slam in the fifth, his eighth of the year. Trailing 7-6 heading into the eighth, RF Bijan Rademacher (.216) delivered a two-run triple to give Iowa the lead and Happ added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly. 

Pitching Chart: Jake Buchanan got the start and went five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk. He fanned five in the 87-pitch outing for a game score of 52. Jose Rosario got charged with a blown save as the right-hander allowed two runs in the sixth. Ryan Williams (1-2, 7.71ERA) got credit for the win, giving up two runs over two frames. Felix Pena worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

I-Cubs Notes: Aaron Brooks (2-1, 5.57 ERA) takes the mound Friday night as the Cubs host Colorado Springs.

Southern League—AA—Mississippi (Braves) 4, Tennessee 2

A walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th gave the Braves the win in the series opener.

Hitting Recap: Only six hits for the Smokies. LF Charcer Burks (.320) singled and scored on a RBI single by Yasiel Balaguert in the fourth and then knocked in SS Carlos Penalver (.231) with a RBI single in the fifth. Penalver finished 2-for-4.

Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton got the start and went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. Clifton threw 91 pitches, 58 for strikes ,and recorded eight ground ball outs. Game score 51. RH Brad Markey worked 2.2 shutout frames but got charged with a blown save after allowing the tying run to score in the sixth. RH David Berg (1-1, 3.24 ERA) tossed a scoreless ninth but gave up a single and the walk-off homer to open the 10th.

Smokies News: RH Preston Morrison (0-1, 3.45 ERA) makes his fourth start for the Smokies on Friday night at Mississippi.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 4, Wilmington (Royals) 0

Myrtle Beach blanked Wilmington to complete the three-game sweep and run their win streak to four.

Hitting Recap: Pelicans scored the only run they would need in the second on Jesse Hodges’ second homer of the season, a solo shot. Three extra base hits in the fifth plated two more runs as Tyler Pearson doubled, Daniel Spingola followed with triple, and one out later, Bryant Flete ripped a double. Trent Giambrone added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Pitching Chart: Adbert Alzolay dominated the Blue Rocks for six shutout frames, allowing three hits and a walk while fanning three. The right-hander threw 87 pitches and had a game score of 71. Dillon Maples lowered his ERA to 1.59 with four strikeouts over two shutout innings. Craig Brooks worked a perfect ninth with two punchouts.

Pelicans News: Thomas Hatch (0-2, 4.42 ERA) takes the mound on Friday night in Lynchburg……Catching up on some roster moves. Ryan Kellogg was activated from the 7-day disabled list and Matt Rose was placed in the DL. Rose left the April 22 game after a collision at first. The Cubs have released LHP John Williamson and C P.J. Higgins was activated from the DL. Williamson pitched in three games for the Pelicans this season, posting a 2.08 ERA in 4.1 innings. He walked four with two strikeouts, yielding one run on three hits. The Houston native appeared in 37 games for South Bend last year, posting a a 2.37 ERA in 57 innings. He was the Cubs 23rd round pick in 2015 out of Rice University.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 5, Fort Wayne (Padres) 1

Five South Bend (13-8) pitchers kept Fort Wayne (7-14) in check and the Cubs scored late for the win

Hitting Recap: Not much offense over the first six innings but the Cubs finally broke through in the seventh with two outs. Chris Pieters was hit by a pitch and Kevonte Mitchell followed with a single. Jhonny Pereda reached on a throwing error allowing Pieters to score and then Tyler Payne singled to score Mitchell and give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Another error gifted the Cubs a run in the eighth with two outs and Pieters followed with a two-run homer, his second. Seven hits for South Bend, two from Pieters.

Pitching Chart: Tyson Miller got the start but needed 75 pitches to get through three innings. He allowed a run on four hits and a walk. Pedro Silverio (2-2, 4.40 ERA) fired three scoreless and got credit of the win. The right-hander struckout four in the 57-pitch outing. Marc Huberman worked around four walks in 1.1 frames but fanned four to earn his second hold. Jared Cheek worked a scoreless inning but had to be relieved in the ninth after walking the bases loaded. Chad Hockin retired both hitters he faced for his second save, stranding all there inherited runners.

SB-Cubs News: Left-hander Bryan Hudson makes his second start for South Bend as the Cubs look to make it two in a row over the Tin Caps.


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