Myrtle Beach rallied to take their third straight series while South Bend fell.

Myrtle Beach was the only one flying the “W” flag on Sunday as South Bend lost while Iowa and Tennessee were rained out.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa vs. Round Rock —Rained out

Fo the second straight day, there was no baseball at Principal Park as rained washed out Sunday’s tile. The two teams will try to play Monday at noon as the I-Cubs send Seth Frankoff (0-1, 4.05 ERA) to the mound. No make up date for either rainout has been announced.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee @ Mississippi—Rained Out

Smokies were rained out on Sunday and will play a double header starting on Monday morning. Tennessee has yet to announce their starters but Zach Hedges and Jen-Ho Tseng are in line to get the start.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 10, Lynchburg (Indians) 8

In the rubber game of the three-game series, Myrtle Beach scored ten unanswered runs to beat Lynchburg.

Hitting Recap: After four shutout frames, the Pelicans finally got on the board in the fifth in part to an error and a hit batter. With two runners on, DH Carlos Sepulveda doubled in two runs. 3B Jesse Hodges led off the seventh with a double and scored on a single from Adonis Paula. A single and hit batter loaded the bases and a passed ball made it 5-4. 2B Bryant Flete then singled, scoring two more runs to give Myrtle Beach the lead. They added four more in the eighth, two coming on Flete’s second homer of the season. Pelicans had 11 hits in the win, two each from  Trent Giambrone, Flete, P.J. Higgins, and Hodges.

Pitching Chart: Oscar De La Cruz (4.24 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 first but an error, a walk and a sacrifice bunt put two runners in scoring position.  The Hillcats first hit plated two runs and another single kept the rally going, but De la Cruz retired the next two hitters to end the threat. After retiring the first two hitters of the third, De La Cruz gave up a single and a two-run homer for a 3-0 Hillcats lead. Lynchburg added another run in the fourth with a double and RBI single. De La Cruz threw 77 pitches, 48 for strikes, and finished the game with a line of 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Game score 29……RH Casey Bloomquist (1-2, 4.74 ERA) piggy-backed to start the fifth and tossed 2.1 scoreless frames, but got lifted in the seventh after walk and a single. Bloomquist threw 41 pitches, walked three and gave up two hits to get the win……RH Dillon Maples (1.38 ERA) got the first two hitters he faced in the seventh to end the threat and worked a scoreless eighth…. RH James Norwood (2.77 ERA) gave up three runs in the ninth on three hits and a walk.

Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach heads to Frederick on Monday and send left-hander Ryan Kellogg (1-0, 5.40 ERA) to the mound.

Midwest League—Low A—Fort Wayne (Padres) 8, South Bend 5

Fort Wayne used a six-run fifth to split the four-game series with South Bend.

Hitting Recap: LF Kevonte Mitchell (.257) launched a long solo homer off the building over the let field wall in the second to tie the game at 1-1. It was Mitchell’s third homer of the season and his second bomb of the road trip, smacking one 501 feet in Lansing. The Cubs added two runs in the fifth when Jhonny Pereda (.344) led off with a single and took second on a walk to Darryl Wilson (.159). SS Zack Short (.250) plated Pereda with a RBI single and 2B Yeiler Peguero (.308) added a RBI single, scoring Wilson. South Bend took advantage of three Fort Wayne errors in the seventh, scoring two unearned runs. Pereda was on base four times with two walks and two hits, scoring twice.

Pitching Chart: Manuel Rondon (2-1, 5.01 ERA) gave up a leadoff single in the first that came around to score on a sacrifice fly. Rondon kept the Tin Caps off the board the next three innings but didn't make it out of the fifth. Rondon gave up four singles in the inning as Fort Wayne scored three times before Rondon exited. The left-hander finished with a line of 4.2 IP, 7 H 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 pitches, 49 for strikes, game score 43….RH Michael Rucker (2.84 ERA) couldn’t stop the bleeding in the fifth, surrendering a RBI triple to the first hitter he faced and then gave up a two-run homer before getting the final out. Rucker retired the side in order in the sixth, his final inning.….RH Dakota Mekkes (0.68 ERA) worked around a pair of walks in the seventh, recording two punchouts in his only inning of work……RH Jared Cheek (4.50 ERA) made his second appearance and was greeted with a leadoff homer in the eighth. He gave up two hits and fanned one in the inning.

SB-Cubs News: South Bend has Monday off and are back in a action on Tuesday night when they host Kane Country (Diamondbacks). Jose Paulino (1-0, 4.50 ERA) gets the start.

 


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