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Solid outing by Preston Morrison is wasted and Jeimer Candelario leads I-Cubs to win.

Iowa split a twin-bill with New Orleans while big innings cost the Smokies and the Pelicans on Thursday night. South Bend was rained out.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Game 1—New Orleans (Marlins) 11, Iowa 5; Game 2—Iowa 2, New Orleans 1

Jeimer Candelario knocked in both runs in the night-cap as the I-Cubs earned the split.

Hitting Recap: Game 1—Iowa had 12 hits as 3B Chris Dominguez went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and four RBI. RF Chesny Young had three hits and 1B Victor Caratini added a RBI double. SS Osvaldo Martinez was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Game 2—Cubs tied the game in the third when Chesny Young reached on a two-out single. Young took second on passed ball and scored on Jeimer Candelario’s RBI single to right. Todd Glaesmann opened the fifth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Martinez. Young singled but Glaesmann was thrown out at home on the play. Young took second on the throw and scored on Candelario’s line drive to center. Young and Candelario both finished with two hits as the I-Cubs had six in the game.

Pitching Chart: Game 1— RH Jake Buchanan only lasted three innings, throwing 77 pitches while allowing three runs on five hits and five walks. He fanned one and had a game score of 30. Ryan Williams (1-3, 11.85 ERA) gave up two runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth, surrendering a pair of homers. Jose Rosario tossed a scoreless sixth.

Game 2—The bullpen tandem of Dylan Floro, Zac Rosscup and Pierce Johnson got the job done. Floro got the start and tossed four innings, allowing a run on three hits. Rosscup fanned four in two perfect frames and earned the win. Johnson tossed a scoreless seventh for his third save.

I-Cubs Notes: Aaron Brooks (2-2, 6.84 ERA) makes his sixth start on Friday night in New Orleans.

Southern League—AA—Jacksonville (Marlins) 6, Tennessee 2

Jacksonville scored five times in the top of the ninth and evened the series with Tennessee.

Hitting Recap: After seven scoreless, the Smokies took a 2-1 lead in the eighth when Jacob Hannemann reached on a two-out error and 2B David Bote launched a two-run homer to left center. Smokies had 11 hits with Carlos Penalver and Jason Vosler both going 3-for-4.

Pitching Chart: Preston Morrison tossed a season-high six innings and turned in his best outing of the season, blanking the Jump Shrimp. The right-hander only allowed two hits and fanned three in the 86-pitch outing. Morrison had the Shrimp beating the ball into the dirt with 13 ground ball outs in the gem. Game score 75….Making his second appearance of the season, RH David Garner worked around a one-out double in a scoreless seventh…..LH Gerardo Concepcion made his first appearance since coming of the DL and ran into trouble with a double and a hit batter to lead off the eighth. After getting an out, Concepcion issued a walk and then a single for the game’s first run. He got out of the jam with double play….RH Stephen Perakslis couldn’t get the job done in the ninth, giving up four straight singles as Jacksonville took a 3-2 lead. The Jumbo Shrimp added a RBI ground out and a two-run double before the frame was over.

Smokies News: Duane Underwood (1-1, 3.60 ERA) takes the hill on Friday night against the Jumbo Shrimp…..LHP Gerardo Concepcion and RHP Jhondaniel Medina have been activated from the 7-day DL.  RH Ryan McNeil has been placed on the 7-day DL.

Carolina League—High A—Buies Creek (Astros) 9, Myrtle Beach 4

Buies Creek (19-9) scored nine times in the fourth and took the series opener from Myrtle Beach (15-13).

Hitting Recap: Making his first start since April 22, Matt Rose went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI. Daniel Spingola added a two-run single in the sixth as the Pelicans were held to four hits 

Pitching Chart: Making his sixth start, Thomas Hatch had the shortest outing of his career, only lasting 3.2 frames. After blanking the Astros for the first three frames, Hatch ran into trouble in the fourth with a single and two walks to load the bases. The right-hander then misplayed a come backer to the mound that allowed the first run to score and a single to left field gave the Astros the lead. Hatch threw 77 pitches and finished with a line of 3.2 IP, 2 H, 5R, 2 ER, 4 B, 5 K…….LH Tommy Thorpe walked the first two hitters he faced, forcing in two runs, and a wild pitch scored the fifth run of the frame. The Astros added another RBI single for a 6-1 lead and after another walk, a double cleared the bases and made it 9-1. After another walk, Thorpe’s rough night ended having allowed all three inherited runners to score as well as four more runs……RH Scott Effross had allowed 13 hits and nine earned runs over his last four relief appearances but the right-hander had a solid outing. He only needed one pitch to recorded the final out of the fourth and then tossed three shutout frames, retiring six straight at one point…RH James Norwood kept the Astros off the board the final two innings, fanning four.

Pelicans News: LH Justin Steele (1-2, 3.74 ERA) takes the mound on Friday night against Buies Creek.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend vs. Kane County—Rained Out

Thursday’s game was rained out and will not be made up as the two teams don’t play each other again this year. The Cubs entertain Clinton on Friday night with Bryan Hudson (0-1, 10.13 ERA) scheduled to pitch.

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