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Oscar De La Cruz blanks the Hillcats and Eloy Jimenez made his season debut in walk-off fashion

Myrtle Beach swept their twin-bill, Iowa outlasted Salt Lake and Tennessee fell to Montgomery for the second straight game.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 11, Salt Lake (Angels) 10

Iowa (15-20) scored five times in the first inning and never trailed in the slugfest win over Salt Lake (21-16). 

Hitting Recap: CF John Andreoli (.253) went 2-for-5 with two RBI while 2B Chesny Young (.281) added a pair of doubles and knocked in two. RF Bijan Rademacher (.250) added two RBI and Ali Solis (.226) was 3-for-5 with a double and a RBI. Cubs had 12 hits in the win and went 6-for-12 with RISP. 3B Stephen Bruno (.228), 1B Chris Dominguez (.359) and SS Elliot Soto (.125) all had a hit and a RBI.

Pitching Chart: Jake Buchanan (1-2, 5.76 ERA) went five innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks. He fanned one and threw 94 pitches for a game score of 34. Miguel Mejia was charged with a blown save, giving up three runs on three hits in 2.1 innings. Pierce Johnson (2-0, 3.21 ERA) also got charged with blown save and took the win, surrendering two runs on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings. 

I-Cubs Notes: Cubs head to Las Vegas on Monday night and a starter has not been named.

Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 4, Tennessee 3

Montgomery (20-16) scored two times in the top of the eight to beat the Smokies (22-15) for the second straight game.

Hitting Recap: Smokies scored all their runs in the sixth. 3B Andrew Ely (.254) led off with his first homer of the year to put the Smokies on the board. A single by SS Carlos Penalver (.297) and a walk to LF Charcer Burks (.295) put two runners on. 2B David Bote (.287) singled to score Penalver and Burks crossed home on a fielding error from the left fielder. Bote finished 3-for-4.

Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton (3-1, 2.25 ERA) cruised through the first four scoreless frames, issuing two singles and a walk but ran into trouble in the fifth as the first four hitters reached.  A single, a walk and a double plated the first run and another single made it 2-0. Clifton helped his own cause throwing out a runner at home on a come backer. Clifton fanned the side in the sixth and finished the night with a line of 6 IP, 5 H 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 96 pitches, 60 for strikes, game score 61. Brad Markey worked a scoreless seventh but gave up two runs in the eighth and took the loss. Markey surrendered five hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. James Pugliese got the final out of the eighth, stranding two inherited runners and tossed a scoreless ninth.

Smokies News: Preston Morrison (0-3, 3.73 ERA) gets the start on Monday night against Montgomery.

Carolina League—High A—Game 1—Myrtle Beach 7, Lynchburg (Indians) 0; Game 2—Myrtle Beach 5, Lynchburg 4—13 innings

Oscar De La Cruz blanked Lynchburg in the first game and Eloy Jimenez drew a walk with the bases loaded in the 13th to take the night cap.

Hitting Recap: Game 1—LF Eloy Jimenez made his return in dramatic fashion, ripping a single to left field to give the Pelicans a 1-0 lead in the first. RF Eddy Martinez (.223) followed with three-run homer, his fourth of the year. 1B Matt Rose made it 6-0 in the fourth with a two-run homer that left the stadium, his sixth. CF Robert Garcia (.258) added a run-scoring double in the sixth. Jimenez finished 2-for-3 and 2B Bryant Flete (.298) added two hits and scored once.

Game 2—After getting shutout the first six frames, the Pelicans rallied in the seventh and finally got on the board with bloop single from Flete, scoring Rose. Trent Giambrone (.220) was hit by pitch to load the bases and LF Daniel Spingola (.343) cleared them with a double to tie the game. Jimenez walked but Martinez grounded out to end the frame and send the Pelicans to their first extra inning game. In the bottom of the 13th, the Pelicans literally walked off with the win. Garcia led off with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a single from Flete. After Giambrone popped out, the Hillcats intentionally walked Spingola and then issued four straight balls to Jimenez to force in the winning run. Spingola and Flete both finished with three hits while Jimenez was on base four times with a single and three walks.

Pitching Chart: Game 1Oscar De La Cruz (2-2, 3.68 ERA) blanked the Hillcats for seven innings for the first complete game shutout of his career. De La Cruz only needed 71 pitches, 54 for strikes, and recorded nine fly ball outs. He yielded five hits, fanned one and didn’t walk anyone. Game score 73.

Game 2—Pitching on three days rest, Casey Bloomquist (3-3, 4.40 ERA) made his fifth start and went 4.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. he fanned three in the 52-pitch outing. Pedro Araujo (3.14 ERA) gave up two runs in the sixth and stranded two inherited runners in the fifth. RH Scott Effross (4.79 ERA) got the next five outs without allowing a run. Craig Brooks (0.44 ERA) and Dillon Maples (1.64 ERA) both threw two perfect innings and Kyle Miller (2-1, 5.91 ERA) retired the first six hitters he faced as the Pelicans pen retired 21 straight. Miller got credit for the win.

Pelicans News: Ryan Kellogg (1-2, 7.20 ERA) gets the ball on Monday night against Buies Creek.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend

South Bend had the day off and return home to host Dayton (Reds) on Monday night at Four Winds Field. RH Tyson Miller (2-2, 4.24 ERA) takes the mound in the series opener. Zack Short leads South Bend in several offensive categories and is first in the MWL with 30 walks and 31 runs scored, fourth in OBP (.434), and sixth with a .917 OPS.

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