Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 3, Memphis (Cardinals) 1
Hitting Recap: I-Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth when 2B Chesny Young (.293) singled and moved to third on 3B Jeimer Candelario’s (.287) PCL-leading 17th double. It was the 700th hit of Candelario’s minor league career per Iowa broadcaster Randy Wehofer. C Taylor Davis (.295) followed with a fly ball to right, scoring Young. LF Mark Zagunis (.253) smacked his eighth homer of the year, an opposite field blast over the right-field wall in the sixth. RF Stephen Bruno (.280) put the Cubs up 3-1 in the eighth with his fourth homer, a liner over the left-field fence.
Pitching Chart: Not only was it get-away-day, it also happened to be bullpen day. Stephen Perakslis (3.75 ERA) made his second start and tossed four shutout frames, allowing three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the 52-pitch performance. David Rollins (2-2, 6.55 ERA) got the win, yielding a hit and a walk in 1.1 frames. David Berg (1.17 ERA) recorded the final two outs of the sixth but the first two hitters reached in the seventh before departing. One of those runners scored as Berg yielded three hits and an earned run. Conor Mullee (0.00 ERA) allowed one of two inherited runners to score and went on to toss two shutout frames. Dylan Floro (3.86 ERA) worked around two hits in the ninth for his first save, snaring a line drive and doubling off the runner at first to end the game.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa has Wednesday off and return home for a nine-game home stand with Nashville (June 1-4) and Oklahoma City (June 5-8).
Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 8, Tennessee 3
Montgomery sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored seven times to down the Smokies in the series opener.
Hitting Recap: Smokies scored all their runs in the sixth after falling behind 8-0. With two outs, 3B Jason Vosler (.288) single and scored on a triple by C Ian Rice (.256). CF Jacob Hannemann (.196) doubled home Rice and scored on single from DH Cael Brockmeyer (.149). Rice finished 2-for-4 and Brockmeyer was 2-for-3 with a walk.
Pitching Chart: Zach Hedges (5-4, 3.86 ERA) had his worst outing of the year as the Biscuits teed off for nine hits and seven runs in the first inning, including a three-run homer. Hedges needed 31 pitches to get through the frame. Despite the rough first, Hedges tossed four more innings, allowing just one run on four hits and ended the night throwing 73 pitches, 52 for strikes. Hedges recorded 11 ground ball outs but didn’t miss any bats in the first inning. Craig Brooks fanned four in two perfect innings in his third outing in AA. David Garner struckout two and worked around a walk and hit in the eighth.
Smokies News: Jen-Ho Tseng (5-1, 2.80 ERA) makes his tenth start in the second game of the series on Wednesday night.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach
Pelicans as well as the rest of the Carolina League had Tuesday off. Myrtle Beach returns to TicketReturn.com Field on Wednesday night for a four-game series with Down East (Rangers). Oscar De La Cruz (4-2, 3.42 ERA), coming off a 10-strikeout performance his last time out, is scheduled to start against the Wood Ducks on Wednesday night.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 9, Dayton (Reds) 2
South Bend scored eight times in the top of the ninth to take the series opener from Dayton.
Hitting Recap: Cubs were held to one run over the first eight innings, a solo homer from RF Luis Ayala (.275) in the seventh to cut the lead to 2-1. In the ninth, South Bend sent 13 men to plate (the first 10 reached), collected nine hits and scored eight times. DH Isaac Paredes (.246) led off with a single and advanced to third on single from 1B Vimael Machin (.279). Ayala laid down a bunt single to score Paredes and tie the game at 2-2. LF Roberto Caro (.444) reached on a fielder’s choice and Machin scored to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead on an error by the shortstop. LF Kevonte Mitchell (.224) followed with a RBI single and after he stole second, SS Zack Short (.265) ripped another single, plating two runs. 2B Yeiler Peguero (.273) then double home Short and scored on a RBI single from C Alberto Mineo (.263). Singles by Wladimir Galindo (.307) and Paredes loaded the bases and Machin knocked in the final run of the frame with a sacrifice fly. Paredes, Machin, Ayala and Caro all finished with two hits.
Pitching Chart: Making his first appearance since April 10, RH Erling Moreno was activated from the DL and got the ball in the series opener. The right-hander from Columbia tossed four shutout innings, throwing 43 pitches, 31 for strikes, as he mixed in his fastball, curve and change-up. Moreno fanned four and only allowed one hit and a walk……Tyson Millerr’s first two pitches went for a single to left and a homer over the left field wall for a 2-0 Dragons lead. The right-hander settled down and held Dayton scoreless over the next four innings to earn the win. Miller (3-4, 4.98 ERA) finished with a line of 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 55 pitches, 40 for strikes. Chad Hockin (3.38 ERA) pitched the ninth.
SB-Cubs News: LH Jose Paulino (2-0, 4.46 ERA) gets the ball on Wednesday night in Dayton……South Bend activated RHP Erling Moreno from the DL. Moreno, 20, made his MWL debut on April 10 but only went three innings and went on the DL April 14. RHP Michael Knighton has been assigned to extended spring training. In eight relief appearances with South Bend, Knighton allowed 11 hits and six walks in 10.2 innings, going 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA.