Once again, we had another rainout in Iowa, but three of the teams were in action and two picked up wins! South Bend especially piled on the scoring to win over Bowling Green at home under the lights on Monday.
Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 9, Bowling Green 4
Jared Young: 1 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB
Austin Filiere: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB
Chris Carrier: 0 for 1, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Tyler Payne: 2 for 4, 2 RBI
2-2 in Midwest League Eastern Division
Brendon Little makes his season debut on the mound at 7:05 PM Eastern on Tuesday against Bowling Green.
High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 6, Winston-Salem 4
P.J. Higgins: 1 for 2, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Aramis Ademan: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Austin Upshaw: 2 for 5
Alex Lange: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
1-4, 5th Place in Carolina League Southern Division
Keegan Thompson gets the nod as the starter for Myrtle Beach on Tuesday night at 7:05 PM Eastern.
Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 5, Mississippi 4
Trey Martin: 2 for 4, 2 RBI
Carlos Penalver: 1 for 4, 2 R
Mike Rucker: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, Win
2-3, T-3 Place in Southern League North Division
The Smokies play next on Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM Eastern against Jackson.
Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa starts a new series despite the inclement weather on Tuesday against Nashville at 7:35 PM Eastern. A makeup date has not been scheduled yet.
- Alex Lange had an excellent first start of 2018 with Myrtle Beach after completely skipping South Bend. Lange went for five innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run while fanning four batters. His progression in the farm system and his great performance is likely the start of something big for this season. Lange will emerge as the top pitching prospect if things go right for him by the end of the season.
- Mike Rucker with Tennessee also had a great first performance of the season. Rucker pitched five innings allowing only three hits and one earned run while striking out six and earning the win. He has become a sought-after pitcher in the Cubs farm system very quickly with a string of fantastic performances last season in Myrtle Beach.
- Jared Young continued his hot hitting streak in South Bend, going 1 for 2 with 2 runs and 2 walks in the win over Bowling Green. Young went 4 for 4 in the South Bend Cubs previous game. It may only be his third game, but Young’s batting average is up to .600, clearly on pace for a great season.