David Bote's towering solo home run in the top of the 1st gave the I-Cubs an early lead but ultimately their offense sputtered once again spoiling an impressive 1st start by Duane Underwood, Jr. Well, the defense let him down just as much. Underwood held the the Redbirds down until the 5th when a two-out throwing error by Mike Freeman brought home two runs. Underwood was working as high as 97 on the gun, which is highest I can remember since his days in South Bend, and punched out six over five innings while also recording seven ground outs.
I wish I could be more upset by the outcome of a Cardinals prospect shutting down the Cubs, but Redbirds starter Daniel Poncedeleon is a former Cubs draftee (unsigned) that suffered a horrific head injury on a Victor Caratini comebacker last season. It was just nice to see him healthy and back on the mound. I probably could have done without him striking out twelve batters, but...
- Duane Underwood, Jr.: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 7-0 GO-AO
- David Bote: 1-4, HR (2), R, RBI
- Bijan Rademacher: 1-3, BB
- Chesny Young: 1-3, BB
Trey Martin hit a two-run homer. I believe that if this is the only piece of information I report it was the only thing that actually occurred and not the only good thing that actually occurred.
- Trey Martin: 2-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI
- Eddy Martinez: 1-2, 2 BB
- Jesse Hodges: 1-3, R, BB
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
It has been a very rough transition to AA for Oscar De La Cruz (2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, K). He was knocked around the second time through the order in his first start, but the Generals got to him right from the get-go in this one.
If any team needed a big, easy win it was Myrtle Beach. Just 1-8 heading into yesterday's game, the three hitters at the top of the order set the table throughout the night, leading the Pelicans to their first win in a week. Connor Myers, Vimael Machin and Jhonny Pereda each reached base at least three times. The bottom of the order chipped in as well, as Austin Upshaw and Aramis Ademan each contributed a solo home run. In fact, all nine hitters contributed at least one hit and scored or drove in at least one as well.
- Vimael Machin: 4-6, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
- Connor Myers: 4-5, 3B, 3 R, BB, SB (4)
- Aramis Ademan: 2-5, HR (1), 2 R, RBI
- Tyler Alamo: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SF
- Wladimir Galindo: 2-6, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
- Jhonny Pereda: 1-4, 3 R, 2 BB
- Austin Upshaw: 1-5, HR (1), R, RBI
- Kevonte Mitchell: 2-5, RBI
- Bryan Hudson: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, BB, 4 K, 5-1 GO-AO (W, 1-1, 6.30)
- Wyatt Short: 2 IP, BB, K
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
Wladimir Galindo returned from the DL and was inserted back into the cleanup spot. He had tweaked a muscle in the leg he has broken last year, so the team gave him a week off as a precautionary measure.
Pereda extended his hit streak to nine games.
Wyatt Short is one of the few Pelican's pitchers off to a strong start. He has held the opposition scoreless over 3 appearances (5.2 IP) and has his sinker and changeup working to generate ground balls at an extreme rate. He currently sports a 6.00 GO/AO ratio.
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