Iowa 6, St. Paul 5 (10 Innings)
This one got off to a rocky start for the I-Cubs. New member of the rotation Mike Hauschild pitched Iowa into the 3rd inning, exiting with the game tied at 1-1, but the long relievers struggled to back him up. Dakota Mekkes and Ryan Meisinger both surrendered a pair of runs.
Their fortunes changed in the 7th. Down 5-1, Iowa got an unexpected power boost from veteran catcher Tony Wolters. His three run shot narrowed the deficit to one. It would remain that way until the 9th, when Wolters would once again deliver the goods. This time though, it wasn’t a homer, but rather a tapper in front of the plate which brought home Vance Vizcaino to tie the game.
The Iowa bullpen also picked up their play beginning in the 7th. Jake Jewell fired a two shutout innings, and then Kyle Ryan followed with one of his own in the bottom of the 9th to make Iowa’s game tying rally hold up and send the game to extras. After inherited runner Ian Miller scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 10th to give the I-Cubs the lead, Trevor Megill loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 10th, but he rebounded with a pair of strikeouts followed by a soft grounder to preserve the win and earn his first save.
- Tony Wolters: 2-4, HR (1), R, 4 RBI (.234)
- Trayce Thompson: 1-3, HR (7), R, RBI, BB (.246)
- Nick Martini: 2-4, R (.231)
- Abiatal Avelino: 1-3, R, BB (.252)
- Dee Strange-Gordon: 2-4, SAC (.273)
- Mike Hauschild: 2.2 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 3 K (3.38)
- Jake Jewell: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.92)
- Kyle Ryan: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, K (W, 2-0, 1.93)
- Trevor Megill: IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (S, 1, 7.50)
Last night’s win could be described as a full team effort. Starter Erich Uelmen didn’t have his best stuff or command (2 BB, 3 HBP), but he kept the ball on the ground, inducing a pair of key double plays as the infield defense helped him and the Tennessee relievers all game. Manuel Rodriguez would close out the game with another ground ball double play to get out of a jam left by Wyatt Short.
A couple of the infielders helped contributed on offense as well. Chase Strumpf launched a two run homer, his second. And Carlos Sepulveda reached base four times out of the leadoff spot.
- Chase Strumpf: 1-4, HR (2), R, 2 RBI (.203)
- Carlos Sepulveda: 2-3, R, RBI, BB, HBP, CS (1) (.333)
- Nelson Maldonado: 2-3, R, RBI, BB (.268)
- Tyler Payne: 1-3, R, RBI, SF, SB (1) (.241)
- Brennen Davis: 1-3, R, RBI, BB (.255)
- Grayson Byrd: 2-4 (.232)
- Erich Uelmen: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 HBP, 2 K (W, 1-4, 4.91)
- Juan Gamez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2K (7.11)
- Manuel Rodriguez: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (S, 2, 2.53)
A tough luck loss for Derek Casey, as he struck out seven batters without walking anyone over 4.2 innings. A one out error by Delvin Zinn in the bottom of the 3rd led to three unearned runs eventually crossing the plate in the inning.
It may not have mattered in the end, as the South Bend offense failed to generate much, scattering base runners throughout the night, as they were unable to ignite any rallies. First year outfielder Bradlee Beesley did his part however. The speedy outfielder with a solid hit tool reached three times and swiped three bags out of the two hole in the lineup.
- Bradlee Beesley: 2-3, BB, 3 SB (5, 6, 7) (.262)
- Josue Huma: 2-4 (.238)
- Yonathan Perlaza: 1-3, BB (.271)
- Derek Casey: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, HBP, 7 K (L, 3-4, 3.57)
Nothing to see here, just a second consecutive shutout loss for the Pelicans.
- Jose Miguel Gonzalez: 4.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (3.54)
- Jacob Wetzel: 2-2, HBP, CS (3) (.217)
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
The Pelicans rotation suffered a major injury as Sam Thoresen was placed on the 60-day IL. I haven’t heard what the injury is, but given he went directly to the 60-day IL, some sort of surgery is likely. The 6’3″ 210 pound Thoresen was off to a solid start in his pro career, posting a 3.13 ERA in 7 starts (23 IP, 14 H, 8 ER, 17 BB, 36 K).An undrafted signing out of the University of Minnesota, he showed good velo, and flashes with his offspeed stuff. He struck me as a future reliever do to his command/control, but he would have no doubt remained as a starter for a while in order to get him innings to develop his secondaries.
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