Rice homers twice in Cubs’ 17-3 win over Lugnuts

South Bend Cubs catcher Ian Rice homered twice and drove in five runs Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the South Bend Cubs)

South Bend Cubs catcher Ian Rice homered twice and drove in five runs Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the South Bend Cubs)

Ian Rice homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the South Bend Cubs to a 17-3 win over the Lansing Lugnuts on Saturday.

Rice was one of four South Bend players who collected three hits in the game. The others were Andrew Ely, Daniel Spingola and Sutton Whiting. Donnie Dewees and Eloy Jimenez each had two hits, while Tyler Alamo, Eddy Martinez and Jesse Hodges each singled once.

Jimenez — the reigning Midwest League offensive player of the week — extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Dewees has reached base safely in 18 consecutive games.

Gunnar Heidt and Connor Panas homered for Lansing.

Lugnuts starting pitcher Jon Harris took a 28-inning scoreless streak into the game and extended it to 30.1 innings before giving up a run to the Cubs in the 3rd. Harris ended up allowing eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and four walks in 4.1 innings for his first loss of the season.

Cubs starting pitcher Preston Morrison got the win despite giving up three earned runs on three hits, three walks and a wild pitch. He struck out six batters in five innings.

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