Drew Smyly makes rehab appearance at South Bend Cubs game

Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 10:47 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - A little rain didn’t stop fans from heading to the ballpark at Four Winds Field on Independence Day.

The South Bend Cubs welcomed the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to town for the holiday. It was the start of a six-game series against them this week.

It was a special game for many reasons, as big-league pitcher Drew Smyly made the start. It was the first rehab appearance for a Chicago Cubs player in South Bend this season.

“To see the place full, we’re going to be close to 7,000 people tonight, so it’s going to be a great, fun evening at Four Winds Field,” said Joe Hart, the President of the South Bend Cubs. “So thanks Michiana, Happy Fourth of July and thanks for coming to Four Winds Field!”

Smyly has been off the mound since late May due to an oblique injury. After an hour-long weather delay, he took the mound in front of a near-sellout crowd.

The lefty threw four innings, striking out six. But he gave up three runs on four hits, with all runs being scored on two home runs. He picked up the loss, as South Bend fell 9-1 to the Timber Rattlers.

It is currently unknown if Smyly will pitch again for South Bend.

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