Defeat the Oaklahoma Redhaws on the road 7-4. Juan Mateo continues his rehab -- although is it continuing your rehab if you really have nowhere to go on the major-league club? -- by pitching six innings, allowing one unearned run, and striking out four. It was his own error. Pignatiello, Rapada and Webb all were effective in relief; Cherry... was not.
For the offense, consider the I-Cubs the Soto & Craig show; Soto went 2-for-4 with a walk and a double, third baseman Matt Craig went 2-for-5 with a double. Carlos Rojas, playing out of position at second, went 2-for-3 with a walk.
So... the Smokies won this one against the Team That Must Not Be Named, 5-2. Now, about Jeff Samardzija. Ok, so he's got two wins on two starts in Tennessee. And his ERA is 1.46. Limited sample size or not, that's better than sucking. But... but I was curious. How do you give up only one earned run on two homers?
The answer: the batter popup up foul, but the catcher (Chris Robinson, the increasingly interesting bounty from the Neifi trade) committed an error. The batter proceeds to jack the ball out of the yard.
At the dish, nobody really had an impressive-looking box score line. I suppose this happens when the opposing team commits four errors. Robinson did go 2-for-3 with a walk and a double.
Rocky Roquet got the save. I only mention this because his name is awesome.
Lose to the Clearwater Threshers on the road 6-2. I discover as the year goes on, I know fewer and fewer of who these people in Daytona are.
The Chiefs beat the Kane County Cougars in their own house 5-2. Darwin Barney has two RBIs -- only one on his one base hit. The other? A sacrifice ground ball. He also drew a walk.
They're no match for the power of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, falling 8-5. Mark Pawalek probably had a Playstation on the mound with him, because he blew the save. Tyler Burke, Josh Donaldson and Smith Marquez (does that name sound backwards to anyone else?) each go yard but do nothing else on offense.