The I-Cubs rode a five-run fifth inning to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs, 6-4.
Randy Keisler got the start in the Crescent City tonight and lasted four innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out four. Juan Mateo got the win with two innings of relief, although he did allow one run on a solo home run. Jose Ascanio threw a perfect ninth for his third save of the season.
Matt Murton celebrated not having to pack his stuff and go to Chicago with a 3 for 5 night that included a two-run single in the fifth inning. Right fielder Josh Kroeger also went 3 for 5. Kroeger had a double and a stolen base on the night. Catcher Koyie Hill entered the game on a double-switch and went 2 for 2 with a double.
The Smokies didn't have enough heat to fry the Montgomery Biscuits, losing 3-2.
Donnie Veal had his best start of the season, lasting 5.2 innings and allowing only one run on a solo home run. He gave up eight hits, which is bad, but walked no one, which is excellent, especially for Veal. He struck out three.
Jesse Estrada picked up the loss in relief, allowing two runs in 3.1 innings.
Tyler Colvin was pretty much the Smokies entire offense tonight. Colvin hit his second home run of the season, a two-run blast in the sixth inning. He went 2 for 4 total on the evening.
The pitching of the Palm Beach Cardinals completely shut down the Daytona Cubs tonight, who lost 3-0.
"The Intern" James Russell got his first loss of the season in his worst start of the year. Russell gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two. Not terrible, but not good and not nearly enough to win on a night like tonight. Mike Phelps, Casey Lambert and Darin Downs each threw a scoreless inning of relief.
Daytona got shut down by Cardinal prospect Jess Todd and reliever Kyle Sadlowski. The Cubs got two hits, both singles, and a walk.
Second baseman Nate Sampson sent the Chief faithful home happy with an 11th inning walk-off home run that beat the West Michigan Whitecaps, 2-1.
Alberto Cabrera was the starter on the evening and allowed one run on three hits over five innings. Cabrera struck out three and walked five. Relievers Craig Muschko, Dustin Sasser and Steve Vento then shut the Whitecap bats down for the rest of the evening. Each reliever threw two scoreless innings, and Vento got the win to improve his record to 2-0.
Sampson was the big bat on the evening, clearly, and went 2 for 3 for the game with two sacrifice bunts. Maybe if manager Jody Davis had let Sampson swing away earlier, they all could have gone home earlier. Third baseman Marquez Smith went 2 for 4 with a double. DH Mario Mercedes went 2 for 4.