Sorry this is late. Had baby and sleep issues last night.
The Cubs scored three runs in the first inning and that was all they would need as they defeated the Memphis Redbirds, 4-2.
Mike Burns got his first win of the season with five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. One of the runs was unearned. Burns struck out three. The I-Cub bullpen didn't allow a run or a hit in four innings of work. The props go out to Randy Wells, Neal Cotts and Jose Ascanio, who got his sixth save of the season.
Jake Fox hit a two-run home run in the first inning, his fourth on the season. Fox went 1 for 4 on the night. Right fielder Josh Kroeger hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth. Kroeger went 2 for 4.
Donnie Veal had a good start, but the bullpen couldn't hold it as the Smokies fell to the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, 7-2.
Veal pitched 5.2 innings and allowed no runs on three hits and three walks. Veal struck out two. Reliever Jesse Estrada took the loss. Estrada allowed five baserunners of his own and two inherited runners to score in 1.2 innings of work.
Both first baseman Kyle Reynolds and left fielder Matt Camp went 2 for 4 with a double.
The D-Cubs pounded the Jupiter Hammerheads, 7-2.
"The Intern" James Russell (and I'm going to keep using that nickname until it sticks) got his first win of the season. Russell gave up three runs, two earned in 5.1 innings of work. He allowed four hits, two walks and struck out two. Dumas Garcia and Jayson Ruhlman closed out the game.
Right fielder Jim Adduci continued his strong start to the season with a 2 for 5 night, scoring twice. Newly-promoted first baseman Blake Lalli also went 2 for 5. Shortstop Darwin Barney went 2 for 4 with a double.
The Chiefs lost to the Ft. Wayne Wizards, 5-3.
Chris Siegfried started and went four innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks. Siegfried struck out three. Reliever Audy Santana got the loss by giving up three runs in the fifth inning, the only run he pitched.
Catcher Josh Donaldson had a 2 for 4 night with all three Chief runs batted in. Center fielder Leon Johnson had a 2 for 5 night.