The I-Cubs pounded the Omaha Royals, 8-2.
Randy Wells got the start and saw his record improve to 3-1 by allowing only one run in five innings. Wells allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five.
Carmen Pignatiello returned from the disabled list and had his first good appearance in quite a while. He tossed a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Felix Pie came out of his demotion slump. Pie went 1 for 2 with his first home run in AAA. He scored twice, stole a base, walked once and had a sacrifice bunt.
Eric Patterson went 2 for 4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Third baseman Casey McGehee was 2 for 4 with a double and a home run. McGehee had four RBI and scored once. Catcher Koyie Hill also went 2 for 4 with a double and a home run. Hill scored twice.
A third-straight bad start by Jeff Samardzija resulted in the Smokies losing to the Mississippi Braves, 8-4.
Samardzija allowed six runs on six hits and three walks in five innings. Three of those hits were home runs. Samardzija struck out four Braves.
Second baseman Nate Spears went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. Spears crossed the plate twice. First baseman Matt Craig went 2 for 3 with three RBI and a base on balls. Matt Camp played shortstop, as far as I can tell for the first time this season, and went 2 for 5. He didn't make an error and was involved in a double play.
Alex Maestri had his first truly bad start of the season. Maestri gave up eight runs, five of them earned, in only four innings. Maestri allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out two. Billy Petrick threw a scoreless inning of relief.
DH Ryan Harvey was 2 for 4 with a two-run bomb, his second down in the Florida State League. Shortstop Jonathan Mota was 2 for 4.
The Chiefs blew a 6-0 lead, but then recovered to beat the Quad City River Bandits, 10-6 in 10 innings.
Hung-Wen Chen started and pitched well for five innings, but then allowed five runs to score in the sixth. I haven't checked this, but Chen seems to pitch very effectively for four or five innings recently, and then lose it in the fifth or sixth inning. Chen's final line was five runs on five hits and no walks in six innings. He hit a batter and struck out three.
Steve Vento picked up the win in relief. He pitched two innings, allowed one hit and struck out four.
First baseman Luis Bautista went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple, falling only a home run shy of the cycle. Bautista scored three times and had four RBI. DH Brandon Guyer was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Third baseman Jovan Rosa was 2 for 5 with a run scored.
Right fielder Dylan Johnston was 1 for 5 with his sixth home run of the season, a three-run blast in the second inning.