Principal Park in Des Moines is underwater right now. Tonight's game was postponed. Somehow, the I-Cubs still think they have a chance of playing on Saturday or Sunday, but from the photos I've seen, I don't see how. The Quad City River Bandits have offered their stadium in Davenport (which was flooded out in the 1993 floods) for the I-Cubs should it be necessary. I'm not on the ground in Iowa, but I can't see how it won't be necessary.
Additionally, Kevin Hart and Ben Broussard have been assigned to Tennessee rather than Iowa, where they might actually have a shot at playing.
Jeff Samardzija started and pitched well before the rains came. Samardzija threw three innings and allowed only one hit and two walks while striking out one.
Mark Holliman got the loss in relief, allowing three unearned runs in 2.2 innings. Holliman walked six batters, so I don't think he has a right to complain about his defense.
The Smokies managed only three hits. Tyler Colvin walked twice, but he still isn't hitting.
The D-Cubs finished the first half of their season yesterday. They finished 33-34, which was good for third place in the FSL East Division. The All-Star Game is tomorrow night, and they start all over again on Monday.
Hung-Wen Chen got the start and allowed eight hits in 6.2 innings. However, when they're all singles and you don't walk anyone, you might not allow any runs, like Chen did tonight. Chen struck out four.
Jordan Latham got the loss by allowing a run on two hits. Latham pitched three innings, struck out two and walked no one.
There were a lot of hits in this game with so few runs. The Chiefs had ten hits.
Center fielder Jonathan Wyatt was 2 for 5. Shortstop Nate Sampson was 3 for 5. Second baseman Marquez Smith was 2 for 5.
No, the Hawks don't start play until Tuesday, but they did announce their opening day roster.
Players of note include Josh Vitters (no, he's not injured anymore), Mark Pawelek (ditto) and Kyler Burke, who's going to repeat the NWL after struggling in Peoria earlier this season. Cubs supplemental first round pick Ryan Flaherty has signed and will open in Boise.
Expect lots of updates on the Hawks from the Cubs announcing team as catcher Michael Brenly will be playing for Boise as well.