If anyone has any clean air, please send it my way. The smoke out here is terrible.
This is the end of Baseball America's top 30 that weren't on my list.
22. James Russell. Left-handed pitcher. Stock: UP
Russell didn't get ranked by me because he only threw nine professional innings last season. This year he quickly blew through the Florida State League and has been pitching in AA since early May. "The Intern" hasn't been dominating in the Southern League, but considering he's got about half a season of professional experience behind him, the fact that he's holding his own in AA is pretty good.
25. Jose Ascanio. Right-handed pitcher. Stock: UP
Ascanio has been good in AAA and pitched well in his short stint in the majors. The only reason he's not in the majors right now is there isn't a spot in the pen for him.
On to tonight's games.
Justin Berg got the win in the first game despite some major control problems. Berg allowed three runs on three hits in six innings. Two of the hits left the yard. That sounds pretty good, except that Berg walked seven Isotopes. He struck out four.
Right fielder Josh Kroeger was 2 for 2 in the first game with a three-run home run. Kroeger had four RBI total and he drew a walk. Catcher Koyie Hill was 2 for 3 with a triple and a run scored.
In the first game, Isotopes third baseman Dallas McPherson tied a Pacific Coast League record by homering in his seventh straight game. Six of those games were against the I-Cubs. He did not play in the second game.
In the second game, Hector Carrasco got the win. He started and pitched magnificently, allowing no runs on three hits and walk. Carrasco struck out ten in six innings.
Right fielder Micah Hoffpauir was 1 for 3 with a three-run home run. Third baseman Casey McGehee was 2 for 3 with a double and solo home run. He had two RBI total.
Second baseman Bobby Scales and catcher Tony Richie were both 2 for 3.
The Smokies exploded for 20 hits. Every Smokies in the starting lineup had two hits except Tyler Colvin, and he went 1 for 4 with a triple and a walk. Center fielder Sam Fuld, second baseman Nate Spears and third baseman Josh Lansford each had three hits.
Catcher Wellington Castillo was 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and a walk. DH Matt Craig was 2 for 4 with a three-run home run.
Unfortunately, starter Donnie Veal couldn't benefit from the offensive explosion. He left the game after 4.2 innings. He had allowed six runs on six hits, He walked three and struck out two.
Reliever Rocky Roquet got the win. He pitched 1.1 innings and allowed one hit, two walks and struck out two.
In the first game, Billy Muldowney took the loss. He started and went four innings and allowed four runs on six hits, two of which were homers. Muldowney walked two and struck out one.
Third baseman Jonathan Mota was 2 for 3 with his first home run of the season. Left fielder Ty Wright was 2 for 3.
In the second game, Marco Carillo completely shut down the Flying Tigers. He pitched six innings and allowed two hits. He struck out five and walked no one. Matt Avery pitched the seventh for his second save.
Right fielder Ryan Harvey was 2 for 3 with a two-run home run. Center fielder Jim Adducci was 3 for 4 with a double.
The Chiefs scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to top the Kane County Cougars, 8-7.
Robert Hernandez started and got battered. He allowed four home runs in four innings. He gave up eight hits and six runs total. He struck out two and walked no one, so I guess that's a positive.
Steve Vento was the beneficiary of the comeback. He threw two scoreless innings of relief to record his sixth win of the year.
Shortstop Nate Sampson was 4 for 5 with his second home run of the season. Sampson scored twice and had two RBI. Center fielder Jonathan Wyatt was 2 for 5 with his first home run in the Midwest League. Wyatt also crossed the plate twice and knocked two in.
The Hawk beat the Yakima Bears, 7-6.
Marcus Hatley started threw four shutout innings. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out two. Jay Jackson got the win with four innings of strong relief. Jackson allowed one run on three hits. He struck out seven and didn't walk anyone.
John Muller got the win after Bubba O'Donnell allowed five singles in the ninth inning, which led to five runs.
Shortstop Ryan Flaherty was 3 for 5. DH Rebel Ridling was 2 for 4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Center fielder David Macias was also 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had one RBI and one run scored.
Catcher Carlos Perez was 2 for 4 with a walk and a double in the ninth inning which led to the winning run. Left fielder Ryan Sontag's squeeze play scored pinch-runner Jake Opitz. Sontag was also 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.
Josh Vitters hit his first professional home run. It was a three-run shot in the first inning. The 1 for 5 night extended his hitting streak to ten games. He did make his third error of the season.
Beat the AZL Padres, 16-15 in a game of RBI Baseball.
Chris Huseby once again didn't make it out of the first inning, although he did get two outs this time. He allowed four runs on three walks, a HBP and a double.