Congratulations to Mike Burns and J.R. Mathes for being named to the PCL All-Star Team.
The I-Cubs won their sixth game in a row with a 9-6 victory over the Omaha Royals.
J. R. Mathes celebrated his being named to the PCL All-Star Team by improving his season record to 6-3. Mathes pitched 5.2 innings and allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks. Mathes struck out one.
I missed Dumas Garcia getting promoted to AAA while I was travellling. Garcia got hit for two runs in his two innings of relief. Carmen Pignatiello picked up his third save with 1.1 innings without allowing a run. He had one hit, one walk and struck out one.
Casey McGehee was the big hero for the I-Cubs. McGehee was 3 for 3 with a walk and his tenth home run of the year. McGehee scored twice and had four RBI.
Second baseman Bobby Scales was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. Scales crossed the plate three times. First baseman Micah Hoffpauir was 2 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Left fielder Jason Dubois was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Dubois scored twice. Right fielder Josh Kroeger was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.
The I-Cubs now have a five-game lead over the Memphis Redbirds for first place in the PCL American North Division.
The Smokies were shut out by the Huntsville Stars, 4-0.
Alex Maestri had his second start in AA and took the loss. The results weren't good: Six innings pitched with four runs on six hits. But there was something to like about the performance, which were his five strikeouts as opposed to only one walk. All the runs scored on a pair of two-run home runs.
The Smokies only had three singles in this game. However, they still have a three-game lead over Carolina for first place in the Southern League Northern Division second-half standings.
Daytona bombed the St. Lucie Mets, 12-3.
Billy Muldowney got the win. He allowed two runs, one of which was unearned, in five innings. He got tagged for four hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Second baseman Tony Thomas was 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI. Catcher Blake Lalli was 2 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI. Shortstop Robinson Chirinos was 2 for 5 with a triple and a home run. Chirinos scored three times and had three RBI.
Right fielder Yusuf Carter was 2 for 3 with a walk and a double. He scored once and had an RBI. Ryan Harvey was 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
The win brings Daytona to within a half a game of the first-place (?) St. Lucie Mets in the second half standings. This is surprising, although still early, because the SL Mets were dreadful in the first half, going 19-50.
Time for Bob to shave and Len to grow a beard! The Peoria Chiefs won their tenth straight game, beating the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-4.
Jay Jackson got promoted from Boise and pitched very well in his first MWL start. Jackson threw four shutout innings, allowing only three hits and a walk. Jackson struck out five.
Of course, because of the "starter must go five" rule, Craig Muschko got the win by allowing three runs on six hits in three innings. Madness. Jake Muyco picked up the save, although he did allow a run on a solo home run in the two innings he pitched.
DH Luis Bautista was a triple short of the cycle. He went 3 for 3 with three RBI and two runs scored. The homer was his sixth of the year.
Shortstop Nate Sampson was 3 for 5 with a double. Catcher Josh Donaldson was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The Chiefs now 10-5 and are tied with Cedar Rapids and Beloit for first place in the Midwest League Western Division.
I've just been informed that the facial hair offer for the Cubs broadcast team only applies to the Cubs and not their minor league affiliates. Oh well. Bob might shave if the Boise Hawks won ten in a row though, as long as their backup catcher played a big role.
The Hawks lost to the Vancouver Canadians, 7-4.
Josh Whitlock got the start and allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. Two of the hits were two-run home runs. Whitlock struck out six.
Bubba O'Donnell took the loss by allowing three runs in the ninth inning. O'Donnell pitched 1.1 innings total and allowed two hits and walked three.
First baseman Rebel Ridling was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Left fielder David Macias was 2 for 4 with a double.
DH Josh Vitters hit streak reached fifteen games with a 1 for 4 night with a double.