The I-Cubs seven-game winning streak ended tonight with a 9-5 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Mitch Atkins also saw his personal seven-game winning streak end with a truly bad performance. Atkins got rocked for six runs in only two innings. Atkins allowed three hits and four walks, all in the six-run second inning. He struck out two.
Jose Ascanio allowed a run in an inning of relief. Kevin Hart was perfect in his inning.
Left fielder Micah Hoffpauir was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI, and yes, I should have a macro made up that would write that. Right fielder Andres Torres had a big night, going 4 for 5 with a stolen base and two runs scored.
Second baseman Bobby Scales hit his fourteenth home run tonight. Scales was 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.
The good news tonight was that the Memphis Redbirds lost, so the I-Cubs maintain an eight-game lead. Their magic number for clinching falls to seven.
The Smokies baked and fried the Montgomery Biscuits, 4-2.
Smokies starter Esmailin Caridad improved his record in AA to 6-3 with seven very strong innings. He gave up the two runs on only two hits and a walk. Both runs scored on a second inning home run. Caridad struck out three.
Jose Ceda had two innings of shutout relief. He allowed two hits, but didn't walk a batter and struck out four. Expect to see Ceda pitching in Wrigley next season.
Jake Fox continues to tear up the Southern League. Fox was 3 for 4 with his 24th home run in AA. Fox scored twice and had three RBI. Fox hit six home runs for Iowa earlier in the year, so he now has 30 on the season.
Second baseman Nate Spears had a 2 for 4 night with a triple. Spears scored twice.
A scheduled off-day, which is good because I don't think they would have played tonight in Florida anyway.
The Chiefs were cut down by the Clinton Lumber Kings, 5-4 in ten innings.
Audy Santana started and allowed three runs in six innings. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out three.
John Muller allowed the eventual game-winning home run in the tenth inning. It was the only hit he allowed in the one inning he pitched. He struck out one.
Center fielder Brandon Guyer was 2 for 5 with a double. First baseman Luis Bautista went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Catcher Luis Flores went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. and a stolen base.
Right fielder Jonathan Wyatt was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Wyatt stole three bases; two of third and one of second.
In a rare Northwest League afternoon game, the Hawks pounded out 24 hits and crushed the Vancouver Canadians, 16-9.
Starting pitcher Chris Carpenter allowed one run on two hits and three walks over four innings. Carpenter struck out one.
Cubs first-round pick Andrew Cashner got his first professional win with 2.2 innings of relief, although he didn't really pitch that well. He allowed two runs on five hits and he walked two. He also struck out two. Both of the runs he allowed were unearned, however.
The Hawks scored in every inning except the sixth. Let's start with Josh Vitters extending his hitting streak to 25 games by going 3 for 5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Catcher Carlos Perez also hit two doubles with a 2 for 6 night. Perez scored three times and batted one in.
Three Hawks had four hits this afternoon. Center fielder Kurt Calvert went 4 for 7 with a double, a stolen base, a run scored and an RBI. Left fielder David Macias was 4 for 6 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Second baseman Marwin Gonzalez was 4 for 5 with a walk and three RBI.
First baseman Ryan Keedy went 3 for 4 with a double. He scored three times.
Did not play.