Just had to say congratulations to Bobby Scales tonight.
If there's a game in the Pacific Coast League played east of California and west of Omaha, you gotta expect some nights like tonight. The Iowa Cubs lost a wild one to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 16-15 in ten innings.
Starter Esmailin Caridad gave up eight hits and five runs in his five-inning start. Caridad walked three and struck out one.
Let's give some credit to Blake Parker, who not only made his first appearance this season in AAA, but was the only Cub pitcher to not allow a run. He pitched two innings and allowed three hits. He struck out a batter and didn't walk anyone.
Most of the carnage came in a nine-run Colorado Springs' bottom of the eighth. Jason Waddell only lasted a third of an inning and gave up five runs on four hits and a walk. Jesse Estrada didn't get anyone out, but allowed two hits and hit a batter. All three of his baserunners would eventually score. Jeff Stevens got the last two outs in the inning, but not before allowing two singles and a walk. Stevens allowed two inherited runners to score and one of his own. Stevens pitched one more inning to leave his line for the night a 1.2 innings pitched and one run on two hits and two walks.
Kevin Hart got the loss in the tenth inning after the Cubs had taken the lead in the top of the tenth. Hart allowed two runs on three hits. He only retired one Sky Sox hitter.
Jake Fox got back in the groove tonight with two home runs. They were his first in May and his 13th and 14th of the season. Overall, Fox went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and five RBI. Fox also walked twice.
Right fielder Brad Snyder also hit his ninth homer of the season tonight. Snyder had a 2 for 5 night with a home run and three RBI. He also walked once.
Last season, third baseman Matt Camp hit two home runs in 482 at bats in AA. Tonight, he hit his second home run in three games for Iowa. Camp hit his two-run home run in the ninth inning to tie the game up at 14. Camp went 2 for 6 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Catcher Mark Johnson was 3 for 5 with a walk. Center fielder Sam Fuld went 2 for 5 with a double and two walks. Fuld scored three times and had one RBI. Jason Dubois was 2 for 3 with a triple, and RBI and a run scored.
The Smokies game tonight was pretty much a mirror opposite of the I-Cubs game. The Smokies were shut out by the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, 1-0.
Starter Casey Coleman didn't allow a run over six innings. He gave up two hits, walked three and struck out two.
Jeremy Papelbon got the loss after allowing the lone run in the top of the ninth. Papelbon threw two innings and allowed three hits. He struck out three batters and didn't walk anyone.
The Smokies only managed three hits. Two of them were by center fielder Brandon Guyer, who was 2 for 4 with a stolen base.
The Daytona Cubs edged the Tampa Yankees, 6-5.
Starting pitcher Dan McDaniel gave up three runs on five hits over five innings. McDaniel walked three and struck out six.
Jake Muyco got the win without retiring a batter. He entered the game with two out and a runner on first in the top of the ninth inning. The runner was thrown out stealing and the Cubs pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the inning.
Shortstop Starlin Castro was 2 for 4 with a two-run triple. Castro also scored once. However, Castro did make two errors in the field.
Center fielder Marwin Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with two RBI, including the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth.
In the first game, Marcus Hatley recorded the win by pitching five innings and giving up two runs on four hits and three walks. Hatley struck out four.
DH Josh Harrison had a 2 for 4 game with a run scored. Shortstop Junior Lake went 2 for 4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Left fielder Kyler Burke went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
In the second game, Justin Bristow took the loss after allowing two runs in a four-inning start. He was touched for four hits, including a home run. He struck out three and walked no one.
David Macias had the lone hit for the Chiefs in the second game.