There was some movement in the minors today as people came of the DL, both in the majors and the minors. I'm not sure if I have it all, but Iowa outfielder Doug Deeds was demoted to Tennessee. Smokies outfielder Brandon Guyer and pitcher Todd Blackford were demoted to Daytona. Daytona outfielder Dylan Johnston was demoted to Boise. Daytona pitcher Steve Vento was released.
Fun fact: Peoria outfielder Kyler Burke leads all of baseball, majors or minors, in doubles with 27.
A three-run bottom of the ninth inning by the Iowa Cubs did not amuse the defeated Omaha Royals, 7-6.
J.R. Mathes has been having a good season, but today he got knocked around for five runs on nine hits over six innings. One of the runs was unearned. Mathes didn't walk a batter and struck out one Royal.
Neal Cotts made an error in the ninth inning, but was otherwise perfect in picking up the win. Cotts did not strike anyone out.
Bobby Scales picked up where he left off in Iowa, going 2 for 5 with two doubles. He had two RBI and scored twice, including the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Jake Fox saw his batting average drop again by going 2 for 5 with a triple. Hey, when you're batting over .400, that's a bad day. Fox scored once and batted two in.
The Smokies gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth and flamed out against the Mobile Bay Bears, 3-2.
Pitcher Jay Jackson was activated off the DL and turned in another solid performance. Jackson lasted five innings and allowed one run on a solo home run and four hits overall. His control was great as he struck out six and didn't walk anyone. He threw 72 pitches, 51 of them for strikes.
Jayson Ruhlman took the loss. Ruhlman pitched one inning and was charged with two runs, two walks and one hit.
First baseman Russ Canzler was 3 for 4 with a double and his third home run of the year, a third-inning solo shot.
In the first game, James Leverton got the win. Leverton pitched five innings and allowed one run on a solo home run. He allowed three hits and issued two walks while striking out three. He also hit a batter.
Left fielder Tony Campana was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He scored once and had two RBI.
The D-Cubs offense was greatly aided by five Miracle errors in this seven-inning game.
In the second game, starter Dan McDaniel got battered around, allowing four runs on eight hits in only three innings. McDaniel also walked three and struck out two.
Brandon Guyer, went 2 for 6 on the day, 1 for 3 in both games. He also drew a walk in the second game.
Starter Marcus Hatley was terrific for six shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walking one and striking out two.
Chris Huseby picked up his fourth save, allowing only one hit in 1.1 innings. Huseby struck out three.
He's back. Third baseman Josh Vitters was 3 for 4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Center fielder Kyler Burke went 2 for 4 with 27th double. Burke scored once.
Catcher Mario Mercedes went 2 for 4 with an RBI.