The minors all played tonight, although Tennessee probably wishes that they hadn't.
The I-Cubs were muted by the Nashville Sounds, 5-2.
Jeff Samardzija took the loss tonight as he allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings. The bright spot on his night was that he struck out six and walked only two.
Neal Cotts had a shutout inning of relief, and he didn't walk a batter either. Cotts allowed one hit and struck out one.
Third baseman Kyle Reynolds had his first home run in AAA tonight. It was a fourth inning solo shot in a 1 for 3 effort.
Do you know that if you buy a dozen, you get a ten percent discount off the whole purchase? That must be what's giving Ryne Sandberg solace tonight because his Smokies dropped their twelfth in a row, 12-3 in a game mercifully ended after eight innings because of rain.
Starter Casey Lambert surrendered six runs on nine hits in only three innings. Two of the hits were home runs. Lambert walked one and struck out one. Three of the runs Lambert gave up were unearned, but he can't blame the defense: It was his own error.
Alex Maestri couldn't find the plate tonight in relief. He pitched one inning and to three batters of a second inning, and issued five walks. Other than that, he was charged with three runs and one hit, while striking out one.
Shortstop Darwin Barney went 2 for 3 with a walk.
The D-Cubs cracked open the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 6-3.
Rafael Dolis started and had some control problems, but only allowed one run over 3.1 innings. Dolis gave walked four and struck out two. He allowed two hits as well.
Craig Muschko got the win with 2.2 innings of shutout relief. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three.
The all-stars did all right tonight. Catcher Robinson Chirinos hit home run number eight tonight with a man on. Chirinos went 2 for 4 with a walk and the two RBI. Shortstop Starlin Castro went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
Right fielder Dylan Johnston also homered, his fourth on the year. Johnston went 2 for 4 with a double and the home run. He scored twice.
Left fielder Jonathan Wyatt went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Justin Bristow got the win by throwing five innings and allowing only one run on three hits. Bristow walked three and struck out four.
Chris Siegfried picked up the save with two perfect innings of relief. He struck out two Snappers en route to his first save of the season.
First baseman Rebel Ridling stayed hot by going 3 for 4 with a double and his sixth home run of the year. Ridling scored twice.
Ryan Flaherty was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Left fielder Cliff Andersen was 2 for 4.
Right fielder Nelson Perez had a double in a 2 for 4 evening.
Because some of you panic without an occasional Josh Vitters update, he was 1 for 3 with a run scored and a hit-by-pitch.