If you made it out to Geneva tonight, the Chiefs sure did put on a good show for you.
Rich Harden goes for the Iowa Cubs
tomorrow. Monday. [Edit: Harden's rehab start pushed back a day]
The I-Cubs stopped the Round Rock Express, 3-1.
It's been a rough season for Mitch Atkins so far, but all of that was forgotten tonight as Atkins allowed only one run on a solo home run over seven innings. Atkins gave up seven hits total and most impressively, struck out seven express hitters and walked nobody on the way to his third victory of the season.
Blake Parker has been lights out since assuming the I-Cubs closer position a little less than a month ago. Parker notched his sixth save tonight with a scoreless ninth. He allowed one hit, walked nobody and struck out one. He now has not allowed a run in his last ten appearances and has an ERA in AAA of 0.82.
Aaron Miles played third base in a rehab start and was 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Two down, ten more to go. The Smokies won their second game in a row tonight by blinding the Chattanooga Lookouts, 5-3.
Hung-Wen Chen notched his third victory by allowing three runs in five innings. As per usual for Chen when he's going good, he scattered nine hits and didn't walk anyone while striking out four.
Brian Schlitter got into trouble again in the ninth inning, loading the bases on three singles with only one out. However, a strikeout and a ground out got him his seventh save with no damage done. Schlitter had two strikeouts in the inning.
Second baseman Tony Thomas busted out tonight by going 3 for 3 with a walk and a double. Thomas also stole two bases and scored twice.
Center fielder James Adduci was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.
The day after Ryan Searle got named to the FSL All-Star Game, he got blasted for six runs in a 3.1 inning start. Searle gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out three.
DH Jake Opitz hit his first home run of the season. Opitz was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
The Chiefs went to Geneva tonight and clobbered the Kane County Cougars, 8-1.
Aaron Shafer had his first start since coming off the DL and had three shutout innings. He allowed two hits and neither walked nor struck anyone out.
Jeff Beliveau got the win by tossing another four shutout innings of relief. Beliveau gave up only two hits and issued only two walks. He struck out five. Beliveau has now struck out 44 batters in 34.2 innings. If he just hadn't walked 23 batters this season.
Ryan Flaherty hit his sixth home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fifth inning. Flaherty went 1 for 5 with 3 RBI.
Kyler Burke went 1 for 3 with a double and two walks. Burke leads the Midwest League with 22 doubles.
Josh Vitters had another "ho-hum" 2 for 4 with a double game. Vitters scored twice and had an RBI. He was also hit by a pitch again, so I don't wonder if the early book on him is to try to jam him inside.
Center fielder David Macias, left fielder Josh Harrison, DH Nelson Perez and catcher Mario Mercedes were all 2 for 5 tonight. Macias, Perez and Mercedes each hit a double. Macias, Harrison and Mercedes each scored a run and Harrison chipped in one RBI.