It's been a busy day for me here with the draft and all, but the minor leagues go on.
The I-Cubs stopped the Round Rock Express, 5-3.
Jeff Samardzija was strong for six innings, allowing only two runs, one of which was unearned. The Shark allowed five hits and didn't walk anyone. He had three strikeouts.
Blake Parker had his seventh save of the year for Iowa. (He had three for the Smokies) Parker pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two.
Nate Spears had two doubles in a 2 for 3 afternoon. Spears crossed home once and had two RBI. He also stole a base.
Second baseman Luis Rivas was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Make that five in a row for the Smokies as they shut down the Chattanooga Lookouts 3-1.
Casey Lambert had an impressive start tonight to even his record on the season to 4-4. Lambert threw 6.2 innings and allowed only one run on a solo home run. He gave up six hits total but most impressively, struck out eight and walked nobody.
John Gaub notched his third save by also throwing a perfect ninth inning and striking out two.
Third baseman Marquez Smith went 3 for 4 with a double and a stolen base tonight. Smith had one RBI. Left fielder Ty Wright was also 3 for 4
Shortstop Darwin Barney was 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run scored.Daytona Cubs
The Daytona Cubs were nailed by the Jupiter Hammerheads, 10-2.
Dan McDaniel had his third straight poor start tonight. McDaniel allowed six runs on eleven hits in five innings. McDaniel walked one and fanned four. One of the six runs allowed was unearned.
Catcher Robinson Chirinos hit a solo home run in a 1 for 4 night. Chirinos now has nine homers on the year.
Alberto Cabrera didn't allow a run in his three inning start. He gave up three hits and walked two. He did not have a strikeout.
Chris Huseby gave up a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the tenth. Before that he was really good, pitching two innings of relief and giving up one hit other than the home run. He struck out five Cougars and walked nobody.
DH Nelson Perez was 2 for 4 with a double and his seventh home run on the year. Perez had two RBI.
Right fielder Drew Rundle went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple. He also walked once and scored twice.