The Iowa Cubs were beaten by the Omaha Royals, 5-4.
A strong start tonight for Esmailin Caridad. Caridad went six innings and surrendered only one run on a solo home run. He allowed only three hits total. Caridad struck out four and didn't walk anyone.
Vince Perkins, however, blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning to take the loss. Perkins allowed four runs on two hits and three walks over two-thirds of an inning.
The Smokies banged out 18 hits as they skinned the Mobile BayBears, 5-4.
Chris Carpenter's AA debut was not as successful as we might have hoped. Carpenter went three innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Carpenter walked one and struck out one.
Marcos Mateo got the win in relief. Mateo allowed one unearned run on one hit and one walk over two innings. Mateo did not strike anyone out. Jayson Ruhlman pitched a perfect ninth inning for his third save.
The big bat tonight belonged to Tyler Colvin, who went 5 for 5 with a stolen base. Colvin had one RBI and scored once.
Center fielder James Adduci clubbed his third home run tonight in a 3 for 5 effort. Adduci also had two doubles, two RBI and one run scored.
Starter Ryan Searle took the loss tonight. He gave up four runs on eight hits over five innings. Searle walked two and struck out six.
The Chiefs banged out 17 hits as they grounded the South Bend Silver Hawks, 15-8.
Starter Aaron Shafer didn't hang around to get the win, however. Shafer got pounded for seven runs in only 2.2 innings of work. Shafer gave up six hits, including two home runs. Shafer walked two and struck out one.
Erik Hamren got the win in relief. Hamren tossed 2.1 innings of relief and allowed one run on a home run and three hits total. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one. The home run was a three-run home run that plated two inherited runners from Shafer
Right fielder Kyler Burke was a one-man wrecking crew tonight as he went 3 for 3 with his ninth home run, two doubles and two walks. Burke had three RBI and scored three times. He also stole a base.
Burke was joined by first baseman Rebel Ridling, who was 4 for 5 with a three-run home run, his 14th on the year. Ridling also doubled once. He had four RBI and scored four times.
The top two draft picks from this year's draft were together for the first time tonight, and they didn't disappoint. Center fielder Brett Jackson was 2 for 6 with a double and two stolen bases. Jackson scored twice and had two RBI. Shortstop D.J. LeMahieu went 2 for 5 with two RBI and a stolen base.
Third baseman Ryan Flaherty went 2 for 6 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Starter Robert Whitenack took the loss tonight. Whitenack allowed four runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings. One of the runs was unearned. Whitenack struck out four and didn't walk anyone.
First baseman Justin Bour had a double in a 3 for 4 game. He also scored once. Shortstop George Matheus was 2 for 4 with a double. Catcher Matt Williams was 2 for 3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
I missed this on Wednesday because of my move and not having internet service, but outfielder Brad Snyder is playing for AZL again in a rehab stint. Tonight he went 2 for 5 with a double and a triple.