Have I mentioned lately that the minor leagues are all about hope?
Are off to Washington for their one West Coast swing this year. They play Tacoma tomorrow, so expect the wraps to be later than usual--or at least, later than the days I don't fall asleep on the couch before I do the writeup.
Tennessee Smokies (23-25)
The Smokies were burned by the Jacksonville Suns, 7-3.
Andrew Cashner was better tonight than in his last start, although he was a little wild. Cashner went five innings an gave up only one run on two hits. Cashner did walk four and struck out only two.
Alex Maestri had been pitching pretty well lately, at least until tonight when he allowed five runs in only an inning of relief. That inning included two home runs.
Third baseman Marquez Smith was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI. He also scored once. Catcher Robinson Chirinos went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He had one RBI.
The Daytona Cubs figured they'd gone quite a while without a rainout, so they scheduled one tonight.
Peoria Chiefs (27-19)
The Chiefs beat the Burlington Bees, 6-5.
Starter Jeffry Antigua didn't pitch that well, but he pitched well enough to get the win. Antigua allowed four runs on seven hits during his five inning start. He walked one and struck out four.
Chris Huseby got in a little trouble, but he nailed down his 16th save eventually. Huseby pitched the final two innings and allowed one run on a hit and a hit batsman. Huseby didn't walk anyone and struck out three.
The home runs just keep on coming for the Chiefs. Last night it was Jackson, tonight right fielder Kyler Burke hit two home runs. Both were solo shots and Burke now has eleven home runs on the season. Overall, Burke was 3 for 4 with three RBI.
The first of Burke's two home runs was in the first inning and came back-to-back after Rebel Ridling hit his 15th home run with a man on. Ridling went 1 for 3 with a walk and the two RBI.
Third baseman Ryan Flaherty went 4 for 4 with two runs scored.
Boise Hawks (23-30)
Burundi Davis singled home Robert Wagner with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Hawks edged the Everett Aqua Sox, 8-7.
Dionis Nunez pitched a perfect top of the ninth to get his third win. The other two Hawk pitchers, including Robert Hernandez, are hoping to forget tonight's game.
Center fielder Davis went 2 for 5 tonight with a run scored and two RBI. Also, I discovered that Burundi Davis goes by the name "Runey," so from now on he will be Runey Davis in the recaps. Just so you know it's the same guy. The name change probably means he won't get invited to be in the movie with Rebel Ridling and Jericho Jones (Directed by John-Ford Griffin). Probably for the best, since we all know what usually happens to the black guy in that kind of movie.
Back on topic, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee went 2 for 4 with his second home run of the season. Lee also doubled and walked. His home run was a three-run blast in the bottom of the second inning. Lee scored twice.
Second baseman Logan Watkins was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored. First baseman Justin Bour went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI.