For some teams, the season ended today. For others, the good stuff is just starting.
We're going to start with the good news today.
Tennessee Smokies (38-31)
Cover the furniture with plastic, Ryno, because you've just led the Tennessee Smokies to a second-half division title with a 7-0 shutout of the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.
Starter Hung-Wen Chen has been much better in the second half than the first half, and his improvement has played a role in the Smokies turnaround. So it's only fitting today that he shut down the Diamond Jaxx for seven innings. He gave up only three hits and issued only two walks, although he plunked another two batters as well. Chen fanned six Diamond Jaxx.
Left fielder James Adduci broke the game open with a two-run home run in the sixth, which made the score 3-0 at the time. It was Adduci's fourth home run of the season. Adduci later added a two-run single. Adduci was 2 for 4 overall with four RBI and two runs scored.
Center fielder Brandon Guyer was 2 for 4 with a double. He had one RBI and scored twice. DH Blake Lalli and first baseman Russ Canzler were both 2 for 4 with a run scored. One of Canzler's two hits was a double.
The Smokies have one more game tomorrow and then will face first half champion Huntsville in a best of five series that will start in Alabama on Thursday.
Iowa Cubs (72-71)
The Iowa Cubs ionized the Albuquerque Isotopes, 3-1.
Well, Jay Jackson never got a chance to pitch again for Tennessee, but today he got his first start for AAA Iowa. He was pretty good as gave up only one run over six innings to get the win. Jackson gave up five hits, including a solo home run that accounted for all the Albuquerque scoring. Jackson walked three and struck out four.
Blake Parker pitched the ninth and got save number 22. He didn't allow any hits but he walked one and struck out one.
Catcher Mark Johnson has been injured most of the season. The last time he made the Minor League Wrap was May 29. Today he makes it one more time before the season ends by going 2 for 4 with an RBI triple.
The I-Cubs will play their final game tomorrow. The only thing they have left to play for is to see if they can finish the season with a winning record.
Daytona Cubs (30-38, 64-71 overall)
The Daytona Cubs finished their season today with a 7-4 loss to the Clearwater Threshers.
Oswaldo Martinez started but only went two innings as the D-Cubs were giving several pitchers one last time on the mound. Martinez allowed one run on one hit, which was a triple. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three.
Ryan Searle got the loss in relief. Searle gave up three runs on two hits over 1.2 innings of work. He walked two and struck out one.
Shortstop Nate Samson went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI. DH Jericho Jones was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI.
Peoria Chiefs (42-26)
The Chiefs lost to the Clinton LumberKings, 5-4.
Starter Chris Archer was solid today, allowing only one run on four hits over five innings. Even better news is that he struck out six and only walked one.
Kevin Kreier took the loss with a rough inning of relief. Kreier allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one.
Right fielder Kyler Burke hit home run number 15 today with a man on in the first inning. Burke was 2 for 4 with a walk.
Michael Brenly has had a nice season. Today he went 2 for 4 with a double.
The Chiefs finish their regular season tomorrow and play Cedar Rapids in a best-of-three series starting on Wednesday.
Boise Hawks (34-42)
The Hawks season ended today with a 7-6 win over the Tri-City Dust Devils.
Yohan Gonzalez got the win with three innings of relief. He gave up only one run on one hit. He walked one and struck out two.
Steven Grife got the save. He went one scoreless inning. He walked one and struck out one. He did not allow a hit.
Catcher Richard Jones was 2 for 3 with his second home run of he year. He scored twice and also walked once.
Left fielder Runey Davis was 2 for 3 with a triple. He scored once and had two RBI.
We'll see the Hawks again next June.