Everybody lost today, although I'm sure no one cares because the parent club has won three in a row.
The Iowa Cubs were swept by the Omaha Royals, 5-4.
Thomas Diamond continues to pitch well this season. He allowed only one run on four hits over 6.1 innings. Diamond walked three and struck out four. Blake Parker got the loss when he allowed one run on three hits over 1.2 innings. The real villain, however, was Jeff Stevens, who gave up three runs in the one inning he pitched.
First baseman Bryan LaHair hit his first home run of the year today, a solo home run in the seventh inning. LaHair was 1 for 3 with a walk. Shortsop Darwin Barney had 3 singles in 4 at-bats. He scored once.
The Smokies were stopped by the Chattanooga Lookouts, 5-4.
Starter Hung-Wen Chen took his first loss of the year. Chen allowed three runs, one of which was unearned, over 5.1 innings. Chen allowed six hits, including one home run, and walked three. He struck out two.
Shortstop Starlin Castro was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had one RBI and scored one run. In more evidence that his baserunning needs work, he was thrown out stealing for the fifth time this year, against four successful steals.
The Daytona Cubs were bitten by the Clearwater Threshers, 8-4.
The Threshers jumped all over starting pitcher Alberto Cabrera. Cabrera got knocked around for seven runs on ten hits over only four innings. Cabrera walked one and struck out five.
Jeff Beliveau threw two shutout innings of relief in his first appearance since being promoted from Peoria.
The Chiefs were chopped down by the Clinton LumberKings, 4-3.
Starter Trey McNutt allowed one run on three hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Closer Jordan Latham blew the save in the top of the ninth by allowing two solo home runs, the first runs he's allowed since July of 2008. (OK, so he didn't pitch last season.) Latham pitched the one inning and didn't walk or strike anyone out.
Right fielder Richard Jones hit his second home run this year in the fourth inning. Jones was 1 for 4 with two RBI. Third baseman Greg Rohan went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He had one RBI. Catcher Mario Mercedes was 2 for 4 with a run scored.