First, I want to congratulate the Iowa Hawkeyes, who for the first time since 1983 and only the second time in their history, won a second game in the Big Ten baseball tournament. They'll have to beat Michigan and Minnesota on Saturday to stay alive. I don't want to write off their chances, but congratulations on a great finish to your season no matter what happens. Good luck on your quest to make it to Omaha.
Daytona is red hot and won their seventh game in a row tonight.
The Iowa Cubs were lost in the cacophony of the Nasville Sounds, 6-5.
Starting pitcher J.R. Mathes went five innings and gave up four runs on seven hits. One of the runs was unearned. Mathes walked two and struck out two.
Brian Schlitter was one out away from ending the game, but he gave up a game-winning two-run home run instead. Schlitter pitched 1.2 innings and allowed two runs on two hits. He struck out three.
The I-Cubs only had five hits, and shortstop Darwin Barney had 3 of them in 5 ABs.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Montgomery Biscuits, 6-1.
Starting pitcher Christopher Carpenter lasted only three innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Two of the four runs were unearned, however. Carpenter walked three and struck out three. His record on the year dropped to 3-2.
DH Blake Lalli went 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Christopher Archer simply dominated the Hammerheads tonight, Archer went six innings and allowed only one single and one walk. Archer struck out eight.
Luke Sommer vultured the win tonight. He blew the save by allowing two runs in the ninth inning, but stayed in the game and shut down the Hammerheads in the tenth. Sommer had two innings of relief, allowing the two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out one.
First baseman Rebel Ridling was 3 for 4, including the game-ending RBI double. Ridling also walked once and had two total RBI.
Shortstop Ryan Flaherty went 2 for 4 with a double. He walked to lead off the tenth and scored on Ridling's double. Flaherty scored twice.
Third baseman DJ LeMahieu was 2 for 5 with an RBI. Rounding out the infield, second baseman David Macias went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The Peoria Chiefs turned over the Beloit Snappers, 10-4.
Starter Robert Whitenack got the win. He pitched five innings and allowed three runs on two hits and two walks. (He gave up two runs in the first inning without allowing a hit. Walk, walk, ground out, wild pitch, sac fly.) Whitenack struck out two.
First baseman Justin Bour had a double and three RBI in a 2 for 5 game. He also scored once. Catcher Mario Mercedes was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Center fielder Francisco Guzman went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
DH Charles Thomas was 1 for 3 with a two-run home run. He also walked once. Thomas now has two RBI on the season.