The most amazing game of the year tonight in Albuquerque, aided by a ball hit by pinch-hitter James Adduci that literally ripped right through the webbing of the glove of the Isotopes third baseman.
If you haven't heard, Darwin Barney and Brad Snyder were named to the All-PCL team. Robinson Chirinos, Tony Campana and Brandon Guyer were named to the Southern League Post-Season All-Star team and Alvaro Ramirez and Pierre LePage were named Northwest League All-Stars.
The Iowa Cubs scored nine runs in the ninth inning to stun the Albuquerque Isotopes, 15-13.
It was a rough start for Jay Jackson. Jackson lasted only four innings and allowed nine runs on ten hits. Two of the nine runs were unearned. Jackson did walk only one and he struck out six.
Jake Muyco relieved Jackson and while he didn't pitch that well, allowing four runs over 3.1 innings, he did eat up some innings and go 2 for 2 at the plate. (I can't believe I'm mentioning a relief pitcher because of what he did at the plate.)
Justin Berg got the win in relief by getting the final two outs of the eighth inning. One of his outs was a strikeout.
Jeff Stevens pitched the ninth inning and got his ninth save. He allowed only one single. He struck out one Isotope.
The ninth inning comeback was keyed by a pair of three-run home runs. The first was by left fielder Jason Dubois. It was actually Dubois' second three-run home run of the game, as he had earlier hit one in the seventh inning. Dubois was 3 for 6 with six RBI. He has 18 homers this season and 86 in his Iowa career. The Iowa record is 90.
The killing blow was launched by third baseman Marquez Smith, whose line-drive home run in the ninth gave the I-Cubs the lead. It was Smith's 17th home run this year for Iowa. Smith went 2 for 5 with a walk. He had four total RBI and he crossed the plate three times.
Right fielder Brad Snyder had two doubles in a 2 for 6 effort. Snyder scored once and batted one in. First baseman Bryan LaHair was 2 for 6 with a run scored.
Catcher Chris Robinson was 2 for 5 with a double. He also stole his first base of the season. Robinson scored once and had one RBI.
Center fielder Sam Fuld was 1 for 3 with three walks. Fuld scored three times, including the go-ahead run on Smith's home run, and had one RBI. Fuld stole one base. He was so good, I'm not even going to mention that he made his first error of the season. But if I did, I'd say that making your first error of the season on September 1st is pretty impressive.
It was a huge win as Memphis also won, meaning the I-Cubs keep their one game lead in the American North division of the Pacific Coast League. The two teams play five more games, including four against each other in Des Moines. As far as I can tell, Memphis holds the tiebreaker between the two teams, so keeping the one game lead is huge going into the final four game series.
The Smokies blotted out the Jacksonville Suns, 9-4. (Or maybe it was the rain, as this game had a 1:02 rain delay)
Jeremy Papelbon started and pitched four innings before the rain came. He allowed three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Aaron Shafer got the win in relief. Shafer pitched two innings and the only baserunner he allowed was by an error. He erased him in a double play. Shafer struck out two.
Center fielder Brett Jackson hit a three run home run in the fourth inning. It was his sixth for Tennessee and 12th overall.
Left fielder Brandon Guyer was 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored. First baseman Blake Lalli was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.
Catcher Mark Reed was promoted from Daytona and he was 2 for 3 with two walks. Reed scored once and had two RBI.
The first game was all Alberto Cabrera. Cabrera threw a seven-inning shutout, allowing only five hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out six.
Center fielder Evan Crawford was 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored. Catcher Mario Mercedes was 2 for 3. DH Michael Brenly went 2 for 3 with a double.
The second game was started by Dae-Eun Rhee, who lasted 3.1 innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out one.
Chris Siegfried got the win with 2.1 innings of relief. Siegfried did not allow a run and gave up two hits. Siegfried did not walk anyone and struck out three.
Alex Maestri got his first save. He pitched 1.1 innings and gave up one hit. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one.
First baseman Jake Opitz was 1 for 2 with a triple and a walk. He scored twice.
Tampa lost, so Daytona picked up 1.5 games on the Yankees. They now trail Tampa by two with four games to play.
The Peoria Chiefs were shut out by the Kane County Cougars, 7-0.
Carlos Silva made a rehab start tonight and it didn't go too well. Silva was sharp for the first three innings, but he ran into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings. Silva went 4.2 innings and allowed five runs on six hits. Silva walked two and struck out four.
DH Nelson Perez was 2 for 3.
The loss puts the Chiefs' backs up against the wall, as a loss to Kane County in either of the next two games will eliminate them from the playoff hunt.
The Boise Hawks banged out 18 hits as they downed the Spokane Indians, 11-2.
Cameron Greathouse pitched six shutout innings to get the win. Greathouse allowed only three hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out five.
Third baseman Dustin Harrington was a perfect 5 for 5 tonight with a double and a triple. Harrington had one RBI and scored three times.
Second baseman Pierre LePage was 3 for 5 with two doubles. He scored twice and had two RBI. Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara was 3 for 6. He scored once and had three RBI.
Left fielder Cody Shields had two doubles in a 2 for 5 night. Shields scored once and had one RBI. DH Pin-Chieh Chen went 2 for 5 with an RBI.