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The Iowa Cubs tarred and feathered the Memphis Redbirds, 8-5.
Starter Mitch Atkins was strong tonight as he pitched the I-Cubs to within a game of a division title. Atkins went six innings and allowed four runs, but only two of those four runs were earned. He gave up seven hits, including a solo home run. Atkins did not walk anyone and struck out six. The win improved Atkins' record to 8-3.
Second baseman Bobby Scales hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning that gave Iowa the lead for good. It was Scales tenth home run this year. Scales was 2 for 3 with a walk and four RBI total.
Center fielder James Adduci went 3 for 5 and stole two bases. Adduci scored twice.
Right fielder Brad Snyder and left fielde Jason Dubois were both 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI. Snyder scored twice and Dubois scored once. Snyder also stole a base. Dubois didn't get credit for a stolen base because he was going on ball four in the sixth inning, but he made it to third base when the Redbirds catcher threw the ball into center field.
Jeff Samardzija takes to mound tomorrow at 1:05 Central as the Iowa Cubs look to clinch the PCL American North Division title. The Redbirds will send Oneli Perez to the mound. Iowa needs to win either on Sunday or Monday to win the title.
The Tennessee Smokies deep-fried the Carolina Mudcats, 10-5.
Ryan Buchter took the mound for his first start of the season and struggled, allowing four runs on six hits over three innings. Buchter walked two and struck out one.
Kyle Smit improved his record to 5-1 since coming over from the Dodgers. He pitched one shutout inning, allowing two hits. He did not have a strikeout or a walk.
Blake Parker got his fifth save for the Smokies with two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out four.
Third baseman Russ Canzler had five RBI by going 3 for 5 with two doubles.
Catcher Steve Clevenger hit his fifth homer of the year, a solo home run in the second inning. Clevenger went 1 for 4 with a walk.
Left fielder Brandon Guyer is so hot right now, he sets off sprinkler systems. Tonight he went 3 for 3 with a double and two walks. He also stole two bases, giving him 29 on the season. Guyer scored three times. His triple slash stats since the all-star break? .420/.458/.704.
The Daytona Cubs fell short against the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 3-1. The loss officially eliminates Daytona from the post-season.
Oswaldo Martinez started and threw three innings of no-hit baseball. Unfortunately, he took the loss because he allowed one run on two walks and a runner scored from second on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. (I don't know how that happened. I was paying attention to Iowa.) Martinez struck out three.
The Peoria Chief put the Quad City River Bandits behind bars, 8-2.
Starter Ryan Searle improved his record with Peoria to 7-8 by going five innings and allowing two runs on two hits. He walked three and struck out five.
Most of the Chiefs offense came from third baseman Matt Cerda, who was 5 for 5 with three doubles tonight. Cerda had three RBI and scored twice.
Right fielder Nelson Perez hit his 11th home run for the Chiefs. It was a solo home run in the third inning. Perez was 1 for 4 with a walk.
Left fielder D.J. Fitzgerald was 2 for 4 with a triple and a walk. Fitzgerald scored once and had one RBI.
The Boise Hawks lost to the Yakima Bears, 3-2.
The Hawks lost tonight without allowing an earned run. Starter Eric Jokisch pitched the first four innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two.
Dustin Fitzgerald got the loss in relief. He allowed two unearned runs on three hits over four innings. Fitzgerald walked one and struck out three.
Center fielder Cody Shields was 1 for 4 with a double.