The Iowa Cubs could do without Friday the 13th for a while.
The Iowa Cubs were blasted by the Colorado Spring Sky Sox, 19-9.
Robert Coello started tonight and actually lasted five innings, including an eight-run third and a four-run fourth. That's taking one for the team. In the five innings, he allowed twelve runs on eleven hits, including not one, not two, but five home runs. The positive part of his line, if you want to call it that, was that he only walked two and struck out seven.
The I-Cubs only hit two home runs and both of them were hit by second baseman Scott Moore. They were both hit with a man on; the first in the third inning and the second in the seventh. Moore was 4 for 5 and also hit a double. He had five RBI.
First baseman Bryan LaHair didn't homer tonight, but he stayed hot going 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored three times.
Right fielder Brad Snyder went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Left fielder Fernando Perez was 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Center fielder Tony Campana had a stolen base in a 2 for 5 game. He also had an RBI and a run scored.
The Smokies eclipsed the Huntsville Stars, 4-1.
Trey McNutt made his first start tonight after missing a start with a blister and only lasted two innings. He allowed two hits but no runs. He did not walk anyone and struck out one. As I write this, there has been no word as to why McNutt was pulled after only 32 pitches.
He was relieved by Ty'Relle Harris, who pitched four shutout innings. He allowed only one hit. He walked two and struck out one.
Kevin Rhoderick got his first Double-A win because he was on the mound when the Smokies scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Rhoderick pitched one inning and allowed one run on two hits. He did not have a strikeout or a walk.
Blake Parker rebounded from his last disastrous appearance to get his second save. He pitched the ninth inning and walked the first two batters he faced, but then got a strikeout and a double-play to end the game. He did not allow a hit.
The Daytona Cubs were bitten by the Jupiter Hammerheads, 2-1 in 11 innings.
Aaron Kurcz pitched the first 4.1 innings without allowing a run. He gave up three hits and two walks while striking out four.
Eduardo Figueroa took the loss. He pitched the final 2.2 innings before allowing a walk-off solo home run. He gave up two hits total. He struck out one and issued one intentional walk.
Center fielder Evan Crawford was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He stole two bases and now has ten this season.
First baseman Justin Bour went 2 for 5 with a double.
The Peoria Chiefs were shut out for the first time this season, 4-0 by the Kane County Cougars.
Graham Hicks came off the disabled list and pitched a solid three innings; allowing only one run on four hits. He got tagged with the loss anyway. He walked no one and struck no one.
Center fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 3.
Just in case anyone asks, Matt Szczur was put on the inactive list so he can attend his college graduation at Villanova. Congratulations, Matt.