Many of the Daytona Cubs were at the ballgame in Miami tonight. Maybe Soriano was chatting with them here.
Everyone wins today!
The Iowa Cubs rode a six-run sixth inning and topped the Tucson Padres, 8-2.
Robert Coello started and got into trouble immediately, allowing two runs in the first inning. After that though, he settled down and shut the Padres down for the rest of his six innings. He allowed the two runs on five hits. Coello walked two and struck out six as he improved his record to 3-4.
Catcher Steve Clevenger was 2 for 3 with a walk. He had one run batted in and scored once.
The Smokies caught the Mobile Bay Bears (Diamondbacks) hibernating, 9-7.
Starter Alberto Cabrera didn't pitch all that well tonight, but benefited from the Smokies offense and got the win anyway. Cabrera allowed four runs on six hits in the six innings he pitched. He also walked four and didn't strike out anyone.
After the Smokies fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, right fielder Ryan Flaherty gave the Smokies a 3-2 lead with a three-run bomb in the bottom of the inning. It was his ninth home run this year. Flaherty was 2 for 4 with four RBI.
In the fifth inning, catcher Luis Flores cranked a two-run shot, his first home run of the year for Tennessee and second overall. Flores went 2 for 4 with two RBI.
First baseman Josh Vitters also had a big night, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI. He also scored once.
The Daytona Cubs had a seven-run fifth inning and defeated Palm Beach Cardinals, 8-6.
Brett Wallach started and came one out away from getting the win, going 4.2 innings. He did give up four runs on seven hits, including a two-run home run, but the good news was that he struck out nine and walked two.
Ryan Buchter was awarded the win in relief. He did not allow a hit or a run over 1.1 innings, but he did walk three. One of the walks was intentional. Buchter also struck out three.
DH Justin Bour had a huge day, going 5 for 5 with two doubles. He scored once and batted two in.
Left fielder Evan Crawford went 2 for 5 and scored once. Catcher Mario Mercedes had a double in a 2 for 5 effort. Mercedes scored once and had one RBI.
The D-Cubs record is now 29-12.
The Peoria Chiefs brought the Quad City River Bandits (Cardinals) to justice, 3-2.
Graham Hicks pitched the first three innings without allowing a run. He gave up two hits but walked no one. He struck out three.
Su-Ming Jung relieved Hicks and collected the victory. He threw 3.2 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. Jung walked two and struck out six.
Marcus Hatley pitched the ninth inning to get his second save. He did not allow a hit or a run, but he did walk one and hit one batter. Hatley did have one strikeout.
Left fielder Anthony Giansanti hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. It was his third home run of the season. Giansanti had a 1 for 3 game.
Second baseman Pierre LePage was 2 for 4 with a double. He had one RBI and scored once. Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara was also 2 for 4 with a double. Alcantara also stole a base and had one RBI.