The Iowa Cubs derailed the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 8-6
Ramon Ortiz started and picked up the win with eight solid innings. He allowed three runs on six hits. Ortiz walked three and struck out three.
Esmailin Caridad collected his third save after Blake Parker failed to retire anyone in the ninth inning. Caridad pitched an inning and allowed no runs on one hit. He did allow one runner inherited from Parker to score. Caridad did not walk anyone and struck out two.
Catcher Welington Castillo hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. It was his third home run this year. Castillo was 1 for 5 and scored twice.
Second baseman Marquez Smith had two doubles in a 2 for 4 game. Smith scored twice and had one RBI.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Huntsville Stars, 4-3.
Brooks Raley was let down by his defense as he allowed three runs, all unearned, over six innings. Raley surrendered six hits. He walked one and struck out one as his record dropped to 2-4.
Catcher Blake Lalli hit two solo home runs today, the first in the seventh and the second in the ninth. He now has six home runs this year. Lalli was 2 for 4.
Right fielder Nelson Perez was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Center fielder Brett Jackson returned to the lineup tonight. He was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Took the day off, basking in the idea that a team named "Cubs" could actually win twelve games in a row.
The Peoria Chiefs were creamed by the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 7-5.
Cam Greathouse started and he only allowed one hit and no runs over the 2.2 innings he pitched. He also struck out six. That would be a great day except for the six walks he issued. Greathouse has held opposing hitters to a .195 batting average this season. He has struck out a batter an inning. (43 in 43.1 innings) He's also walking 7.9 batters per nine innings.
Robinson Lopez took the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Chiefs leading 5-4. He gave up three runs in the one inning he pitched to take the loss. Lopez allowed the three runs on three hits and two walks. He did not record a strike out.
Center fielder Matt Szczur hit his second home run in as many days with a solo shot in the sixth inning. Szczur was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had two RBI.
DH Ryan Cuneo went 4 for 5 with two doubles. Cuneo had one RBI.
First baseman Richard Jones was 2 for 5 and scored once. Shorstop Arismendy Alcantara had a double and a triple in a 2 for 5 game. He scored twice and had one RBI.