Happy Fourth of July!
We're starting with Peoria tonight.
Austin Kirk threw a no-hitter tonight for the Peoria Chiefs as they bested the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners) 2-0.
It was a full, nine-inning no hitter for Kirk, the first for the Chiefs since 1988. Nick Struck threw a rain-shortened five inning no-hitter last season, and James Russell, Chris Siegfried, Matt Maradeo and Jose Ceda combined for one in 2007. Kirk only allowed two base-runners. He walked the first batter he faced and promptly erased him in a double play. He also walked a batter to lead off the sixth inning, but stranded him on second base after a sac bunt. Kirk struck out ten LumberKing batters.
Peoria scored both runs in the sixth inning. Matt Szczur led off the inning with a single and scored on a Richard Jones sac fly. Ryan Cuneo followed with a two-out RBI single.
Third baseman Brandon May was 3 for 4.
The Iowa Cubs were prey for the Oklahoma City Redhawks (Astros) 3-2.
Third baseman D.J. LeMahieu was 2 for 4 with a double and he scored a run. Right fielder Brad Snyder was 2 for 4 with a double and he drove two in.
The Smokies were buttered by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays) 10-1.
Brooks Raley pitched the first two innings before a rain delay and got the loss after allowing four runs on three hits. He walked three and failed to strike anyone out.
Shortstop Nate Samson was 3 for 4 with a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. It was his third home run this season.
The D-Cubs scored ten runs in the fifth inning as they crushed the Tampa Yankees, 12-5.
Brett Wallach started the game and collected his third win. He pitched five innings and allowed two runs on nine hits. He did not walk anyone and he struck out three.
The big blow in that ten run inning was a grand slam by third baseman Rafael Valdes. Valdes was 3 for 3. He also walked and doubled.
Catcher Michael Brenly had two doubles in a 2 for 4 game. He scored once and had two RBI. Left fielder Evan Crawford was 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.
Paul Hoilman started the fireworks early with a walk-off home run to give the Hawks a 5-4 win over the Yakima Bears (Diamondbacks) in ten innings.
Starter Austin Reed went five innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out one.
Charles Thomas pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the tenth to get his first professional win. Thomas pitched one scoreless inning and allowed one hit and two walks. He struck out one.
Hoilman's home run led off the bottom of the tenth and was his third this season. Hoilman was 1 for 2 with two walks. He scored twice.
Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 4 for 4 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI. Shortstop Wes Darvill went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Catcher Yaniel Cabezas doubled and walked in a 2 for 3 game. Cabezas scored two runs.
Took the holiday off.