Congratulations to Smokies pitcher Jeff Beliveau, who you all voted as BCB Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June despite me having accidentally "demoted" him to Daytona in my write-up. Beliveau started the season for Daytona, but he pitched for the Smokies in June. Doesn't matter--he still wins the honor.
The Iowa Cubs were blown away by the New Orleans Zephyrs, 7-6 in ten innings.
Chris Rusin made his Pacific Coast League debut tonight and struggled. Rusin allowed five runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings. Rusin walked no one and struck out two.
Blake Parker allowed a walk-off home run with two out in the tenth to take the loss. Parker pitched 1.2 innings and allowed just the one run on two hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out one.
First baseman Bryan LaHair clubbed his league-leading 25th home run in the fifth inning with two men on. LaHair was 1 for 4 with a walk. He had the three RBI and scored twice.
Right fielder Brad Snyder hit a three-run home run an inning earlier, his ninth this season. Snyder was 1 for 4.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored. He was also hit by a pitch.
Matt Loosen got the loss in his Smokies debut. He pitched six innings and allowed four runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out five.
Center fielder Brett Jackson was 3 for 4.
The Daytona Cubs game against Tampa was rained out. It will be made up as part of a double-header in August.
The Peoria Chiefs had their fingers bitten off by the Beloit Snappers, 10-4.
Frank Del Valle made his Peoria debut and went three innings and gave up four runs on three hits, including a two-run home run. Two of the four runs were unearned. Del Valle walked one and struck out three.
DH Richard Jones had a big night, going 4 for 4 with his 15th home run. He hit it with a man on in the third inning. Jones had three total RBI.
Right fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 4 with a double and he scored twice.
The Boise Hawks ran the Everett Aquasox (Mariners) through the wringer, 9-5.
Ben Wells had his best start as a professional and got his second win. He allowed only one run on one hit over five innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Jose Rosario got the rare four inning save. He allowed four runs on seven hits, although only two of those runs were earned. He walked one and struck out two.
First baseman Paul Hoilman hit his fourth home run of the year, which he crushed out of the park with a man on in the seventh inning. Hoilman was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Catcher Jose Guevara hit his first stateside home run in the eighth inning with a man on. Guevara was 1 for 4.
Third baseman Travis Garcia went 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once and knocked one it. Right fielder Reggie Golden was 1 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base. He scored three times.