Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to bring you the Everyone Wins edition of the Minor League Wrap. Those are rare when all six teams are playing. It's even rarer when all seven teams win, including those North Side Slackers.
Congratulations to Peoria Chiefs pitcher Eric Jokisch, whom you all voted as the BCB Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July.
The Iowa Cubs weren't scared of the Fresno Grizzlies (Giants), 9-4.
Chris Rusin took the mound for the first five innings for the I-Cubs tonight. He allowed two runs on eight hits. Rusin walked one and struck out four.
Alberto Cabrera relieved Rusin and got the win. He pitched two innings and allowed one run on four hits. Cabrera walked one and struck out five.
Second baseman Scott Moore was 2 for 5 with two doubles and five RBI. He scored once.
Center fielder Brett Jackson was 2 for 3 with two walks. Jackson scored twice.
The Tennessee Smokies smote the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 5-4.
Starting pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched five innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out two.
Rafael Dolis picked up the win with two innings of relief. He did not allow a hit or a walk, although he did hit one batter. Dolis struck out one
Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI. He was also hit by a pitch and scored once. Right fielder James Adduci went 2 for 3 with a triple and a walk. He scored once.
Catcher Blake Lalli was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. He also stole his first base since 2007.
The Daytona Cubs tamed the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 4-3.
Jeffry Antigua got the start and threw the textbook quality start. He allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. Antigua walked one and struck out six.
Frank Batista pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning to get the win. He allowed two two-out singles, but got out of the inning with no damage with a ground out. He struck out one.
Right fielder Michael Burgess cracked his 15th home run of the year with a man on in the sixth inning. Burgess was 1 for 4 with a walk.
Center fielder Matt Szczur went 2 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored once.
Left fielder Abner Abreu had a 2 for 4 night.
The Peoria Chiefs stole the honey from the Burlington Bees (Athletics), 5-2.
Frank Del Valle got his first professional win in America with five strong innings, allowing but one run on two hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Luis Liria got a four-inning save tonight, his first in the States. Liria allowed one run on five hits. He struck out two and did not walk anyone.
First baseman Richard Jones blasted home run number nineteen in the seventh inning with the bases empty. Jones was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
Right fielder Anthony Giansanti went 2 for 4.
The Boise Hawks cooled off the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 3-2.
Starting pitcher Ben Wells got the win. He pitched five innings and gave up only one run on five hits. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.
Kyler Burke pitched the next 3.1 innings, and he was very good before he tired in the ninth inning. Burke allowed three hits and one unearned run. Two of the hits were the last two batters he faced and the unearned run scored after he exited. Burke did not walk anyone and struck out five.
Bryce Shafer collected his eight save after pitching the final two-thirds of an inning. Shafer allowed one hit. He did not walk anyone and struck out one.
First baseman (and BCB folk hero) Paul Hoilman hit his eleventh home run of the season tonight in the first inning with a man on. Hoilman was 1 for 2 with two walks and a strikeout. Three-true outcomes indeed.
Catcher Rafael Lopez went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored once and batted one in.
Left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen went 1 for 2 with two walks and two steals. He scored once.
Center fielder Oliver Zapata was 1 for 2 with a walk in his Boise debut.