The Iowa Cubs took the brooms to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 8-2, sweeping the four-game series.
Brooks Raley started and didn't allow a run over the first five innings, but then gave up hits to the first four batters of the sixth inning before exiting. Raley finished with five plus innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Raley ended up getting his first career Triple-A win though, because Manuel Corpas came in with two on and no out in the sixth inning and shut the door, stranding both of the baserunners. Corpas went on to pitch three scoreless innings without allowing a hit or a run. Corpas did walk one and he struck out one.
Third baseman Josh Vitters opened up the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning. It was his sixth on the year. Vitters was 2 for 5 with two RBI.
Catcher Steve Clevenger caught the whole game and was 1 for 3 with two walks. He scored twice and had two RBI.
The Tennessee Smokies were eclipsed by the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 8-4.
Dae-Eun Rhee had a rough start and didn't make it out of the third inning. Over 2.1 innings of work, Rhee allowed seven runs on nine hits. Rhee walked two and did not strike anyone out.
Jeffry Antigua did some nice work in relief of Rhee. He pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and one walk. Antigua struck out five
Left fielder Rebel Ridling hit a solo home run in the sixth inning tonight; his sixth of the season. Ridling was 1 for 4 and scored twice.
The Daytona Cubs had the day off, which was probably a good thing with Tropical Storm Beryl hitting Florida this holiday weekend.
The Peoria Chiefs were snakebit against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 3-1.
Jose Rosario bounced back from an awful outing the last time out. Today, he gave up but one run on three hits over seven innings. He didn't walk anyone, although he did hit one batter, and he struck out seven.
Austin Reed took the loss in relief of Rosario. He allowed two runs on four hits over two innings. Reed didn't walk anyone and struck out one.
Shorstop Javier Baez made his season debut today for the Chiefs. He was 2 for 4.
Second baseman Zeke DeVoss was 1 for 4 with a double and a walk. He also stole a base and scored the lone Chiefs run.