Smile, Bob! Mike Brenly hit his first home run tonight! (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Let's go Kings. One down, three to go.
The Iowa Cubs game at the Omaha Storm Chasers was rained out. Apparently, the Storm Chasers are all talk. Double-header tomorrow.
The Tennessee Smokies were failed to launch against the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 6-4.
Starter Dallas Beeler took the loss after he gave up five runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings. One of the five runs was unearned. Beeler walked two and struck out one.
Catcher Mike Brenly clubbed his first home run of the season in the second inning with a man on. Brenly was 1 for 3 with a walk. He scored twice.
Shortstop Junior Lake homered with the bases empty in the fifth inning. He was 2 for 5 in tonight's game. Lake now has three home runs this season.
The Daytona Cubs scored three times in the top of the ninth to stun the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers), 6-5.
Starting pitcher Frank Del Valle put the Cubs down early by surrendering a two-run home run in the second inning and a three-run home run in the fifth. Del Valle finished with 4.1 innings, allowing the five runs on four hits. Del Valle walked two and struck out three.
After that, the Cubs bullpen slammed the door. Hayden Simpson pitched 1.2 shutout innings, followed by an inning by Eduardo Figueroa and an inning by Tony Zych. Zych ended up getting the win without allowing a hit. He walked one and struck out one.
After the Cubs scored three runs in the top of the ninth, the two teams had to wait out a rain delay of an hour and ten minutes. After the skies cleared, Scott Weismann pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save. Weismann struck out one.
Left fielder Andreoli was 2 for 3 with two walks and his 15 steal of the season. Third baseman Rohan earlier hit his tenth home run of the season in the fourth inning with the bases empty. Rohan went 2 for 5, scored twice and had two RBI.
Catcher Micah Gibbs hit a solo home run in the third inning. He now has two home runs on the year. Gibbs was 1 for 4.
Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara went 2 for 5 and stole a base.
The Peoria Chiefs were badly stung by the Burlington Bees (Athletics), 10-1.
Ben Wells kept the game close as he allowed only one unearned run over the first 3.1 innings. (Although once again, it was his own error, so how unearned could it be?) Wells allowed four hits and walked one. He struck out four.
But the game was blown open in the fifth inning when Starling Peralta gave up seven runs, although only two of them were earned due to a Javier Baez throwing error. Peralta pitched 1.2 innings and allowed the seven runs on three hits, including a grand slam. He walked five and struck out one.
One bright spot for the Chiefs was recently acquired Hunter Cervenka, who pitched the final 2.1 innings without allowing a baserunner. He also struck out the first six of the seven batters he faced.
Catcher Yaniel Cabezas went 2 for 3 with the lone Chiefs run batted in. Third baseman Wes Darvill was 2 for 4.