Anthony Rizzo was 3 for 5 tonight with a double and a triple. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The Iowa Cubs made the Round Rock Express (Rangers) run late, 12-2.
Chris Rusin was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst, getting his sixth win of the season. Rusin went five innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out two.
The I-Cubs cranked out 18 hits tonight, but only one of them left the yard and that was a fifth inning solo home run by center fielder Brett Jackson. It was his ninth home run of the year. Jackson was 1 for 4 with two walks. He scored twice.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo came one hit short of the cycle and oddly enough he was missing the home run. Rizzo was 3 for 5 with a double and triple. He batted three runs in and scored twice. He was on deck in the top of the ninth when shortstop Alfredo Amezaga hit into an inning-ending double play. But Amezaga had a big day anyway as he was 3 for 6 with a double. Amezaga also had three RBI and two runs scored.
Third baseman Josh Vitters was 3 for 4 with a double. He was also hit by a pitch. Catcher Juan Apodaca went 3 for 4 and walked once. Apodaca scored two runs. Center fielder Dave Sappelt was 2 for 5, scoring once and knocking one in.
The Tennessee Smokies got blinded by the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 2-0.
Smokies starter Dae-Eun Rhee allowed two solo home runs, which were the only runs anyone scored tonight. Rhee pitched seven innings and allowed six hits total. He walked four and struck out two.
The Smokies only had two hits tonight.
The Daytona Cubs reeled in the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), 3-1.
The story of tonight's game was Daytona starter Frank Del Valle, who pitched six innings without allowing a hit or a walk. He did hit two batters, including the rehabbing Chase Utley. Del Valle also struck out a career-high eleven batters.
First baseman Greg Rohan homered tonight in the first inning, his twelfth this season. It came with a man on. Rohan was 1 for 3 with a walk and the two RBI.
Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara was 2 for 5 with the other run batted in. Left fielder Rebel Ridling was 2 for 4.
DH Matt Szczur returned to the lineup today for the first time since May 31 and he went 1 for 3 with two walks.
The Peoria Chiefs got robbed by the Quad City River Bandits (Cardinals), 5-3.
Starting pitcher Jose Rosario pitched well for seven innings, but he started the eighth and gave up two more runs and took the loss. Rosario pitched 7.1 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out three.
First baseman Paul Hoilman hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. It was his seventh home run of the season. Hoilman was 1 for 4.
The Hawks won their second game in a row by pawning the Eugene Emeralds (Padres), 6-4.
Tayler Scott started and ran into all kinds of trouble, giving up four runs over 3.2 innings. Scott surrendered four hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Matt Spencer got his first win as a pitcher when he bailed Scott out of a two-out, two-on jam in the fourth and then went on to pitch two scoreless innings. Spencer gave up two hits but didn't walk anyone. Spencer struck out two.
Bryce Shafer got into a lot of trouble in the ninth inning, but his defense turned a bases-loaded, one-out double play that ended the game and got him his second save. Shafer gave up two hits and a walk in pitching a scoreless ninth. He did not have a strikeout.
DH Jeimer Candelario homered for his third straight game when he blasted a three-run shot over the right field wall in the first inning. Candelario was 1 for 4.
Second baseman Gioskar Amaya went 4 for 4 with two steals. He scored one run and batted two in. He also made a great pivot on the game-ending twin killing.
Center fielder Eduardo Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He scored once an had one RBI.
Dan Vogelbach got his first two hits of the year. Rashad Crawford got his first professional hit as well.