Blake Parker tied the Iowa Cubs career saves record today. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Congratulations to the Reds' Billy Hamilton, who broke the professional record for steals in one season. He had four steals in game one of Pensacola's game with Montgomery, giving him 147 on the season.
The Iowa Cubs grounded the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 2-0.
As bad as Seth McClung looked in his first start with the Iowa Cubs, he was that good today as he shut out Memphis for seven innings. McClung gave up six hits and walked one while he struck out six. It was McClung's third win of the year and first in the Cub organization.
Blake Parker pitched a clean ninth inning for his eighth save of the year. Parker struck out two of the three batters he faced.
The save was the 34th save of Parker's Iowa career, which ties him with Jim Bullinger and Michael Wuetz for the Iowa Cubs all-time career saves record.
By the way, Miller struck out twelve I-Cubs and walked no one. He still got the loss.
The Tennessee Smokies fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers), 3-1 in 11 innings.
Starter Eric Jokisch tossed five scoreless innings. He allowed five hits and he walked three. Jokisch struck out four.
Frank Batista blew his second Smokies save of the season when he gave up a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. Batista pitched the one inning and also walked two and struck out one.
Kevin Rhoderick took the loss when he gave up two runs in the top of the eleventh inning. Rhoderick pitched two total innings and allowed one hit and two walks. He did not have a strikeout.
Why are they even bothering? Daytona was rained out again today. They are supposed to play a double-header in Clearwater tomorrow, but there's a 60% chance of thunderstorms again. Then there's Tropical Storm Isaac that looks like it's heading towards Florida.
Daytona has played only four games in three days since August 11.
The Peoria Chiefs slid past the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 4-2.
Jeffry Antigua made his second start of the year and his longest start of 5.1 innings. Antigua allowed two runs on five hits and one of the two runs was unearned. Antigua walked one and struck out five.
Austin Reed took the win after he gave up only one hit over 2.1 innings. Reed didn't walk anyone and struck out one.
Larry Suarez pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one.
Catcher Sergio Burruel was 3 for 4 with a double. He scored twice and had one RBI.
Right fielder Jorge Soler went 3 for 4 and batted one run in.
The Boise Hawks caught the Yakima Bears (Diamondbacks) hibernating, 7-4.
Starting pitcher Pierce Johnson allowed three runs on three hits over two innings. Johnson walked one and struck out two.
Felix Pena got the win with 5+ innings of relief, since Johnson didn't go five. Pena only allowed one unearned run on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Eddie Orozco had a two-inning save. He gave up one hit and one walk, but he didn't allow a run. Orozco struck out three.
Second baseman Gioskar Amaya led off the game with his seventh home run of the season. Amaya had a big game, going 3 for 4, scoring two times and knocking two home.
Left fielder Stephen Bruno was 1 for 3 with a walk and a steal. He scored two runs.
The Hawks' magic number to clinch a second-half title is now six with ten games to play. They play five games in Vancouver before returning home for a five game series with Everett.