The Iowa Cubs on their way to Vegas, baby!
The Tennessee Smokies rocketed past the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 5-3.
Lendy Castillo made a rehab start for the Smokies tonight, only pitching the first inning. With one out, he allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases, but a 6-4-3 double play ended the inning with no runs scoring. Castillo did not have a strikeout.
In the second inning, the regularly scheduled starter Nick Struck took over and he was very good, picking up his thirteenth win of the season. Struck pitched seven innings and allowed only one run on two hits. Struck struck out seven and walked only one.
Brian Schlitter entered the game with a man on and two out in the ninth and got his third save of the year. The one batter he faced singled on him, but with runners on first and second and two outs, the Stars tried a double-steal and the back-end runner was thrown out at second base to end the game.
Right fielder Matt Szczur lead off the bottom of the first inning with his first Double-A home run. Szczur was 1 for 3 with two walks. He scored two runs and he stole one base. It was his third overall home run this year.
Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha doubled in his only official at bat and he walked the other four times he came to the plate. Second baseman Logan Watkins was 1 for 2 with a walk and he was hit by a pitch twice. He also stole a base. Watkins scored once and had one RBI.
In the first game, Robert Whitenack started and allowed four runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out one.
Jeffrey Lorick got the win in relief. He pitched 1.1 innings without allowing a hit. He walked one and struck out two.
Game one ended when pinch-runner Elieser Bonne scored on a walk-off passed ball.
Second baseman Ronald Torreyes was 1 for 3 with a walk and two RBI.
In game two, Kyle Hendricks made his first start in the Cubs organization. He pitched three innings and allowed only one run on a solo home run and two hits total. Hendricks didn't walk anyone and struck out three.
Kyler Burke got the loss with 2.2 innings of relief. Burke allowed four runs on five hits. He walked three and failed to record a strikeout.
Right fielder Elieser Bonne went 2 for 3 with a double. He scored Daytona's only run.
The Peoria Chiefs smoked out the Burlington Bees (Athletics), 5-4.
Joe Zeller started and allowed four runs on five hits over five innings. One of the four runs was unearned. Zeller walked three and struck out one.
Larry Suarez got the win with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. He didn't not allow a hit and walked only one. Suarez struck out one.
Second baseman Zeke DeVoss hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, his fifth of the season. DeVoss was 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Third baseman Dustin Geiger doubled twice in a 2 for 4 game. He scored one run.
The Boise Hawks cleaned up the Everett Aqua Sox (Mariners) 3-2.
Tayler Scott turned in another solid start after he went five innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. But he did not walk anyone and he struck out six.
Matt Iannozzo got the win in relief of Scott. He did not allow a run over two innings. Iannozzo allowed only one hit and one walk while he fanned two.
Tyler Bremer pitched the final two innings for his first professional save. He pitched two scoreless innings. He alloweed one hit and walked two. Bremer struck out three, all in the ninth inning.
Dan Vogelbach was the story of this game as he hit two solo home runs tonight: one in the second inning and one in the seventh. Vogelbach now has six Boise home runs and thirteen overall. He was 2 for 4.