It was very weird listening to Kane County take on Peoria this afternoon and having to remember that we're supposed to cheer against Peoria.
The Iowa Cubs gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to lose to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 1-0.
Drew Carpenter pitched the first 5.2 innings and only allowed two singles. Carpenter did have some control problems as he walked five, but he struck out six.
Hisanori Takahashi relieved Carpenter with two on and two out in the sixth and got a pop out to end the threat. Takahashi retired all four batters he faced, on by a strike out.
Yoanner Negrin took the loss when he allowed a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to Jermaine Curtis. Negrin pitched 1.2 innings and gave up one run on two hits. He struck out two and walked one batter intentionally.
Iowa had six hits, all singles.
The Tennessee Smokies were late for breakfast against the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 9-6 in 11 innings
Starter Alberto Cabrera allowed four runs on five hits over 5.1 innings. He walked four and struck out one.
Tony Zych pitched the top of the eleventh and allowed three runs to take the loss. He walked one batter, hit one batter and gave up a two-out triple. Zych did not have a strikeout.
Center fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI.
Anthony Giansanti played second base today for only the second time as a professional. He went 2 for 2 with a double, a walk and a run scored.
The Daytona Cubs got done in by the Dunedin Blue Jays, 9-1.
Starter Ryan Searle got roughed up for five runs on six hits, including two solo home runs, over four innings. He walked two and struck out four.
The D-Cubs managed all of two singles today. Tim Saunders was 1 for 4 and scored in the fourth inning on a wild pitch.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars blew a big lead, but came back to extinguish the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals), 7-6.
Kane County had a 4-0 lead after five innings, but Cougars starter Felix Pena got in trouble when the Chiefs scored six runs in the top of the sixth. Pena threw 5.2 innings and was charged with five runs on five hits, the big one being a grand slam hit by Patrick Wisdom in that six-run sixth. He walked two and struck out two.
Ian Dickson entered the game after the Wisdom grand slam and gave up one more run in the sixth. But then he finished the game with no further damage and got the win. Dickson allowed one run on four hits over 3.1 innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. He did hit one though, and that was the one run that he was charged with.
Kane County struck back for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to retake the lead for good. Center fielder Trey Martin knocked home the first run of that inning on an RBI double. Martin was 3 for 4 and scored twice. He also stole a base. Left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen singled home Martin for the tying run and then scored the go-ahead run on a Marco Hernandez single. Chen was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI. Hernandez was 1 for 4.