The weather continues to be the undefeated champion of the minor leagues.
The Iowa Cubs used the thunder of four home runs to defeat the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 10-6.
The Cubs staked starer Brooks Raley off to a 7-0 lead after only two innings. Raley pitched six innings and gave up four runs on six hits, including a pair of solo home runs in the sixth inning. Raley walked three and struck out one as he got his third win this season.
With Iowa already leading 1-0 in the first inning, right fielder Ryan Sweeney homered with Ian Stewart on base to give Iowa a 3-0 lead. It was Sweeney's sixth home run this year and third in four games. Sweeney was 1 for 4 with a walk.
In the second inning, DH Brett Jackson hit his first home run of the year with a man on to make it 5-0 Iowa. Jackson was 1 for 5 with a walk and what I'm sure more of you are happy about, he didn't strike out. Jackson also had an RBI ground out in the first inning to give him three RBI on the game.
First baseman Brett Lillibridge led off the fifth inning with a solo home run which was his first of the season. Lillibridge was 3 for 5 and he also doubled and scored in the second inning.
Finally, center fielder Brian Bogusevic led off the seventh inning with his first home run of the year. Bogusevic finished going 3 for 4 with a walk and three total RBI.
Second baseman Logan Watkins was 2 for 5 with a stolen base. He led off the game with a triple and scored on a ground out by Jackson.
Catcher J.C. Boscan was 2 for 5 and scored a run. Third baseman Ian Stewart was 0 for 2 with three walks. He scored twice and had an RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning to give Iowa its tenth and final run.
As I predicted, the Smokies were rained out again today. They'll try to play a double-header tomorrow and this time, the forecast looks good with only a 10% chance of rain.
The Daytona Cubs excommunicated the Palm Beach Cardinals, 7-4.
Daytona got a solid start from P.J. Francescon and he was rewarded with his second win. Francescon gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out five and only walked two.
Shortstop Javier Baez hit his fifth home run this season with a man on in the third inning, giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead at the time. Baez was 2 for 4, although he did commit two errors in the field.
Third baseman Ben Carhart had RBI singles in the second, fifth and eighth inning for three RBI in a 3 for 4 game.
Second baseman Tim Saunders was 2 for 5 with two steals, including stealing home on a double-steal in the fifth inning. Saunders scored twice and had one RBI.
First baseman Dustin Geiger doubled in the second inning and walked the other three times he came to the plate. He scored once.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars had their eighth rain and/or snow out of the month of April at Lake County. They'll also try to play a double-header tomorrow. With a 20% chance of rain tomorrow, it looks like they have a good chance.