The Iowa Cubs exiled the Tucson Padres, 7-3.
Starter Nick Struck got his second win. He went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. Struck walked four and struck out four.
Yoanner Negrin pitched the rest of the game for a three-inning save. Negrin surrendered one run on four hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out four.
First baseman Brad Nelson had two big hits today. He hit his seventh home run of the season in the fourth inning with a man on. Then in the fifth inning he came to the plate with the bases loaded and then emptied them with a three-run double. He finished 2 for 4. He scored twice in addition to the five RBI.
Shortstop Donnie Murphy hit a solo home run in the fourth inning two batters after Nelson homered. It was Murphy's second homer. Murphy was 2 for 4.
Center fielder Dave Sappelt was 2 for 4 and scored twice.
The Tennessee Smokies were rained out at Chattanooga. They'll try to play a double-header tomorrow. The forecast looks good.
The Daytona Cubs finished a four-game sweep of the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 5-4. The win puts Daytona back over .500 at 21-20.
Starter Ben Wells pitched five innings and allowed four runs on four hits. One of the four runs was unearned. Wells walked two and struck out three.
Jeffrey Lorick pitched two scoreless innings for his second win. Lorick gave up three hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one.
Luis Liria pitched the final two innings without allowing a baserunner for his first save of the season. He did not have a strikeout.
DH Dustin Geiger hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie. It was Geiger's fifth home run. He was 1 for 3 and was intentionally walked once.
Center fielder Tim Saunders was 1 for 4 with a double and two stolen bases. He had one RBI and scored one run.
First baseman Taylor Davis was 2 for 4 and scored one run.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars were lost in a maze against the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 8-7.
Jose Rosario made his season debut today. He pitched the first four innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on only two hits, one of which was a solo home run. Rosario walked one batter but didn't strike any of them out.
Ian Dickson piggybacked Rosario and took the loss. Dickson pitched the next four innings and to the first hitter of the ninth inning, who doubled. Dickson was relieved by Eddie Orozco who, after a sacrifice bunt and two intentional walks, allowed a game-ending sacrifice fly.
The final line on Dickson was four innings pitched, allowing 6 runs on seven hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Kane County tied the score at seven in the top of the ninth when shortstop David Bote hit his first home run of the year with a man on. Bote was 1 for 4.
In the sixth inning, Rock Shoulders smashed his tenth home run of the season with a man on as well. Shoulders was 1 for 4.
Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 4 with two runs scored. So far this season, Rademacher is hitting .343 and has an ERA of 0.00 in three innings over two pitching appearances. (OK--he did allow three unearned runs as a pitcher.)