It was an ugly day down in the minors tonight and a good day for gopher balls.
The Iowa Cubs were blanked by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies), 5-0.
Nick Struck is still looking for his first win as he went 5.2 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out six.
The I-Cubs only managed four hits, all singles, off of Sky Sox pitcher Tyler Chatwood, who threw a complete game with only 90 pitches.
The Tennessee Smokies were badly burned by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 16-0 in a game that ended because of the mercy rule unplayable field conditions after five innings.
The less said about this game the better. Starter Matt Loosen got hammered for seven runs on four hits, three of which were home runs, in 2.1 innings. The second home run was a grand slam and the next hitter went back-to-back before Loosen got pulled.
A.J. Morris gave up six unearned runs in relief. Tony Zych chipped in the other three.
The big news here was that Kyuji Fujikawa was supposed to pitch but never got the chance because of the rain. He'll pitch tomorrow.
The Daytona Cubs got thumped by the St. Lucie Mets, 13-3.
Starter Ben Wells allowed three home runs in the five innings he pitched, which accounted for four of the five runs he allowed. Wells gave up seven total hits. He walked one and struck out two.
The game was close until the Mets scored eight times in the bottom of the seventh inning off of Starling Peralta (five runs in a third of an inning) and Zach Cates (Three runs of his own and three inherited runners scored).
Shortsop Javier Baez hit his sixth home run of the year with the bases empty in the sixth inning. Baez was 1 for 4.
Left fielder Taiwan Easterling had a two-run double in the fifth inning. He was 1 for 3.
Kane County Cougars
Mercifully had the day off as they bus to Burlington.