The Iowa Cubs game was suspended by rain after five innings with the score tied 5-5. Catcher Steve Clevenger is currently 3 for 3 with a home run in this game.
The Tennessee Smokies were shaken by the Mississippi Braves, 4-3.
Starting pitcher Austin Kirk allowed three runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked three.
Tony Zych took the loss, although it's hard to say it was his fault. After a leadoff walk, a passed ball, a ground out and a second passed ball scored the winning run in the sixth inning. That walk the only baserunner Zych allowed in his inning of work He struck out two.
Former Cubs pitcher Mitch Atkins is back from independent ball and started this game for Mississippi.
It was a big offensive day for second baseman Ronald Torreyes, who was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. Torreyes had one RBI and stole a base.
Left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 2 for 3 with a triple and two sacrifice bunts. Chen scored once. Sounds like someone wants to win a tournament next spring.
In the all-star break.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars tasted the venom of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 5-1.
Starter Michael Heesch was strong for the first four innings, but got into real trouble in the fifth and sixth innings. He finished the game after allowing five runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked four and struck out one.
Catcher Willson Contreras was 2 for 3 with a triple. He scored once.
The Boise Hawks smashed the Eugene Emeralds (Padres), 7-0.
James Pugliese said he was going to show off his new pitching motion today, and boy, did he ever. Pugliese threw five shutout innings and allowed only three hits. He struck out seven and didn't walk anyone.
Jasvir Rakkar didn't allow a hit over his two-inning Boise debut. Rakkar walked one and struck out three.
The Hawks exploded for five runs in the third inning, and that was pretty much all they needed.
Shawon Dunston Jr. started the game with a double and didn't stop hitting. Dunston was 4 for 6 with a stolen base. He scored in that five-run third inning.
First baseman Jacob Rogers smashed a solo home run to deep center field in the seventh inning. Rogers was 1 for 3 with two walks.
Center fielder Kevin Encarnacion was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored once and had one RBI. Third baseman Daniel Lockhart went 2 for 4 with a walk and a run batted in.