The Iowa Cubs were shut out by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 3-0.
Starter Brooks Raley had the textbook "quality start," but that obviously wasn't good enough today. Raley allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Iowa managed five hits, all singles.
Memphis lost to Albuquerque, so Iowa kept their two game lead in the division.
Another good start for Alberto Cabrera, who gave up two runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Kevin Rhoderick was one out away from his third save, but he couldn't keep the save. After retiring the first two batters of the ninth inning, he walked a batter who went to third on a single and then scored on a wild pitch. Rhoderick then came out to pitch the tenth, but he faced four batters and failed to retire any of them.
Rhoderick's final line was 1+ innings, allowing two runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He did not strike anyone out.
Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara gave the Smokies a 3-2 lead with a solo home run in the sixth inning. It was his eleventh homer this season. Alcantara went 1 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.
Looks like the rainy season is coming to Florida early this year.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars skinned the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 4-3.
Starter Brian Smith allowed three runs on five hits over 4.1 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Lendy Castillo got the win with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. He only allowed one hit, but he had control issues as he walked three. He did not have a strike out.
Michael Hamann got the save in his Kane County debut. He pitched 1.1 innings and issued a walk, but no hits and no runs. Hamann struck out one.
Left fielder Reggie Golden provided the winning margin with a solo home run to lead off the top of the eighth. It was Golden's third homer of the year. Golden was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Right fielder Kevin Encarnacion was 3 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. He scored two runs.
Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 2 for 4 with a hit by pitch. Catcher Willson Contreras went 2 for 5 with an RBI. Center fielder Oliver Zapata was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The Hawks went to a pitching staff by committee today. Carlos Martinez-Pumarino threw the first three innings and allowed two unearned runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Jasvir Rakkar pitched the next three innings and he gave up one run in each of them. His final line was three runs, two earned, on four hits. He walked two and struck out one.
Andrew McKirahan got the win in his first game in Boise this season. McKirahan threw two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. He walked one and struck out one.
After Scott Frazier loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning, Matt Iannazzo got a groundout to end the game and get his first save.
Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to give Boise a temporary 3-2 lead. It was his fourth home run of the season. Balaguert was 2 for 4 and scored two runs.
Jose Dore 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once.