The Iowa Cubs were too slow for the Round Rock Express (Astros), 3-1.
Chris Rusin may have had the best start of his career tonight, but he made one mistake, allowing an two-run home run in the second inning. That left him with his sixth loss despite a dominating outing. Rusin pitched eight innings and allowed two runs on only three hits. He walked two and struck out seven. The eight innings Rusin threw tonight was a career high.
Iowa's only run came in the sixth inning when Steve Clevenger and Junior Lake hit back-to-back doubles. Clevenger played the whole game at third base and was 1 for 4 with the one run scored. Lake played left field and was 2 for 3 with a walk.
Second baseman Brent Lillibridge was 3 for 5.
The Tennessee Smokies hibernated against the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks), 6-1.
Austin Kirk's first appearance for Tennessee this season was a rough one. Kirk gave up six runs on ten hits over six innings. Kirk walked two and struck out four.
The only Smokies run came on a home run in the fifth inning by first baseman Jonathan Mota. Mota went 2 for 4.
Center fielder Matthew Szczur was 3 for 4.
The Daytona Cubs fell short against the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers), 7-6.
The recently demoted Matt Loosen made his first start for Daytona and it didn't go any better than his starts in Tennessee. Loosen allowed six runs on seven hits, including a three-run home run, over five innings. He walked three and struck out four.
Daytona went into the ninth inning trailing 7-5 and they managed to score once and load the bases with only one out, but right fielder Jorge Soler struck out and first baseman Dustin Geiger flew out to end the game.
Left fielder Zeke DeVoss was a perfect 3 for 3 with three steals. DeVoss also scored three times. He was only hit by a pitch once.
Second baseman Tim Saudners went 2 for 4 with three RBI. DH Wes Darvill was 2 for 4 with a run scored and one batted in.
Shortstop Javier Baez was 2 for 5 and scored once.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars stole the honey from the Burlington Bees (Angels), 3-2.
Tayler Scott bounced back from his poor last outing to get his third win. Scott allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings. One of the two runs was unearned. Scott walked three and did not have a strikeout.
Steve Perakslis didn't allow a run over the final two innings for his first save. He surrendered two hits and walked two. Perakslis struck out two.
Catcher Carlos Escobar went 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBI. Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run.