Administrative note: Al was busy this evening with personal stuff, meaning he was having a good time rather than torturing himself watching that Cubs game today. So he's going to put off writing the recap of the Cubs 3-2 loss to San Diego until tomorrow morning. I'm sure you're all disappointed you can't relive that game any earlier. But don't worry, all good things come to those who wait.
The Iowa Cubs were grounded by the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 11-5.
It was a rough start for Brooks Raley, who allowed seven runs on seven hits, including two home runs, in only two innings. Raley walked one and struck out one. The loss dropped his record to 8-10.
Center fielder Dave Sappelt hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, his fifth of the season. Sappelt was 2 for 4 with a walk and three RBI.
Greg Rohan was 2 for 4 and he scored a run.
The Tennessee Smokies were shut out by the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks), 2-0.
Nick Struck made one mistake, a two-run home run in the fifth inning, which accounted for all the runs of the game. Struck pitched six innings and allowed to two runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out two.
The Smokies only had two hits, both singles. They did walk eight times, which just proves that you can't just walk if you want to win ballgames.
The Smokies magic number remains at two.
The Daytona Cubs trounced the Tampa Yankees, 11-2.
Ivan Pineyro pitched the first six innings, allowing only one run. He was touched for five hits and he walked three. Pineyro struck out six as he improved his record in the Cubs organization to 3-1.
Yao-Lin Wang pitched the final three innings for his fourth save. Wang allowed one run on three hits. He showed good command of the strike zone as he struck out six and didn't walk anyone.
Daytona put this one away with a seven-run third inning, highlighted by two two-run doubles. The first was by third baseman Ben Carhart, who went 2 for 5 and also scored two runs. The second two-run double was by DH Kris Bryant. He went 2 for 4 with one run scored on the game. He was also hit by a pitch.
Left fielder Anthony Giansanti was 2 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored. Second baseman Wes Darvill was 2 for 5 with two RBI and one run scored. Catcher Yaniel Cabezas was 2 for 5 and scored one run.
With the win, the D-Cubs lowered their magic number over Clearwater to five.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars were snakebit by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 3-1.
Starling Peralta started and took the loss. He allowed three runs on five hits over 5.1 innings. One of the three runs was unearned. Peralta walked three and struck out four.
First baseman Willson Contreras had two doubles in a 2 for 4 game. Contreras had one RBI.
The Boise Hawks were tripped up by the Hillsboro Hops, 6-5 in ten innings.
Starter Dillon Maples allowed four unearned runs in the second inning after an error by second baseman Jordan Hankins opened the door to the big inning. Those would be the only four runs Maples would allow over five innings. Maples gave up four hits. He walked four and struck out two.
Tyler Bremer allowed a run in the tenth on a two-out, bases-loaded "hop-off" single. Bremer allowed three hits over his 1.2 innings of work. He walked two, both intentionally, and struck out one.
Third baseman David Bote was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. Catcher Lance Rymel went 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored one run and had one RBI. Hankins was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Left fielder Shawon Dunston was 0 for 3 with three walks and a run scored. He stole one base.
Scoreless in the third inning against the Reds at publishing time. I will update later.