Congratulations to my LA Kings. Two Stanley Cups in three years. And congratulations to the Netherlands Football team, who made Spain look like the Cubs. I'm all Orange after the US goes out.
The Iowa Cubs were scratched by the Sacramento RiverCats (Athletics), 7-5.
Starter Dallas Beeler was pretty good for six innings, but he got into major trouble in the seventh inning when he loaded the bases with no outs. He almost got out of it with two ground balls back to the mound, but then he allowed a run when he walked a batter on a 3-2 count. He left after that batter with a 5-3 lead, but Carlos Pimentel allowed a grand slam to the next batter, Nate Freiman. Beeler's final line was six runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings. He struck out six and walked two.
After giving up the grand slam, Pimentel hit the next batter. He and manager Marty Pevey were ejected.
Iowa scored the five runs despite only three hits. Ryan Kalish came to the plate with the bases loaded in the fifth inning and cleared them with a triple. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.
The Tennessee Smokies burned the Mississippi Braves, 8-2.
Starter Matt Loosen went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits, including a solo home run in the first inning. Loosen struck out two and walked one.
Jeff Lorick pitched a scoreless top of the sixth and got the win when Tennessee scored four times in the bottom of the inning. Lorick allowed one hit but no runs. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.
First baseman Dustin Geiger was 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in the seventh inning. It was Geiger's ninth home run this season. Geiger scored twice and had three total RBI.
Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.
Daytona finished the first half 25-40. Here's to split seasons.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars lost to the Beloit Snappers (Athletics), 3-2.
Paul Blackburn pitched five innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out three and did not walk anyone.
Josh Davis got the loss when he allowed a run after he allowed a single, a stolen base and a single after two were out. Davis pitched three innings and allowed one run on three hits. Davis struck out four and did not walk anyone.
Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, his fourth of the season. He was 1 for 4.
Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 3 with a double.
The Boise Hawks cleaned up the Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies), 4-2.
It was a great start for Tyler Ihrig, who allowed a one-out single in the first inning and then retired the final 14 batters he faced. Ihrig struck out five in his five innings.
Grefer Eregua blew Boise's 1-0 lead when he gave up two runs in the top of the seventh, but got his first US win when Boise came back in the bottom of the inning. Eregua pitched two innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out two and walked one.
David Garner pitched the final two innings for his first professional save. He got into some trouble in the ninth when he allowed back-to-back one-out singles in the ninth, but he stranded the runners on first and third to end the game. Garner allowed three total hits. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone.
So what did Kyle Schwarber do in his first professional game?
So yeah, he crushed it. Schwarber went 3 for 4 with the home run and three RBI. He scored twice. That's a bit better than 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts, right Kris?
I feel terrible pointing out that Schwarber made an error.
Second baseman David Bote was 3 for 4 with a double.