Let's just go straight to the action tonight.
Do you really need an off-day to travel from Nashville to Memphis? Apparently you do.
The Smokies burned the Carolina Mudcats, 8-4.
Jay Jackson got back on track this season in a big way tonight. Jackson got his first win in AA by allowing only one run over seven innings. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out four. But he personally got that run back by hitting a solo home run in the fifth. At the plate, Jackson was 2 for 2.
Vince Perkins threw another scoreless inning of relief. He allowed one hit and struck out one Mudcat. Perkins has now gone 10.1 innings to start the season without allowing a run. Before you ask--he's right-handed.
Shortstop Darwin Barney was 3 for 5 with two RBI. However, he does seem to be in a fielding slump as he made another error today. Center fielder Brandon Guyer went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.
Left fielder Ty Wright's solo home run in the sixth inning was his second of the year and his second in two games. Wright was 1 for 4 with a walk.
They got some hits tonight, but the Daytona Cubs were still sunk by the Brevard County Manatees, 5-2.
The good news on starter Rafael Dolis is that he only allowed one hit in 3.2 innings. The bad news was that it was a solo home run. The worse news was that he walked six Manatees, which led to three total earned runs allowed. Dolis struck out two. Dolis' record fell to 0-3.
Henry Williamson had 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. He gave up two hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out two.
Center fielder Marwin Gonzalez hit his first home run of the year. He had a 2 for 4 evening with two RBI. Left fielder Jonathan Wyatt was 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
The Chiefs pitching staff threw its third straight shutout tonight with a 9-0 shellacking of the Burlington Bees.
Alberto Cabrera picked up his first win of the year with a six-inning start. He gave up four hits, walked two and fanned two. Mike Perconte got a three-inning save, which was his first of the year. He allowed two hits, walked two and didn't strike out a batter.
Left fielder Kyler Burke had a big night, going 2 for 5 with a double and his second home run of the season. Burke scored once and had two RBI. Mario Mercedes hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth.
Center fielder Tony Campana reached base every time up, going 3 for 3 with two walks. He also stole two bases, giving him ten steals on the season already. Third baseman Josh Harrison was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Harrison scored once and batted one in. Harrison only stole one base tonight and now has five on the season.
Josh Vitters was the DH tonight and he went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.