Jake Fox continues to rake and Tony Thomas is nursing a sore hamstring.
After scoring 15, 18 and 17 runs in their first three games in Colorado Springs, the Iowa Cubs could only manage four runs tonight and that wasn't enough as the Cubs lost to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 8-4.
Mitch Atkins tough season continued tonight as he surrendered eight runs in 4.1 innings. Atkins gave up seven hits, two of which were home runs. Atkins walked five and struck out three. One of the runs against Atkins was unearned.
Kevin Hart provided 2.2 innings of shutout relief. He was touched for two hits, but struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
First Third baseman Jake Fox hit his minor league leading 16th home run tonight in a 1 for 3 effort. It was a two-run shot in the sixth inning. Fox also walked once. Left fielder.First baseman Doug Deeds also homered, his third on the year. Deeds was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Catcher Chris Robinson and shortstop Andres Blanco were both 2 for 4.
The Smokies were crushed by the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, 9-2.
Marcos Mateo started and got his first loss in AA. Mateo gave up three runs on eight hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four.
Right fielder Richie Robnett hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Robnett was 1 for 3.
Daytona was the Cubs' only winner today as they came from behind to sink the Clearwater Threshers, 7-2.
Rafael Dolis started, but he only lasted three innings, although that's not all that short for Dolis who is coming back from arm surgery. Dolis allowed two runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out two.
Henry Williamson had a strong relief outing to pick up the win. He allowed no runs and only one hit over three innings. Williamson did walk two but he struck out four.
DH (I guess he still has to beware of walls) Marwin Gonzalez was 2 for 5 with two runs scored. Third baseman Jovan Rosa was 3 for 5. Center fielder Francisco Guzman was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. Guzman scored once.
Were rained out, so they probably spent the day listening to Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown. Which is what I'm going to go do now. I think the last piece of music I bought the day it came out was The Clash's Combat Rock. Yes, that was on vinyl, yes, I still have it and yes, it has the "2000 Flushes" commercial on it. You hardcore Clash fans know what I'm talking about.[Edit: Corrected positions for Iowa]