It might have lacked the drama of the Big Z in Milwaukee last season, but the Cubs threw a no-hitter tonight!
Daytona Cubs (19-27)
When a team throws a no-hitter, even of the seven-inning variety, it gets the lead-off position. Tonight four Daytona Cubs pitchers combined to no-hit the Dunedin Blue Jays, 4-0 in the first game of a double-header. They lost 3-2 in the second game.
Craig Muschko started the game tonight and went the longest, going four innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Chris Siegfried pitched one inning and was awarded the win on the "Starter must go five" rule. Siegfried neither walked nor struck out anyone.
Oswaldo Martinez was just signed out of the Mexican League, and made his Cub debut part of a historic one. He pitched two-thirds of an inning and issued a walk and had a wild pitch. David Cales finished out the final 1.1 innings. He didn't walk or strike out anyone.
It was Daytona's first no-hitter in 13 years. Kerry Wood and two relievers threw that one.
Second baseman Nate Samson had a two-run home run and a two-run homer to provide all of the D-Cub offense. Samson also walked once.
In the second game, James Leverton started and took the loss, giving up three runs on three hits, including a two-run home run, over five innings. Leverton walked two and struck out three.
Nate Samson went 2 for 4 in the second game. First baseman Jake Opitz was 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored.
Iowa Cubs (61-59)
The Iowa Cubs summited the Tacoma Raniers, 7-4.
J.R. Mathes picked up the win to improve his record to 11-6. Mathes pitched five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. One of the runs was unearned. Mathes walked one and struck out one.
Blake Parker got his 15th save, although he did allow a run on a solo home run. He pitched two innings, walked two and struck out three.
Second baseman Luis Rivas had three doubles in a 3 for 4 game. He scored twice. Catcher Steve Clevenger was 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI.
First baseman Micah Hoffpauir hit a solo home run in the ninth. Hoffpauir went 2 for 5.Tennessee Smokies (25-25)
The Smokies eclipsed the Jacksonville Suns, 7-4.
Casey Coleman leads the organization in wins this season, and he picked up #13 tonight , although he really didn't pitch that well. Coleman went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out four, of course.
Jayson Ruhlman was perfect over the final 1.2 innings for his fourth save.
Right fielder Tyler Colvin was 3 for 3 with a triple and a walk. He scored twice. Left fielder Ty Wright and third baseman Marquez Smith were both 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. One of Smith's his was a double.
Peoria Chiefs (28-20)
The Chiefs were robbed by the Quad Cities River Badits, 3-2 in ten innings.
Starter Aaron Shafer allowed two runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings. He didn't walk anyone and struck out three.
Kevin Kreier took the loss. He gave up a run on two hits and two walks over 1.2 innings.
Third baseman Ryan Flaherty hit home run #17 tonight to tie up the game in the eighth inning. Flaherty was 2 for 4 with the one RBI. First baseman Rebel Ridling had a double in a 2 for 4 game.
Boise Hawks (25-30)
It took 12 innings, but the Hawks beat the Everett Aqua Sox, 4-3.
Starter Robert Whitenack allowed two unearned runs over five innings. He gave up six hits, walked once and struck out four.
Second baseman Logan Watkins went 4 for 6 and scored the winning run in the 12th inning on shortstop George Matheus's single. Matheus was 2 for 6 with the one RBI and one run scored.
DH Jae-Hoon Ha was 3 for with a double and a run scored.