Maybe when Bruce Miles wrote that Andrew Cashner wouldn't get called up in September, he meant because he'll be up next week to replace Zambrano. (I'm not advocating that now, but the way things are going, I might soon.)
Four of a kind beats a pair as the Iowa Cubs busted the Reno Aces, 4-2.
Starter Casey Fossum improved his record to 3-4 by allowing only one run on two hits over six innings of work. Fossum walked two and struck out six.
Vince Perkins gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth, but still got his second save. Perkins struck out one Ace.
First baseman Bobby Scales was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Left fielder John-Ford Griffin was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Catcher Chris Robinson also went 2 for 4 with a double.
The Smokies were vassalized by the Birmingham Barons, 4-3.
Starter Jeremy Papelbon went 6.1 innings tonight, giving up three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out six.
Alex Maestri gave up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out single. Maestri pitched the final 2.1 innings of the game, allowing the one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Right fielder Doug Deeds was 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
The D-Cubs were blanked by the hated Brevard County Manatees, 3-0.
Starter Rafael Dolis went four innings. He gave up one run on three hits and three walks. Dolis also struck out three.
Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 3 with a walk.Peoria Chiefs
The Chiefs defanged the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 6-5.
Starter Jeffry Antigua only gave up one hit tonight in 4.2 innings. Unfortunately, it was a solo home run. He also walked two batters in the fifth that came around to score after he left the game, so he was charged with three runs on one hit and two walks. Antigua struck out six.
Chris Huseby pitched the final 1.1 innings to pick up the win. Huseby allowed only one baserunner on a hit batsman. He struck out two.
Right fielder Kyler Burke had a big night tonight, going 4 for 5. He scored one run. Center fielder Brett Jackson hit his second home run for Peoria, a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the first. Jackson was 1 for 4 with an (intentional) walk and two runs scored.
A good start tonight for Robert Hernandez, who went six innings and gave up six hits. He didn't walk a batter (although he hit two) and struck out four.
Dionis Nunez finished out the game with two perfect innings to notch his fourth save. Nunez fanned three.
Third baseman Greg Rohan hit his third home run in a 3 for 4 effort. Catcher Richard Jones went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. He scored twice.