Couple of matinees today, including a Tuesday Morning game in Florida.
A furious ninth-inning rally came up a run short as the Iowa Cubs lost to the Memphis Redbirds, 7-6, dropping the I-Cubs' record to 1-5.
J.R. Mathes got the start and got knocked around for four runs on eight hits over five innings. Mathes walked one and struck out three.
Brian Schlitter had a rough relief outing, giving up three runs in 1.2 innings. Jeff Stevens was more effective. Stevens went 2.1 scoreless innings to close out the game. He gave up one hit. Stevens walked two and fanned five.
A ninth-inning three run home run by Micah Hoffpauir got the I-Cubs to within a run, but no closer. Hoffpauir was 1 for 5 on the day with the three RBI.
Shortstop Darwin Barney was 3 for 5. He scored twice and had one RBI. Third baseman Bobby Scales was 2 for 3 with a triple and a hit-by-pitch. Scales had two RBI. First baseman Bryan LaHair was 2 for 4.
The Smokies had a long bus ride from Pearl, MS to Kodak, TN. Insert your own hillbilly joke and/or outrage over a hillbilly joke here.
Starter Dae-Eun Rhee allowed two runs on four hits over 3.1 innings. Rhee didn't walk anyone and struck out four.
Rafael Dolis took the loss in relief. Dolis gave up two unearned runs over four innings. He surrendered two hits. Dolis had some control problems as he walked four and struck out three.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu was 2 for 4. Third baseman Josh Vitters went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. I know people like to see the walk. However, I do have to mention that he made the error that led to the two Dunedin runs in the ninth that were the difference in the game. Vitters scored one run.
It's tough to score runs in the Midwest League, especially in April. So today the Peoria Chiefs scored one unearned run and made it hold up for a 1-0 win over the Beloit Snappers.
Robert Whitenack threw the first six innings. He gave up four hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one.
Jordan Latham pitched the ninth for his third save of the young season. Latham didn't allow a hit or a walk. He did let one batter reach first on his own error though. Latham struck out one.
Third baseman Matt Cerda had half of the Chiefs' six hits. Cerda was 3 for 3 with a double. He scored the lone run on a Justin Bour sac fly.