The Iowa Cubs lost to the Memphis Redbirds, 4-3.
Starter Thomas Diamond gave up a solo home run to Redbird Ruben Gotay, but was otherwise very good over six innings. He allowed one run on three hits. Diamond walked three and struck out four.
Unfortunately, his bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Marcos Mateo, making his first appearance in AAA, got torched for three runs on four hits over two innings. Mateo struck out two.
Former Cub Rich Hill shut down the Cubs for 6.2 innings, allowing only one hit and two unearned runs. However, if you think his problems are over, Hill did walk five. Left fielder Brad Snyder hit his first home run of the year in the ninth inning. The solo shot got the Cubs to within a run, but no closer. Snyder was 1 for 4.
The Smokies improved their record to 10-2 with a 6-5 filleting of the Carolina Mudcats. The Smokies have the best record in all of baseball right now.
Chris Carpenter (no, not that one) came off the DL and made his first appearance of the year. He was fine for three innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out one.
Marco Carillo picked up the win in relief because Carpenter didn't go five. Carillo pitched two shutout innings, permitting only one hit. He struck out one.
Jake Muyco gave up three singles in the ninth inning, but was saved when right fielder Brandon Guyer threw out a runner trying to score from second with one out. He pitched the one inning for his fourth save of the year.
Starlin Castro was 2 for 4 with a double and his first home run of the season. Castro scored twice and had two RBI.
Center fielder Tony Campana was 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs scored.
The Daytona Cubs were downed by the Dunedin Blue Jays, 6-4
Starter Alberto Cabrera allowed six runs in the first inning. That was all Dunedin would get on the night, but that was enough, obviously. Three of the six runs allowed were unearned, as shortstop Junior Lake made two errors in the first. Cabrera went four innings and allowed seven hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Right fielder Kyler Burke was 3 for 4 with a triple and a run scored. First baseman Matt Spencer went 3 for 4.
A Matt Cerda triple in the bottom of the eleventh inning gave Peoria a 8-7 win over the Kane County Cougars.
Starting pitcher Jeffry Antigua got knocked around for five runs over 3.2 innings. He allowed four hits but wildness was his big problem as he walked five. He did strike out six Cougars, however.
James Leverton pitched a scoreless top of the eleventh to get his first win of the year. Leverton allowed one hit. He didn't strike out or walk anyone.
Third baseman Cerda was obviously the big man on campus tonight. He was 2 for 6 with the RBI triple. DH Justin Bour was 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. Bour scored once and had a sac fly RBI.
Right fielder Alvaro Ramirez went 2 for 5 with a run scored.