The Iowa Cubs won a pitcher's duel against the Las Vegas 51s, 15-10.
(Hey, I didn't say it was a duel between good pitchers.)
J.R. Mathes started and lasted 3.1 innings. In that time, he allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits. He walked one and struck out one.
Jeff Samardzija was on the mound when the I-Cubs took the lead for good. Samardzija pitched 1.2 shutout innings, allowing one hit and issuing two walks. He struck out two.
First baseman Micah Hoffpauir hit home run number four tonight, a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Hoffpauir went 2 for 4 with a double and two walks. He scored three times and had five RBI.
Center fielder Sam Fuld was 3 for 5 with a triple and a walk. He scored three times and batted one in. Shortstop Darwin Barney went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Also getting two hits tonight were Chad Tracy, Marquez Smith, Bobby Scales and Matt Camp.
The Tennessee Smokies cleaned up the Carolina Mudcats, 4-3.
Starter Craig Muschko went seven innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two.
Marco Carrillo pitched a perfect eighth to get the win. He struck out one. Scott Maine was equally perfect in the ninth to record his first save of the year. He did not have a strikeout.
Third baseman Josh Vitters was 2 for 3 with an RBI double. Catcher Steve Clevenger went 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Daytona Cubs were pillaged by the Bradenton Marauders, 2-0.
Starter Dae-Eun Rhee lasted 4.2 innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out three.
DH Ryan Flaherty went 1 for 3 with a double. That was the best line of the night.
In the first game, Robert Whitenack got hammered for ten runs, seven earned, in 4.2 innings. Whitenack got tagged for 12 hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out three.
First baseman Justin Bour hit his first home run of the year, a two-run homer in the third. Bour went 2 for 2 with two walks. Second baseman Logan Watkins went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored.
Starting pitching in the second game wasn't any better, as Jeffry Antigua got lit up for eight runs on eight hits over three innings. Two of the hits were a pair of two-run home runs. One of the runs he allowed was unearned. Antigua walked two and struck out three.
Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee was 2 for 3 with a double in game two.