Everyone won tonight, except for the Smokies, who had the night off.
The Iowa Cubs got back to their winning ways tonight and rode a seven-run third inning to a 8-2 win over the Salt Lake Bees.
Starter Casey Coleman gave up two runs on a pair of solo home runs, but otherwise limited the damage over six innings for his fifth win of the year. Coleman gave up five hits total. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone.
Left fielder Bryan LaHair was had two doubles in four AB tonight. He tallied three RBI and scored once.
Center fielder Sam Fuld was 2 for 5 with a run scored.
After a slow start, the I-Cubs are now 25-19, just a half a game behind Nashville for first place. The I-Cubs are 13-2 over their past 15 games.
The Daytona Cubs skinned the Brevard County Manatees, 5-3.
Starter Brooks Raley broke his alternating good/bad start pattern tonight by throwing a good game and picking up his second win. Raley allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. Raley walked one and struck out three.
Aaron Shafer pitched the final three innings for the save. He allowed one run on two hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Right fielder Kyler Burke hit a three-run home run in a 1 for 4 game. Burke now has three homers this year. Catcher Michael Brenly went 2 for 4 and scored a run.
The D-Cubs have now won four in a row and have climbed out of last place. They sit at 21-25 and in fifth place, eight games behind first place Dunedin.
The Chiefs creamed the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 2-0.
(Get it? Creamed? Kernels? Corn? Oh never mind.)
Starter Trey McNutt improved his record to 3-0 with five shutout innings tonight. He allowed only two hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Jordan Latham pitched the ninth for his ninth save. Latham allowed no hits, but walked one and fanned one.
DH Charles Thomas hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the seventh inning. Thomas was 1 for 3.
Third baseman Greg Rohan went 2 for 4.
The Chiefs record is 26-20. They sit in third place, 1.5 games behind Cedar Rapids. They play the next two games at home against the Kernels.