The Iowa Cubs derailed the New Orleans Zephyrs, 10-4.
Mitch Atkins shut down New Orleans tonight, pitching six innings and allowing only one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out six as he improved his record to 4-2.
First baseman Bryan LaHair was 2 for 5 with a double and three RBI. He scored once. Center fielder James Adduci went 2 for 4 with a walk. He had one RBI and scored twice.
Shortstop Darwin Barney was 2 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
The Smokies extinguished the Huntsville Stars, 8-5.
Starting pitcher Alberto Cabrera got knocked around a bit, as he allowed five runs in his 5.2 inning start. Only three of the runs were earned, however. Cabrera gave up six hits and walked four batters. He struck out five.
The bullpen shut the Stars down the rest of the way and Ryan Buchter got the win. He pitched a hitless inning, although he did walk one. He did not have a strikeout. David Cales got the save by pitching the final two innings. Cales allowed one hit. He walked one and struck out two as he picked up his third save for the Smokies.
Russ Canzler hit a pinch-hit two run home run in the sixth inning that tied up the game. It was Canzler's fifth home run this year.
First baseman Blake Lalli went 3 for 4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Second baseman Tony Thomas was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Right fielder Matt Spencer was 2 for 5 with two stolen bases. He scored once. Center fielder Tony Campana also stole two bases in a 2 for 5 game.
Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
With 14 games left in the first half, the Smokies have a 2.5 game lead in the North Division of the Southern League.
The Daytona Cubs were excommunicated by the Palm Beach Cardinals, 9-5.
Brooks Raley had a start he'd like to forget tonight, getting clubbed for eight runs on eleven hits over 4.2 innings. He walked one and didn't strike out anyone. He also had a wild pitch and a balk.
Second baseman DJ LeMaheiu was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI.
The Peoria Chiefs game with the West Michigan Whitecaps was suspended by rain. The score was tied at four in the third inning. It was the first suspended game for the Chiefs since the "Road to Wrigley" game in 2008 at Wrigley Field. They will try to finish the game as part of a double-header tomorrow.