Really short night tonight. But everyone who played, won. Tennessee, Peoria and Boise had the night off.
The Iowa Cubs atomized the Albuquerque Isotopes, 14-12.
Starter Jay Jackson picked up the win tonight. That was the good news. The bad news was that he gave up seven runs on eight hits, including two home runs, over five innings. Jackson walked three and struck out one.
The good news for Jackson was that he was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored at the plate. The other good new is that it's Albuquerque, or "Coors Field on Steroids" as I like to call it.
Carlos Zambrano also had troubles in New Mexico tonight. The Big Z pitched one inning and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. Zambrano had one strike out.
Jeff Stevens got his first save of the season by pitching the ninth inning and only allowing one run on two hits. That's good tonight.
Catcher Welington Castillo hit a grand slam tonight as part of a six-run fifth inning. It was Castillo's 11th home run this season. Castillo was 1 for 4.
First baseman Micah Hoffpauir hit a solo home run in the eighth inning. Hoffpauir was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI. He now has 16 homers this year.
Shortstop Darwin Barney went 2 for 4 with a triple and a walk. Barney had one RBI and scored three times. Right fielder Brad Snyder had two doubles in a 2 for 4 game. Snyder had four RBI and scored once.
Someone will kill me if I don't mention that center fielder Sam Fuld was 2 for 3 with two walks and two stolen bases. Fuld scored four times. He now has 13 steals this year.
The Daytona Cubs beat the Palm Beach Cardinals, 7-5.
Brooks Raley evened his record at 6-6 by tossing 6.2 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits. Raley walked one and struck out two.
Mike Perconte got his sixth save, although he did give up two runs on three hits over 2.1 innings. Perconte didn't walk anyone and he struck out three.
Third baseman Junior Lake stayed hot, going 2 for 3 with a double. He also walked once. Lake had one RBI and scored once.
Shortstop DJ LeMahieu went 2 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored once and knocked one in. Second baseman Ryan Flaherty was 2 for 4 with a walk. He also scored once.
First baseman Rebel Ridling rounds out the infield's big night by going 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI.