The Iowa Cubs scored four runs in the top of the ninth to stun the Omaha Royals, 8-7.
Chris Carpenter took the mound to start the game and he pitched six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. Two of those hits were solo home runs. Carpenter walked two and struck out three.
Jeff Gray was the lucky beneficiary of the I-Cub comeback, picking up his third win. Gray did not pitch well, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk over 1.1 innings. Gray struck out one.
Jeff Stevens pitched a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save. Stevens did not strike anyone out.
DH Jason Dubois was 3 for 5 with a two-run double in the ninth inning that gave the I-Cubs the lead. Dubois also scored once.
Right fielder Brad Snyder was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI. First baseman Bryan LaHair went 2 for 5 with one run scored and one ribbie. Catcher Welington Castillo went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Omaha first baseman Scott Thorman hit for the cycle in a losing cause for the Royals
Memphis won their sixth game in a row, so the I-Cubs lead stays at one-half game.
The Tennessee Smokies were crushed by the Birmingham Barons, 16-1. However, Huntsville lost, so the Smokies officially clinched the second half title and their third title in a row.
Ty'Relle Harris got hammered for seven runs on nine hits over only four innings. Harris walked one and struck out three.
First baseman Russell Canzler hit his 21st home run to account for all of the Smokies' offense. Canzler was 1 for 3.
Center fielder Tony Campana and first baseman Blake Lalli were both 2 for 3 with a hit-by-pitch.
The Smokies will start the playoffs on September 9. Games 1,2,4 and 5 of the best-of-five series will be in Kodak.
The Daytona Cubs declawed the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 6-1.
Starter Brooks Raley got the win. He pitched 6.2 innings, allowing only one run on eight hits. Raley didn't walk anyone and struck out two.
Shortstop DJ LeMahieu was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The D-Cubs did pick up a game on Tampa, so now they trail the Yankees by 2.5 games with six to play.
The Peoria Chiefs split a double-header with the Clinton LumberKings, losing the first game 6-2 and winning the second 2-1.
In the first game, Brett Wallach started and took the loss. He only pitched two innings and allowed four runs on four hits. He also walked four and struck out three.
Right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 4 with a run scored. First baseman Justin Bour was 2 for 4.
In the second game, Jeffrey Lorick started and pitched 3.2 scoreless innings. Lorick allowed four hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out four.
Corey Martin pitched a perfect top of the seventh inning and got the win when Peoria scored two runs in the bottom of the inning. Martin did not have as strikeout.
Bour went 2 for 3 in the second game and scored the first run in the ninth inning.
Kane County lost, so Peoria is 2.5 games out of a wild card spot with eight games to play. Three of those games are at Kane County on September 1,2 and 3, so it would be great to see some Cub fans there to cheer on the Chiefs.
The Boise Hawks lost to the Spokane Indians, 5-4.
Matthew Loosen took the mound for Boise to start the game and pitched 3.1 innings. Loosen allowed two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Eric Rice allowed two runs on one hit and two walks to get the loss. Rice only retired one batter.
DH Alvaro Ramirez led off the game with his fourth home run of the year. Ramirez was 1 for 4. Third baseman Dustin Harrington went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.