Hey Cub fans! It's "Everybody Wins Saturday!" Even those guys in Chicago!
The Iowa Cubs zipped past the New Orleans Zephyrs, 1-0 in ten innings.
Robert Coello has had a rough time so far this season starting for Iowa, but not tonight. Tonight he threw eight fantastic innings allowing only four hits. He didn't walk anyone and he struck out seven.
As good as Coello was, Scott Maine was just as good in two innings of perfect relief, striking out five of the six batters he faced. Maine improved his record to 2-1.
Brad Snyder hit a pinch-hit home run in the tenth inning to end the game. It was his third home run this season.
Shortstop Jonathan Mota was 2 for 3.
The Smokies blasted the Mobile BayBears, 8-1.
Robert Whitenack continued to put together what could be a breakout campaign as he allowed only one run on one hit over six innings. Whitenack did get into trouble with walks as he walked three and hit one batter. Whitenack struck out three.
Rebel Ridling hit a two-run home run as part of a six-run fifth inning. It was his sixth home run and he was 1 for 5 on the night.
Center fielder James Adduci was 4 for 4 with two doubles. He scored once. Third baseman D.J. LeMahieu went 2 for 4 with three RBI and a run scored. Second baseman Nate Samson had a double and a stolen base in a 2 for 5 game. Samson scored twice and had one RBI.
The Daytona Cubs demolished the Brevard County Manatees, 15-5. Their record on the season is now 22-8.
Jeffrey Lorick started and pitched well for four innings, but got in trouble in the fifth and was pulled before he could collect the win. He was credited with throwing 4.1 innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Aaron Kurcz relieved Lorick and was awarded the win. Kurcz was credited with 1.2 shutout innings, although he did allow two runners inherited from Lorick to score. He gave up two hits and two walks. He struck out four.
The D-Cubs put this out of reach early with an eight-run second inning. The big blow in that inning was a grand slam by center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha. It was Ha's sixth home run this season. Overall, Ha was 2 for 6 with five RBI.
If that wasn't enough, first baseman Justin Bour came to the plate after Ha and hit a second home run. It was Bour's seventh shot this year. Bour was 2 for 5 with a triple and a walk in addition to the homer. Bour scored three times and knocked two in.
Left fielder Evan Crawford went 3 for 5 with a double and four RBI. He scored once. Right fielder Nelson Perez was 3 for 6 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Second baseman Logan Watkins has had a miserable season at the plate, but tonight he went 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice and batted one in.
Left fielder David Macias had four walks tonight. He also went 1 for 2 at the plate. He scored twice.
Our long wait is finally over. After 112 at bats without a walk, shortstop Junior Lake walked in the fifth inning. Even better, he walked again in the ninth inning. The rest of his night at the plate, Lake was 1 for 3 with a double. He scored once and hit a sacrifice fly.
The Peoria Chiefs outfoxed the Kane County Cougars, 6-1.
Robinson Lopez had his third straight good start. He allowed only one run on five hits over six innings. Lopez walked one and struck out one.
First baseman Richard Jones was 2 for 4. He scored twice and had one RBI.