I've been traveling today and I'm going to be traveling tomorrow. There will be a wrap for Wednesday's games, but it's possible it doesn't get done until Thursday. It will almost definitely be late.
I don't want to jump the gun on anyone, but I've got a source that tells me that a top prospect from Tennessee is getting promoted to Chicago tomorrow. And no, it's not Brett Jackson. You may know who it is by the time you read this, but I won't be around to tell you.
We're going to lead with Daytona tonight for obvious reasons.
The Daytona Cubs beat the Clearwater Threshers, 8-6. The win clinches the first-half title for Daytona.
Aaron Kurcz started and didn't allow a run over the first three innings. He allowed three hits and one walk. Kurcz struck out four.
Oswaldo Martinez blew the save when he allowed two inherited runners to score in the seventh inning, but Martinez pitched a scoreless eighth and got the win when Daytona scored two in the bottom of the inning. Martinez pitched 1.1 innings and allowed no runs of his own and only one hit. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two.
Marcus Hatley hit one batter and another reached by an error in the ninth, but he got out of the inning for his third save of the season. He did not allow a hit or a walk. He struck out one.
Shortstop Logan Watkins was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk. He scored twice. Left fielder Evan Crawford had a tie-breaking two RBI single in the eighth. Crawford was 1 for 4 and scored once.
The Iowa Cubs were blown away by the Omaha Storm Chasers 8-6.
Starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx got the loss. Bibens-Dirkx allowed five runs over five innings, and all five runs scored by the home run as he allowed a two-run home run in the first inning and a three-run shot in the fifth. Bibens-Dirkx surrendered seven hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out three.
Catcher Welington Castillo was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Center fielder Fernando Perez was 2 for 4 with a triple and a stolen base. He scored once.
First baseman Bryan LaHair hit his 17th home run of the season with the bases empty in the second inning. LaHair was 2 for 4. Please, take a few minutes to vote for him for the Triple-A All-Star Game.
The Tennessee Smokies hooked the Carolina Mudcats, 2-1.
Robert Coello started and picked up the win with six shutout innings. He gave up three hits and three walks while striking out five.
Rafael Dolis pitched a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save. He struck out one.
First baseman Rebel Ridling was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Catcher Steve Clevenger went 2 for 4.
Center fielder Brett Jackson was 1 for 2 with two walks. He also had the other RBI.
The Jackson Generals lost tonight, so the Smokies magic number for clinching their fourth straight half-season title is two.