A lot of baseball today. And a lot of extra baseball. The good news was that with the exception of the rookie ball team, everyone won.
The Iowa Cubs had a longer half-life than the Albuquerque Isotopes, beating them 6-5 in 15 innings.
Jay Jackson started the game and allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out five.
John Gaub got the win after pitching the final four innings without allowing a run. He gave up only one hit and two walks, one of which was intentional. Gaub struck out seven.
Chris Robinson ended the game with a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 15th, scoring Marwin Gonzalez.
Left fielder Tyler Colvin was 3 for 7 with his fifth homer. It was a three-run home run in the third. Colvin also doubled.
Third baseman Jonathan Mota was 1 for 6 with a solo home run in the fourth. It was his fourth home run this year. He also walked once.
First baseman Bryan LaHair went 4 for 7 with a double and an RBI.
Marlon Byrd played center field and was 0 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored twice. Second baseman Darwin Barney was 1 for 4 and scored once.
The Smokies offense is still in critical condition, but their pitching got them a 1-0 victory over the Birmingham Barons in 13 innings.
Chris Rusin started the game and pitched five shutout innings. He gave up only two hits and one walk. He struck out one.
After that, Jeff Stevens, Esmailin Caridad, Rafael Dolis and Kevin Rhoderick each pitched two shutout innings. Rhoderick got the win, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one. The Smokies pitching staff allowed only five hits today.
The only RBI was a Josh Vitters sac fly in the top of the 13th which scored Junior Lake, who reached with a lead-off error.
Third baseman Ryan Flaherty went 2 for 5 with a double an intentional walk. DH Rebel Ridling went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. First baseman Blake Lalli went 2 for 4 with a double.
The Daytona Cubs made the Dunedin Blue Jays blue, 3-1.
Starter Jeffrey Lorick got his sixth win with six shutout innings. He gave up three hits and three walks while striking out one.
Marcus Hatley pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save. He struck out two.
Shortstop Logan Watkins was 2 for 2 with a walk. On May 14, Watkins was hitting .155. After today, he got his batting average up to .268.
The Chiefs ended their ten-game losing streak with a 16-7 thumping of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Matt Loosen got his first win in his first start with six solid innings. He allowed two runs on four hits. Loosen walked three and struck out seven.
Left fielder Anthony Giansanti was the big bat tonight with two solo home runs; one in the third inning and one in the eighth. Giansanti now has nine home runs this season. Giansanti also doubled in a 4 for 5 effort. He scored four times and had three RBI.
Right fielder Matt Szczur went 3 for 6 with a double. He scored once and had two RBI.
First baseman Richard Jones was 3 for 6 with two doubles. He also scored once and batted two in.
Third baseman Greg Rohan was 2 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored twice and knocked one in. DH Ryan Cuneo went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Shortstop Elliot Soto went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored four times.
The Boise Hawks swept the Spokane Indians 11-7 to move into sole possession of first place.
Jose Rosario started and gave up three runs on five hits over 3.1 innings. He walked three and struck out one.
Ben Wells got his first professional win with four innings of relief. He allowed four runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Dustin Fitzgerald got his first save. He pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings, allowing one hit and walking one. He struck out two.
Shortstop Wes Darvill was 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Third baseman Dustin Harrington went 3 for 5 and scored twice.
Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen had two doubles and a walk in a 2 for 4 game. He scored once and had one RBI.
Second baseman Brad Zapenas was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He had one RBI and one run scored. DH Chad Noble was 2 for 5 and scored twice. Right fielder Reggie Golden was 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.