The Iowa Cubs brought out the thunder against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 10-4.
Starter Ramon Ortiz picked up his fourth win tonight. He pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on ten hits. Ortiz walked one and struck out two.
First baseman Bryan LaHair homered in the bottom of the first inning with a man on to give the I-Cubs an early 2-0 lead. It was LaHair's 14th home run this year. LaHair was 1 for 4 with a walk and three RBI tonight.
Second baseman Bobby Scales hit a two-run home run in the third inning. It was Scales' fifth home run this season, all of them within the past eight games. Scales was 3 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored twice and had three RBI.
Right fielder Fernando Perez was 2 for 5 and he scored twice. Shortstop Augie Ojeda was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Catcher Welington Castillo went 2 for 5 with an RBI.
The Tennessee Smokies were demoted by the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 5-3.
Brooks Raley started and took the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits over six innings. Two of the five runs were unearned. Raley walked three and struck out four.
Most of the offense for the Smokies came from second baseman Ryan Flaherty, who hit his 12th home run of the year. It was a two-run home run in the eighth inning. Flaherty was 3 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
First baseman Rebel Ridling went 2 for 4.
The Daytona Cubs were beaten by the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers), 4-0.
All four runs Daytona allowed tonight were solo home runs. Starter Zacahary Rosscup pitched three innings and gave up two runs on two solo home runs and three hits overall. Rosscup did not walk a batter and struck out three.
Left fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 4.
The Peoria Chiefs tarred and feathered the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 11-4.
Starting pitcher Cam Greathouse got the win after going 5.1 innings and allowing four runs on six hits. One of the four runs was unearned and two of the runs scored after Greathouse left the game. Greathouse walked five and fanned two.
First baseman Richard Jones hit home run number nine tonight; a solo shot in the seventh inning. Jones was 2 for 5 and scored twice.
Third baseman Greg Rohan had an RBI double in a 2 for 5 night. Rohan scored twice.