Jeez, Al said pretty much everything I was planning on saying. It's also kind of weird, since Hendry has been GM longer than this blog has been in existence.
It's interesting that Ricketts wants to retain Oneri Fleita and Tim Wilken, the two guys most responsible for my side of the equation. I'd also add that Steve Wilson needs to be retained in Asia.
The Iowa Cubs stung the Salt Lake Bees, 4-1.
Chris Rusin had a strong start on the way to his third Iowa win. Rusin allowed one run on six hits over seven innings. Rusin walked two and struck out four.
Scott Maine entered the game in the ninth inning and struck out the side in order to get his 11th save.
Third baseman DJ LeMahieu was 3 for 4 and scored a run. Left fielder Lou Montanez was 3 for 5 with an RBI.
The Smokies conquered the Jackson Generals, 3-2.
Trey McNutt started and got the win with seven strong innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits. McNutt did walk four and strike out five.
Marcus Hatley picked up his fourth save with a scoreless ninth inning. He did not allow a hit but he did walk one. Hatley did not have a strikeout.
The Smokies scored all three runs in the seventh inning, which included a two-run home run by right fielder Nelson Perez. It was his eighth home run this season and he was 2 for 4 on the night.
Catcher Steve Clevenger was 2 for 4 with a double and he scored earlier in the seventh inning.
The Daytona Cubs couldn't fly with the Dunedin Blue Jays, 3-2.
Angel Guzman started and took the loss after allowing one run in his 1.1 innings. Guzman allowed two hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two.
Dae-Eun Rhee was good in 6.2 innings of relief. Although he did allow two runs on a two-run home run and five hits total, he only walked one and struck out an impressive eleven Blue Jays.
Shortstop Logan Watkins hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. It was his fourth home run of the year. Watkins was 1 for 3 with a walk.
The Peoria Chiefs skinned the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 8-2.
Frank Del Valle started and picked up his third win with 5.1 scoreless innings. Del Valle gave up four hits and one walk. He struck out seven.
Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 3 for 5 with a triple. He scored once and had one RBI.
First baseman Richard Jones was a perfect 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. Jones knocked two runners in.
Center fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 5 and scored three times. He also had one RBI. Right fielder Jesus Morelli went 2 for 4 with a double. He had one RBI and scored once.
The Boise Hawks fell to the Spokane Indians, 3-2.
Yao-Lin Wang started and allowed two runs on four hits over 4.1 inning. He walked two and struck out six.
Hector Mayora entered the game in the bottom of the ninth after the Hawks had tied the game in the top of the inning. He gave up a run on two walks and a hit to take the loss. He only got one out on a foul out.
Ryan Cuneo hit a pinch-hit solo home run in the ninth to temporarily tie the score. It was his third home run this year.
Shortstop Dustin Harrington was 2 for 5 with an RBI.