What do Smokies manager Brian Harper and I have in common? We both love Steve Clevenger.
The final line on starting pitcher Chris Rusin doesn't look so good, but he pitched well until a five-run seventh inning. Rusin went 6.2 innings and allowed seven runs on ten hits. Rusin walked one and struck out three as he collected his fourth win for the I-Cubs. It helped that Rusin went 2 for 4 with and RBI and two runs scored at the plate.
Robert Coello got out of that seventh inning (after Carlton Smith made it worse) and went the rest of the way to get the save. Coello only allowed one hit and no runs over 2.1 innings. He walked no one and struck out five.
Bryan LaHair smashed two home runs tonight to give him 36 on the year which is the most in all of minor league baseball and only one behind Jose Bautista in all of baseball. LaHair hit his first in the sixth inning with a man on and his second in the eighth inning with two on. LaHair was 2 for 5 with those five RBI.
Third baseman Marquez Smith also hit his seventh home run of the year with a man on in the second inning. Smith went 2 for 4 and scored twice.
Center fielder Brett Jackson and shortstop Marwin Gonzalez were both 2 for 5 with a double. Both scored once and had one RBI.
Right fielder Lou Montanez went 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. Montanez scored twice and had two RBI.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu was 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.
The Tennessee Smokies set the Chattanooga Lookouts on fire, 8-3.
Trey McNutt got the start and lasted six innings tonight. He allowed three runs on nine hits. McNutt walked one and struck out three.
Shortstop Jonathan Mota hit his first Smokies home run and sixth overall with the bases empty in the fourth inning. Mota was 1 for 4 and had two RBI.
Catcher Steve Clevenger hit his fifth home run for the Smokies and eighth overall. It came with a man on in the seventh inning. Clevenger was 2 for 4.
Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha went 3 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base. He scored twice and made a spectacular catch in center field that you can see in a fanshot on the right.
Left fielder Rebel Ridling went 2 for 2 with a walk and a sac fly. He scored twice and had two RBI.
In game one, Angel Guzman started and threw a scoreless inning, although he did allow two hits. Guzman neither walked nor struck anyone out.
Casey Harman pitched the next three innings and got the loss after allowing three runs on four hits. One of the three runs was unearned. Harman did not walk anyone and struck out two.
The D-Cubs only had one hit going into the top of the seventh inning, but they scored three runs in the final inning thanks to two-out back-to-back home runs by Michael Burgess abd Jake Opitz. Burgess's homer was his 17th and came with a man on and Opitz's was his sixth. Both hitters were 1 for 3.
First baseman Justin Bour was 2 for 3 with a double and scored on Burgess's home run.
In the second game. Matt Loosen started and got the loss after giving up five runs over 4.1 innings. Two of the five runs were unearned. Loosen gave up three runs and walked two. He struck out three.
Shortstop Elliot Soto went 2 for 4.
The Peoria Chiefs were held up by the Quad City River Bandits, 4-2.
Patrick Francescon started and only gave up one run over three innings, but the Chiefs never came back and he got the loss. Francescon surrendered four hits but no walks. He struck out three.
First baseman Richard Jones was 2 for 4 with a double. DH Ben Klafcyznski was 2 for 3.
The Boise Hawks capped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 7-4.
Yao-Lin Wang was impressive by allowing only one run over six innings. Wang gave up five hits. He walked one and struck out eight as he improved his record to 4-4.
Left fielder Ryan Cuneo homered with a man on in the fifth inning. It was his sixth home run of the season. Cuneo went 2 for 4 and had four RBI.
DH Rafael Lopez also hit a solo home run in the third; his fifth on the year. Lopez was 1 for 4.
Third baseman Willson Contreras went 2 for 4 and scored twice.
Too darn hot to play. Actually, that's never stopped them before. Just an off-day.