Seventy-three years ago this September, the Great Eastern Hurricane of 1938 wiped out the baseball schedule in the middle of a pennant chase. The Cubs were in Brooklyn, three and a half games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. When the Cubs resumed their schedule in Philadelphia four days later, they started a ten game winning streak that culminated in Gabby Harnett's "Homer in the Gloamin'" that catapulted the Cubs into first place.
With most of the games on the Eastern Seaboard this weekend canceled by Hurricane Irene, it doesn't seem likely that history will repeat itself for the Cubs this season. But it's good to use the time to remember a great moment in Cubs history.
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The Iowa Cubs got blasted for nine runs in the eighth inning as they were prey for the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros), 10-5.
Jay Jackson did all he could do for the first seven innings. He allowed only one run on six hits. He walked only one and struck out five.
John Gaub has been pretty good all season, but not tonight. Gaub was hammered for five runs on three hits and a walk over only a third of an inning. One of those runs was unearned after a Marwin Gonzalez error. Two of the runs scored after Gaub exited when Kyle Smit gave up a home run to the first batter he saw. Gaub did strike out the one batter he retired.
Center fielder Brett Jackson led off the game with his ninth home run of the year for the I-Cubs and 19th overall. Jackson was 3 for 5.
Third baseman Ryan Flaherty homered in the eighth inning. The solo shot was his fourth for Iowa and 18th overall. Flaherty was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu was 2 for 4 with a walk. He had one RBI and one run scored.
Left fielder Lou Montanez went 2 for 5 and scored once. First baseman Bryan LaHair was 2 for 5.
The Tennessee Smokies eclipsed the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 7-5.
Andrew Cashner started tonight and threw a perfect inning, striking out one. He threw 14 pitches, nine of which were strikes.
Brooks Raley took over for Cashner in the second inning and picked up the win after allowing but one run over five innings. He was tagged for four hits and he issued only one walk. Raley struck out five.
Rafael Dolis had to come into the game with two out in the ninth inning and a man on second. Dolis got a pop out and his fifteenth save of the season.
Second baseman Jonathan Mota homered with a man on in the seventh inning for his second Smokies home run. Mota was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored twice.
Shortstop Junior Lake went 2 for 4 with a stolen base. The bottom of the order tonight was productive as he scored twice, too.
The Daytona Cubs got plopped on by the Dunedin Blue Jays, 16-3.
Frank Del Valle made his first Florida State League start and got hit hard for nine runs over only 2.1 innings. Del Valle gave up nine hits, two of which ended up behind the outfield wall. He walked two and struck out three.
Right fielder Michael Burgess hit his 18th home run with a man on in the fourth inning. Burgess was 1 for 4.
DH Justin Bour was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Bour scored once.
The Peoria Chiefs were mugged by the Quad City River Bandits (Cardinals), 9-1.
Austin Kirk got clubbed for seven runs on ten hits over four innings. Three of the ten hits were home runs. He walked three and struck out three as his record fell to 5-10.
DH Taiwan Easterling was 2 for 5. Shortstop Kenny Soccoro went 3 for 4 with the lone Chiefs RBI.
The Boise Hawks were tossed into the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 7-3.
Austin Reed pitched the first four innings and got the loss after allowing four runs on four hits. One of the four runs were unearned. Reed walked three and struck out three.
Catcher Mario Mercedes was a perfect 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. He had one RBI. Shortstop Wes Darvill was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Shortstop Javier Baez made his professional debut. He was 1 for 4 with an infield single. He stole third base. He made one throwing error but started two double plays.