We're going to start in Canada tonight, because that's where the big news is. Then we're going to Mesa.
The Boise Hawks defeated the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 8-6. With the win, the Hawks clinched the Northwest League East Division second half title. At least one Cub team is going to the playoffs this year.
Ian Dickson started and allowed four runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Hunter Ackerman relieved Dickson and got the win after he allowed one run over the next 2.2 innings. He also pitched to one batter in the eighth which would come around to score for the one run he allowed. Ackerman gave up two runs. He walked one and struck out five.
Nathan Dorris entered the game with a man on second and one out in the ninth. He retired the next two batters to get his fourth save. He did not have a strike out.
Third baseman Jeimer Candelario had two doubles in a 3 for 5 game. He scored two runs and knocked three home.
Shortstop Stephen Bruno was 2 for 4. He scored twice and had one RBI. First baseman Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI.
And another Cubs team makes the playoffs. Ben Carhart singled home Garrett Schlecht in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. The win clinched at least the wild card for the Cubs complex team.
The Iowa Cubs grounded the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros), 4-1.
Ty'Relle Harris got his second Iowa win with his best start in Triple-A. Harris allowed only one run on four hits over six innings and the first two batters of the seventh. Harris struck out six and walked only one.
Miguel Socolovich's Cubs debut was a successful one. He came in with no outs and a man on second in the seventh inning and retired the next three batters and stranded the runner. He did not strike anyone out.
Jairo Asencio threw a scoreless ninth and got his fifth save. He walked one but did not allow a hit. Asencio struck out two.
Third baseman Diory Hernandez did most of the damage with a two-run home run in the eighth inning. He also hit a sac fly in the sixth for three of Iowa's four RBI. Hernandez was 1 for 3 and now has two home runs this season.
Left fielder Jeff Frazier hit two doubles in a 2 for 4 game. Shortstop Matt Tolbert was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks. He scored one run.
First baseman Greg Rohan was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Right fielder Dave Sappelt stayed hot, going 2 for 4 with the other Cubs RBI.
The Tennessee Smokies lost to the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks), 4-3 in 10 innings.
Starter Nick Struck was strong over seven innings, allowing only two runs on six hits. One of the runs was unearned and the other was on the first of two Brent Clevlen home runs. Struck walked two and fanned six.
Frank Batista blew the save in the top of the ninth when he allowed Clevlen's second solo home run. That was the only run he allowed in his inning, but he did walk the bases loaded after the home run. (One of the walks was intentional.)
Casey Harman took the loss after he allowed an unearned run in the tenth after a Junior Lake error. Harman gave up one hit and one walk over one inning. He did not have a strike out.
Lake was solid with the bat, going 2 for 5 with a run scored. Center fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 5 with a two-run triple.
Left fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 3 for 5 with a stolen base.
In game one, Eduardo Figueroa pitched the first four innings without allowing a run. He gave up five hits and a walk while striking out six.
Matt Spencer got the loss after he had some big troubles throwing strikes. Spencer allowed three runs on five walks over only two-thirds of an inning. He did allow one hit, but that seems kind of small compared to the five walks. He did not have a strikeout.
Daytona only had three hits in this game and they walked nine times in the seven inning game. Second baseman Ronald Torreyes was 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored.
In game two, Ryan Searle started and got his eighth win and sixth for Daytona. Searle gave up only one run on three hits over five innings. He struck out five and didn't walk anyone.
Scott Weismann pitched a perfect seventh inning for his fourth save. Weismann did not strike anyone out.
In this game, Daytona had eight hits and only walked one time. Center fielder John Andreoli hit a double and a triple in a 2 for 4 game. He scored two times. Second baseman Ronald Torreyes was 2 for 4 with a triple. He scored two times and knocked one home.
The Peoria Chiefs skinned the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 3-2.
Starter Joe Zeller improved his Peoria record to 3-4 after he allowed only one run over six innings. He surrendered seven hits, but he only walked one. Zeller struck out one.
Larry Suarez pitched out of trouble in the ninth, but he held on for his fifth save. Suarez allowed a lead-off double and then a ground out put a man on third with one out. But Suarez struck out the final two batters swinging to end the game.
The Chiefs scored all their runs on back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning by DH Chadd Krist and third baseman Tim Saunders. Krist's home run with a man on was his fourth of the year. He was 1 for 4. Saunders' homer was his second in Peoria. He also doubled in a 2 for 4 effort.