A big happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. I know I spent the day with my wife and daughter.
The Iowa Cubs went bust against the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 9-8.
Starting pitcher Chris Rusin allowed five runs on nine hits over five plus innings. He put the ball in play a lot as he only struck out one and didn't walk anyone. He allowed one solo home run.
The only Cub pitcher who distinguished himself was Casey Coleman, who faced five batters and got six outs in relief of Rusin.
Iowa had an 8-6 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth, but Rafael Dolis gave up a run on a walk, a wild pitch and an RBI single. After Dolis exited, Iowa closer Blake Parker entered the game with one out and a man on. Parker got the second out of a fly out, but then he gave up a walk-off home run to Kila Ka'aihue, the second home run Ka'aihue had in as many innings.
First baseman Brad Nelson hit a solo home run in the second inning, his sixth of the season. Nelson was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Left fielder Brett Jackson was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice. He didn't strike out, either.
Iowa took a three-run lead in the top of the eighth inning when Ian Stewart hit a two-run, pinch-hit triple.
The Tennessee Smokies routed the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 5-0.
Starter Kyle Hendricks got his second win after pitching 6.2 innings. He allowed four hits and he walked one. Hendricks fanned four.
Right fielder Matt Szczur went 3 for 5 with a double and two one-run singles. Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara went 2 for 4 with a double.
Spent the day with their mothers. Or at least they called her.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars were cut down by the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners), 7-6 in ten innings.
Dillon Maples made his season debut today. He allowed three runs on six hits over five innings. Maples didn't walk anyone and struck out two.
The rest of the game was pitched by Lendy Castillo, who saw his record drop to 0-3 after he walked two batters and allowed a one-out walk-off single in the tenth. Castillo pitched 4.1 innings and allowed four runs on only two hits: a three run home run in the sixth inning and that walk-off single. Castillo walked four and struck out four.
The Cougars took a temporary lead in the sixth inning when DH Rock Shoulders hit a grand slam, his eighth home run of the season. Shoulders went 1 for 5.
Earlier, in the fourth inning, third baseman Jeimer Candelario slugged his first home run of the year with the bases empty. Candelario was 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.
Center fielder Oliver Zapata was 2 for 4 with a double. Catcher Carlos Escobar was 2 for 4.