Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks. Kings v. Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals is going to be great.
The Iowa Cubs were drowned out by the Nashville Sounds (Brewers), 4-3.
Starter Nick Struck pitched five innings and allowed all four runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Casey Coleman pitched the other three innings without allowing a hit. Coleman walked two and struck out two.
Left fielder Dave Sappelt was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored one run and batted one in.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 6-3 in the annual Rickwood Classic in Birmingham.
Yeiper Castillo took the loss. He lasted 3.2 innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits. He walked two and struck out four.
A.J. Morris allowed one run on three hits over 3.1 innings of relief of Castillo. He struck out five and didn't walk anyone.
Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara was 3 for 4 with a triple. Unfortunately, he made an error on a tailor-made double-play ground ball that allowed one run to score and opened up the inning for four runs off of Castillo. Only one of the runs was unearned because you can never asumme a double-play, but it really put the Smokies in a bad hole.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva went 1 for 4 with a two-run double in the sixth inning. He then scored Tennessee's third and final run.
This game was played at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, which is the oldest baseball stadium still in use. It was built in 1910.
The Daytona Cubs shut out the Tampa Yankees, 3-0.
Zach Cates pitched the first six innings, giving up just five hits. He only walked one, hit one and struck out five.
Yao-Lin Wang threw the final three innings for his second save. Wang allowed just one hit. He walked one and struck out five.
Center fielder Zeke DeVoss was 2 for 4 and scored one run. Left fielder John Andreoli went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. He also scored once.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars were held up by the Quad City River Bandits (Astros), 2-1.
Starter Pierce Johnson was pretty good, but he allowed a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning and that was all that was necessary to take the loss. Johnson allowed one run on four hits over 5.2 innings. Johnson struck out seven and only walked one.
DH Marco Hernandez singled with two outs in the ninth, went to second base on an error and scored on a Carlos Escobar single for Kane County's only run. Both Hernandez and Escobar were 2 for 4. The rest of the Cougars' lineup had one total hit.