The Iowa Cubs blew away the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 10-2 in an afternoon matinee.
Starter Brooks Raley pitched 3.1 innings before he took a line drive off his left elbow and had to leave the game. Raley had allowed one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out two. There was no word on the severity of the injury at this time.
Casey Coleman came in for the injured Raley and was excellent. Coleman allowed only one hit over 3.2 scoreless innings (to Koyie Hill, no less) for the win. Coleman didn't walk anyone and struck out two.
First baseman Brad Nelson hit a three-run home run as part of a seven-run fifth inning that was all Iowa would need. It was Nelson's eighth home run this year. He was 2 for 4.
Third baseman Ian Stewart then went back-to-back with Nelson with his first home run of the season. Stewart was 1 for 4.
In the eighth inning, right fielder Brian Bogusevic hit his sixth home run with a man on to make it 10-2 and close out the scoring. Bogusevic was 2 for 4. He scored twice and had three total runs batted in.
Second baseman Logan Watkins was 3 for 5 and scored twice. The rehabbing Steve Clevenger was 2 for 4 with a double and he scored a run.
The Tennessee Smokies accepted the surrender of the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 8-6.
Yeiper Castillo threw the first six innings and allowed all six runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out four.
Hunter Cervenka got his first Double-A win (and second overall) after not allowing a run over 1.2 innings. He gave up only one hit. He did not walk anyone and struck out two.
Frank Batista pitched the final 1.1 innings for his eight save. He gave up just one hit. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.
Second baseman Ronald Torreyes gave the Smokies a 2-1 lead with a two-run home run in the second inning. It was his second home run this season. Torreyes was 2 for 5.
Left fielder Ty Wright hit his third home run for the Smokies in the fifth inning with the bases empty. Wright was 2 for 5 and scored twice.
Catcher Chad Noble was 4 for 5 with a double. He scored one run and had one RBI. Center fielder Matt Szczur had two doubles in a 3 for 5 game. Szczur scored two runs and batted three home. He stole one base.
Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara also doubled twice in a 3 for 5 day. He had one RBI.
The Daytona Cubs keelhauled the Bradenton Marauders (Pirates), 1-0.
It was a combined shutout today for Ben Wells and Frank Del Valle. Wells pitched the first five innings and gave up only two hits. Wells walked three and struck out four. Wells improved to 4-4.
Del Valle pitched the final four innings for his third save, but things got interesting at the end. After there were two outs in the ninth, Del Valle allowed two singles and two stolen bases to put the tying run on third and the winning run on second, but he got a fly out to end the game. Del Valle allowed four hits and didn't walk anyone. He struck out four Marauders.
The only D-Cubs run scored in the sixth innings when catcher Yaniel Cabezas led off the inning with a walk, went to second on a wild pitch, went to third on a Tim Saunders single and scored on a Jorge Soler sacrifice fly.
Cabezas was 0 for 3. Saunders was 2 for 4. Soler was 0 for 2 with a walk. Left fielder John Andreoli was 2 for 4 with a stolen base.
Kane County Cougars
On the road to Burlington.