Once again, we've got a photo from today's game thanks to Dylan Heuer.
The Iowa Cubs got their record back to .500 by stomping on the Nashville Sounds (Brewers), 6-1.
Kyle Hendricks shut down the Sounds for seven innings this afternoon, giving up only one run on five hits. Hendricks struck out five and walked only one as he got his first win of the season.
So the Kyle Hendricks Fan Club can all exhale. You know who you are.
Neil Ramirez and Blake Parker each threw a scoreless inning to finish out the game.
Shortstop Javier Baez hit his second home run of the season when he took an 0-2 fastball over the right-center field wall. The two-run home run put Iowa ahead to stay. Baez was 1 for 4.
Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2 for 4 with a double. He also scored once. First baseman Chris Valaika was also 2 for 4 with a double. He had two total RBI.
Center fielder Matt Szczur went 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He scored on the Baez home run.
Left fielder Josh Vitters was 1 for 2 with two walks. He scored two runs.
The Tennessee Smokies couldn't ignite against the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers), 1-0.
Jake Arrieta made a rehab start and it certainly looked like it was successful. Arrieta threw 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, all singles. He struck out four and walked two.
Dae-Eun Rhee came on in the top of the fifth and got stuck with a hard-luck loss when Tony Zych allowed a two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth, scoring a runner inherited from Rhee. Rhee pitched 4.2 innings and allowed the one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Tennessee managed only four hits on the afternoon. Second baseman Stephen Bruno was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.
The Daytona Cubs were done in by the Dunedin Blue Jays 12-2.
Are you sure you want to hear about this one? Well, OK. You asked for it. Tayler Scott couldn't follow up his strong first start of the season, and he was cuffed around for eight runs on eleven hits over 3+ innings. Four of the eight runs he allowed were unearned. Scott walked three and struck out two.
Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth and was throwing gas. According to Sean Kernan of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, his fastball was sitting 96-97 with one at 95 and one at 98. Vizcaino pitched one inning and didn't allow a hit or a run. He did walk one and he struck out one.
Left fielder Bijan Rademacher was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
Second baseman Gioskar Amaya left this game in the second inning with an apparent shoulder injury.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars fried the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 7-5.
Starter Tyler Skulina pitched pretty well for five innings, but then he came out for the six and gave up four runs, which makes his final line look a lot worse than he actually pitched. Skulina lasted 5.2 innings and allowed five runs on six hits. Four of those six hits came in the sixth inning. Skulina struck out six and only walked one.
It was Skulina's first professional win.
Tyler Bremer pitched the ninth inning and got his first save, albeit not without some drama. Bremer allowed two singles and there were runners on first and second with one out, but he got a pop up and a fly out the end the threat and the game. Bremer did not have a strikeout in his inning of work.
Shortstop Carlos Penalver scored three runs in a 2 for 5 effort. One of those hits was a double and he also stole a base.
Second baseman Danny Lockhart was 2 for 5 and scored twice. Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert went 1 for 4 with a walk and three RBI.