A big reminder: tomorrow night at 7 pm Central (weather permitting), the Iowa Cubs are going to take on the Memphis Redbirds in a game televised on the CBS Sports Network. It's going to be the only Cubs game on TV tomorrow, so be sure to tune in. We're going to have a preview and game thread just like we would for a Chicago Cubs game. (Probably no overflow threads though. Unless you folks are really chatty.)
The start of this doubleheader was delayed by 3 hours and 55 minutes by rain. Dallas Beeler kept the Redbirds off the board for for six innings until he gave up a walkoff home run with one out in the seventh to Xavier Scruggs. Beeler allowed five hits. He walked one and struck out five.
The Cubs had three hits, all singles, in the first game.
In the second game, Carlos Pimentel allowed one run over the first five innings. He gave up three hits, including a solo home run. He did walk five Redbirds while striking out six.
Marcus Hatley allowed a run on three straight singles after retiring the first two batters of the sixth inning. He struck out three batters.
Shortstop Javier Baez had an 11 game hitting streak snapped in game one. He was 2 for 3 in game two.
The Tennessee Smokies were outlasted by the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 2-1 in 11 innings.
It was a strong start for Dae-Eun Rhee, who allowed only one run on seven hits over seven innings. He also struck out eight and walked only one. You all know how much I like to see that.
Arodys Vizcaino tossed a scoreless inning, allowing only one walk. He struck out two.
P.J. Francescon started the bottom of the 11th and took the loss. After retiring the first two batters, Francescon allowed the winning run on a walk and two singles.
The Smokies had six hits tonight and Kris Bryant had four of them. Bryant was literally the entire Smokies offense, and he went 4 for 4 with a double and his 15th home run of the season. He also walked once.
Stephen Bruno exited this game with an apparent leg injury after he lost his footing on the wet grass.
The Daytona Cubs were excommunicated by the Palm Beach Cardinals, 7-2.
Nathan Dorris started and took the loss after he surrendered five runs on eight hits in only 4.1 innings. Dorris struck out two and walked one.
Catcher Willson Contreras had a pair of RBI singles that accounted for both Daytona runs. He was 2 for 4.
Second baseman Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 4 with a double.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars buzzsawed the Clinton LumberKings, 7-1.
Starter Paul Blackburn was constantly in trouble, as he allowed ten hits in only 4.1 innings. But he only allowed one run out of that, and it came on a solo home run. Blackburn walked two and hit one batter, so that was 13 baserunners and only one run. Blackburn struck out four.
Zak Hermans got the win because Blackburn didn't go five innings, but Herman seriously deserved the W. Hermans faced 11 batters and retired ten of them. The other one was hit by a pitch. Hermans struck out four.
Second baseman Danny Lockhart was 3 for 5 with a double. He scored two runs. Center fielder Trey Martin was also 3 for 5 with a double. Martin had one run scored and one RBI.
DH Ben Carhart was 2 for 5 with a double. He had one RBI and one run scored.
First baseman Jacob Rogers was 2 for 4 with a walk. He had one RBI and one run scored.
Finally, Shawon Dunston was 2 for 4 with a double. He also scored one run and batted one in. The Shawon-O-Meter 2.0: .262 and rising. Also, Dunston has a .303 batting average over the past ten games alongside a .294 OBP. Now that sounds like Shawon Dunston.