See, the Cubs did play today.
Bijan Rademacher called the Daytona Cubs "a whole different team" in the second half. Who knew Jordan Hankins could have that big an impact?
Tennessee, Daytona and Kane County are all in first place. Iowa is a half game out of first. Life is good, folks.
The Iowa Cubs shut out the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies), 2-0.
Tsuyoshi Wada was in command most of this game, allowing six hits over 6.2 scoreless innings. Wada walked one batter and struck out eight as he improved his record to 9-4.
Blake Parker got the final four outs for his 17th save. He did walk one batter with one out in the ninth, but he erased him with a game-ending double play. Parker did not have a strikeout.
Shortstop Javier Baez was 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI double.
Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2 for 4 with a double.
The Tennessee Smokies baked the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 6-1.
Dae-Eun Rhee dominated the Biscuits for seven innings, allowing the only run on a fourth inning home run. Rhee allowed seven hits. He struck out ten and didn't walk anyone.
DH Charles Cutler was 3 for 4 with a run scored.
Catcher Luis Flores went 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Left fielder Kevin Brown did pretty well in his Double-A debut, going 2 for 4 and scoring a run.
The Daytona Cubs gave up three runs in the top of the 11th inning but then stormed back with four runs in the bottom of the inning to sweep the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 9-8.
Felix Peña went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. Peña struck out six and walked one.
Yao-Lin Wang took the mound for the top of the eleventh in gave up a three run home run. Naturally, he got the win. Wang allowed two hits and he hit a batter. He struck out one and didn't walk anyone.
Dan Vogelbach hit a bases-loaded single to drive in Marco Hernandez with the winning run. (It sounds like Vogelbach hit what would have been a double had the winning run not been on third base.) Vogelbach was 1 for 5 with a walk. Hernandez was 2 for 6 with two steals and three runs scored. Hernandez had two RBI.
Albert Almora was 2 for 5 with a double and an intentional walk. Almora had two RBI and scored once. He also stole a base.
Chadd Krist was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored once.
Kane County Cougars
Catcher Cael Brockmeyer hit for the cycle as the Kane County Cougars bit the Beloit Snappers (Athletics), 9-7.
Jen-Ho Tseng had a rough start. He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed six runs eight hits, including two home runs. He struck out three and didn't walk anyone.
Corbin Hoffner pitched the top of the eighth and gave up a run on two hits. He got the win when Brockmeyer tripled home two runs in the top of the ninth. Hoffner did not walk a batter and he struck out one.
Tyler Bremer gave up a two-out single, but that was the only baserunner he allowed in the ninth inning as he got his tenth save. Bremer struck out one.
Brockmeyer had a double in the second inning, a two-run home run in the third, a single in the eighth and that game-winning triple in the ninth. He was 4 for 5 with three runs scored and the two RBI. The home run was his second on the season.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann hit a two-run home run in the third inning, his fifth on the season. Hannemann was 2 for 5 with a stolen base. He had three total RBI.
Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 5. Trey Martin was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and a run batted in.
The Boise Hawks cleaned up the Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies), 6-2.
Starter Trevor Graham gave up two runs over six innings, but both of the runs were unearned. Graham surrendered only three hits and issued only two walks. He struck out four on the way to his second Boise win.
Sam Wilson was perfect over two innings for his first career save. He struck out three.
Right fielder Jeffrey Baez hit a two-run home run which capped off a five-run second inning. It was his third home run this season. Baez went 1 for 5.
First baseman Danny Canela was 4 for 5 with two doubles. He scored once.
DH Justin Marra went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Second baseman Alex Tomasovich went 2 for 4 with two RBI and one run scored.
Third-round pick Mark Zagunis played left field and went 1 for 5 in his Boise debut.