It has been a long day. And it's not over for me yet.
The Iowa Cubs lost to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 6-2.
Starter Kyle Hendricks got knocked around for two runs in the first and three in the second. After that he settled down, but of course it was too late. Hendricks allowed five runs on six hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his eighth of the season. Alcantara was 2 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies were smoked by the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 6-0.
Julio Rodriguez started and allowed five runs over 4+ innings. Rodriguez allowed only three hits, but he walked six. Rodriguez fanned three batters.
The Smokies had four hits. Newly-demoted Jonathan Mota was 2 for 4 with two doubles.
Albert Almora scored on a Wes Darvill walk-off sacrifice fly as the Daytona Cubs edged the Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins), 5-4.
Felix Pena continued his streak of allowing one or fewer earned runs in all ten of his starts. He did not allow a run over four innings tonight. Pena allowed three hits. He walked four and he struck out seven.
Daytona fell behind 3-0 when Austin Reed allowed three runs in the sixth inning. He pitched 1.1 total innings and allowed two hits and three walks. He struck out one.
Zack Godley went the rest of the way. He gave up an unearned run in the top of the ninth to tie the score, but he got the win when Almora crossed the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Godley pitched 3.2 innings and gave up the one unearned run on three hits. He walked one and struck out three.
The Cubs led 4-3 after the seventh inning because Kevin Gregg pitched in his first game of the season and he allowed four runs without retiring a batter.
Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was the first batter Gregg faced and Candy greeted him with a solo home run, his fifth of the season. Candelario was 2 for 3 with a walk.
DH Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 4 with an RBI double and a walk. He stole third base after he doubled.
Almora was 2 for 5. Darvill was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.
Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 2 for 4 and scored a run.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars blasted the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners), 7-3. Their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now two.
Tyler Skulina started and got his fourth win. He allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked three.
Michael Wagner did not allow a run the rest of the way for a three-inning save. He gave up three hits. He walked one and struck out one. It was Wagner's first career save.
Third baseman Jordan Hankins has been hot lately, and tonight we was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann is even hotter. Tonight he was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored twice and had one RBI.