'Twas the night before the trade deadline, and all through the fields
Not a player was hugging, not even James Shields.
In the first game, Eric Jokisch tossed a seven-inning complete game shutout. He gave up three hits and he walked one. Jokisch struck out six.
Right fielder Jorge Soler hit a two-run home run in the third inning. It was Soler's ninth home run of the season and second for the I-Cubs. He was also ejected from the game after striking out in the fourth inning. He was 1 for 3.
One inning later, second baseman Javier Baez hit his twentieth home run of the year with two men on. Baez was 1 for 4 and he scored twice.
First baseman Mike Olt opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the second inning. He was 2 for 4.
Yoanner Negrin started game two and won his first game of the season by allowing only one run on six hits over five innings. Negrin struck out five and did not walk anyone.
Kyuji Fujikawa threw a perfect sixth inning. He struck out one.
Armando Rivero pitched the seventh inning and got the save. Rivero allowed a one-out walk, but no other base runners. He struck out two. It was his eleventh save of the season and his first for Iowa.
Soler was 1 for 2 with a walk. He doubled and scored the first run of the game in the second inning.
The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 7-3
Jeffry Antigua started and took the loss. He pitched six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Tennessee's three runs came on two home runs. In the third inning, center fielder Albert Almora hit a solo home run, his first HR in Double-A. It was his eighth home run overall. Almora was 2 for 4.
Catcher Charles Cutler hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth, his fifth of the season. Cutler was 1 for 4.
Shortstop Addison Russell was 2 for 4. First baseman Lars Anderson was 2 for 4 and scored on the Cutler home run.
The Daytona Cubs were boarded and raided by the Bradenton Marauders (Pirates), 9-7.
Justin Amlung started and allowed four runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings. Amlung walked one and struck out one.
Gerardo Concepcion pitched well in his High-A debut. He had 2.2 innings without allowing a run or a hit. He did walk two and he struck out two.
Michael Jensen started the eighth inning and loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. He retired only one batter before giving way to Zack Godley, who allowed all three inherited runners to score and then two more runs of his own. He got the loss after he allowed two runs on three hits over 1.2 innings. He didn't walk anyone (although he hit a batter) and he struck out two.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann hit a solo home run in the third inning, his first for Daytona and seventh overall. Hannemann was 3 for 5 and scored twice.
Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 3 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored twice and had one run batted in.
Catcher Willson Contreras was 2 for 5.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars were shut out by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 2-0.
Jen-Ho Tseng started, pitched well, and picked up a "L" for his troubles. Tseng went seven innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out three and didn't walk anyone.
Second baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 4.
Starter Trevor Graham pitched four innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. Two of the runs were unearned. He struck out four and walked two.
Trey Lang pitched the final two innings. He faced six batters and struck out five of them. The other one he got to ground out to shortstop. It was Lang's first win of the season.
The winning run scored in the bottom of the ninth inning when third baseman Jesse Hodges singled to lead off the inning, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on an infield single and an error off the bat of Danny Canela.
Hodges was 3 for 5 with a double. Canela came on as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and hit a two-run single. He was 2 for 2. He scored one run and had the two RBI.
The Hawks scored six runs in that seventh inning to tie the game up. Shortstop Bryant Flete started that inning off right with a lead-off double. Later in the inning, he hit an RBI single. Flete was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks. He scored once and had one RBI.