It was a terrific start today for Eric Jokisch, who held the Storm Chasers off the board until a solo home run to lead off the top of the seventh. He finished the inning by striking out the side. Jokisch allowed only three hits and the one run over seven. Jokisch struck out eleven batters and walked only one.
Mike Heesch was promoted to Iowa from Kane County on an emergency basis to fill spots emptied by the call-ups to Chicago. He entered the game in the 11th inning and ended up collecting the win Heesch pitched 3.1 innings and allowed only one hit. He struck out four and walked two. Nice work for your first (and maybe only) day on the job.
Zac Rosscup, filling in for the promoted Blake Parker, was called upon to get his third save and he did, but not without drama. Rosscup walked a batter and allowed an infield single before closing out the game with a fly out to left field. He did strike out one batter.
Watkins was 1 for 6. It was his third home run of the season.
In the first game, Felix Peña started and got his second win. Peña allowed one run on only one hit hits over 5.2 innings. He retired the first 12 batters he faced before a leadoff walk in the fifth, that would later come around to score on the only hit he allowed. Peña walked two and struck out seven.
Starling Peralta tossed the final 1.1 innings for his first professional save, and he's been in the Cubs system since 2008. Peralta didn't allow a hit, but he did walk one batter and strike out three.
Second baseman Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. Third baseman Jordan Hankins was 2 for 3 with two RBI and one run scored.
Center fielder Albert Almora was 2 for 3, extending his hitting streak to eight games.
In game two, starter Jose Rosario pitched 4.2 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. He walked four and struck out four.
Tyler Bremer relieved Rosario and took the loss. Bremer pitched 2.1 innings and allowed three runs on two hits: a two-run home run in the sixth and a solo home run in the seventh. Bremer struck out two and walked one.
First baseman Rock Shoulders hit a solo home run in the second inning, his seventh of the year. Shoulders was 1 for 2 with two walks.
Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 2 for 3 with a walk and a double. He also stole two bases. Hernandez scored one run.
Left fielder Zeke DeVoss was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
About that Almora hitting streak? He was 0 for 4 in game two.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars were robbed by the Quad Cities River Bandits (Astros), 3-1.
Daury Torrez started and got the loss after he allowed three runs on six hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Gerardo Concepcion pitched the final three innings and didn't allow a hit. (I double-checked that. I was also watching the game. It's correct.) Concepcion walked one and struck out three.
Kane County managed to get only one run off their eleven hits. Catcher Kyle Schwarber doubled in the sixth inning and scored on an RBI single by third baseman Jeimer Candelario. That was the only hit KC got with runners in scoring position: they were 1 for 8. Schwarber was 1 for 3 with a walk and Candelario was 2 for 4 with a double.
Left fielder Shawon Dunston and center fielder Trey Martin were both 2 for 4. Left fielder Kevin Brown went 1 for 3 with a walk.
The Boise Hawks jumped over the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 6-2. It was Boise's fourth straight win.
Erick Leal started and got the win after he allowed two runs on four hits over five innings. He struck out two and he walked one.
Center fielder Rashad Crawford went 2 for 4 with a double and a bases-loaded triple in the third inning. He then scored in the four-run third on a Mark Zagunis single. Zagunis was 1 for 4.
Right fielder Jeffrey Baez went 3 for 5 and scored two runs. Catcher Mark Malave went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored one run.
Kyuji Fujikawa started and pitched a perfect inning. He struck out one.