Just what I wanted. Thirteen innings on a West Coast game.
Starter Dan Straily pitched the best of the three Cubs pitchers, but of course he took the loss. Straily allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. Straily struck out three and walked one.
Center fielder Junior Lake tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth inning with a home run. Lake was 1 for 5.
Second baseman Jonathan Mota was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Shortstop Elliot Soto went 2 for 4 with one RBI.
The only defense I can give for Iowa's late season collapse is that the team has been decimated by injuries and promotions.
The Tennessee Smokies were covered in gravy by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 8-4.
Starting pitcher Ivan Pineyro didn't make it out of the third inning. Pineyro allowed seven runs on six hits and three walks over 2.1 innings. He did not record a strikeout.
Left fielder Lars Anderson was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once. Second baseman Stephen Bruno went 2 for 3 with two RBI and one run scored. Catcher Charles Cutler was 2 for 3 and scored once.
Tennessee did catch a break in that Birmingham lost to Chattanooga, so their lead stays at three games. Their magic number is eight.
The Daytona Cubs netted the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), 5-4.
Rob Zastryzny was just dominant tonight. He pitched seven innings and allowed two runs, but only one earned, on five hits. He struck out five and walked nobody.
Austin Kirk allowed a two-run home run in the ninth and put two more runners on after two were out before exiting for Zack Godley. Godley got a fly out to center field to end the game and get his fifth save.
Daytona trailed 2-0 going to the bottom of the fifth when left fielder Bijan Rademacher hit a solo home run, his eighth of the season. Rademacher was 1 for 2 with a walk.
Three batters later, center fielder Jacob Hannemann gave the D-Cubs the lead with a two-run blast, his eighth of the year and second for Daytona. Hannemann went 2 for 3 with a walk on the night.
DH Kyle Schwarber gave Daytona a necessary insurance run with his 13th home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth inning. Schwarber went 1 for 2 with two walks. He scored twice.
Tampa won, so Daytona's lead stayed at two games. Their magic number is nine.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars won their 11th game in a row, 7-3 over the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners).
Starter Jonathan Martinez pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just three hits. He walked two and struck out an impressive seven batters.
David Garner had a 7-1 lead going into the ninth inning, but after two were out, he gave up two runs and had two more runners on second and third base before exiting for Francisco Carrillo. With the tying run on deck, Carrillo struck out the only batter he faced for his fifth save.
First baseman Jacob Rogers was 4 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 4 with a walk. Candelario had two RBI and scored once.
Dillon Maples had another disastrous start, giving up five runs on four hits over 2.1 innings. Maples walked five and had two wild pitches. He struck out two.
After Maples left in the third inning, the Hawks bullpen shut the Canadians down for the next 10.2 innings. James Farris relieved Maples got out of the third inning with a double-play and then stayed in to pitch 2.2 innings without allowing a hit.
Tommy Thorpe gave up just one hit over three innings. He struck out six and didn't walk anyone. Then Daniel Lews allowed only one hit over two innings.
Finally, Corbin Hoffner was the winning pitcher in this game after pitching the final three innings. Hoffner allowed three hits but he didn't walk anyone and struck out two.
Bote's double was his second of the night. He was 2 for 5 with three RBI and one run scored.
Shortstop Bryant Flete was 2 for 5 with a walk and one run scored. Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 5 with a walk and he scored on the Bote double.
Right fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 6 with a double. He had one RBI and scored once.
Brian Schlitter made a rehab appearance in this game.