Congratulations to the Iowa Cubs' Eric Jokisch, who was your choice for BCB Minor League Pitcher of the Month!
The Javy Baez-less Iowa Cubs shut out the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 6-0 to retake first place by a half a game.
Starter Eric Jokisch dominated the Storm Chasers for eight innings, giving up just five singles. He struck out seven and didn't walk anyone as he won his third straight start.
The I-Cubs stole six bases tonight, two by Matt Szczur, two by Logan Watkins and two by Kris Bryant. All came off the combination of starter John Lamb and Francisco Peña. Bryant was 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. He scored two runs and had two RBI
Watkins was 1 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored. Szczur was 1 for 5 and scored once.
Mike Olt was 2 for 5 with a two-run double in the first inning.
The Tennessee Smokies reeled in the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 3-2. The win also moved Tennessee into first place by a half a game.
Starting pitcher Eduardo Figueroa went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out six and walked only one.
Lendy Castillo relieved Figueroa and walked the first two batters he faced. But then after a ground out put runners on second and third with only one out, Castillo struck out the next two batters to end the threat. Castillo got his first win of the season when the Smokies plated two in the bottom of the sixth. That was the only inning Castillo pitched.
Frank Batista pitched the ninth and got his ninth Smokies save, although not without great difficulty. Batista loaded the bases with two outs after an infield single, a hit batsman and a walk. But he got a fly out to end the game and preserve the Smokies win. Batista did not strike anyone out.
All three Tennessee runs in this game came off the bat of catcher Taylor Davis. He hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and then hit a two-run double in the sixth. It was Davis' third home run this year. He was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk in tonight's game.
Double-header at Charlotte rained out.
Kane County Cougars
The Cougars game in Peoria was suspended in the bottom of the first inning with the score tied 1-1. They'll try to finish tomorrow.
Second-round pick Jake Stinnett made his professional debut in this game.