Light schedule today.
The Cubs released Trey McNutt and Zach Cates.
The Tennessee Smokies hung on to beat the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 6-5.
Ryan Williams was brilliant as he faced just one over the minimum in his six-inning start. Williams allowed just one hit, a two-out double in the fourth. He struck out five. For his efforts, he was rewarded with his 11th win of the season and seventh for the Smokies.
But the win didn't come easy. After Fernando Cruz gave up three runs in the seventh inning to cut the Smokies lead to 6-3, P.J. Francescon came on in the eighth inning to protect a three-run lead. He got out of a two-on, two out inherited jam in the eighth, and then pitched the ninth for his 18th save. But he made it interesting after he allowed a two-out single followed by a two-run home run by Jabari Henry to get the Generals to within a run. But Francescon struck out the next batter to end the game.
The final line on Francescon was 1.1 innings pitched, allowing two runs on two hits. He struck out two.
DH Billy McKinney hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was his seventh home run of the season and third for the Smokies. McKinney was 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.
For the sixth straight game, Albert Almora had two or more hits tonight. Almora was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once.
Catcher Willson Contreras was 2 for 4. He drove in Almora in the first inning and then scored on the McKinney home run.
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The Eugene Emeralds caged the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 9-0.
Starter Kyle Twomey kept the Hawks off the board for the first three innings. He allowed two hits. Twomey walked one and struck out one.
Preston Morrison got his first professional win because Twomey didn't go five. Morrison tossed three scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Third baseman Adonis Paula was 3 for 4 with a double. He also stole a base. He had one RBI and scored one run.
Center fielder Donnie Dewees was 2 for 5 with three runs scored. Second baseman Frandy Delarosa went 2 for 5 with a double. He scored one run and had one run batted in.