Don't forget, you still have time to vote for the Minor League Player of the Month. There will be a chance to vote for the Minor League Pitcher of the Month tomorrow.
I want to take a second to congratulate Mike Hessman of the Toledo Mud Hens, who hit his 433rd career minor-league home run tonight. That's a new career record for the U.S.-based minor league. Someone should tell the Sporting News about this.
Short schedule tonight.
The Iowa Cubs scored six runs in the eighth inning and four in the ninth to stun the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers), 12-10. It was Iowa's fifth straight win.
This game was 4-2 Sky Sox at the 7th inning stretch, by the way.
Iowa starter Felipe Paulino went six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. One of the runs was unearned. Paulino struck out four and walked two.
After the I-Cubs scored six times in the eighth inning to take a 8-7 lead, Joe Ortiz coughed up the lead and three runs after pitching the bottom of the eight. Ortiz allowed those three runs on four hits and an intentional walk. He stuck out one.
Ortiz also got the win because Iowa struck back for four runs in the top of the ninth. With a two-run lead, Carl Edwards Jr. pitched the bottom of the ninth and got his sixth save and second for Iowa. Edwards issued a two-out walk, but no other baserunners. He struck out one.
With the base loaded and two out in the top of the ninth, shortstop Javier Baez connected for a three-run opposite field double down the right field line to give Iowa a 12-10 lead. Baez was 3 for 6 with a double and a triple tonight. He scored once.
Right fielder Rubi Silva went 3 for 5 with two doubles. He scored twice. Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Alcantara scored twice.
In the eighth inning with the bases-loaded, right fielder John Andreoli connected for a game-tying three-run triple. Andreoli was 1 for 5 with a walk and he later scored the go-ahead run in the eighth on a single by Adron Chambers.
The Tennessee Smokies were subjugated by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 4-2.
It was another quality start for Pierce Johnson, who has been very good since coming off the disabled list in June. In fact, in ten starts, Johnson has only allowed more than one run in one of them, and ever that was a quality start on July 22 when he allowed three runs over 6.1 innings.
Tonight, Johnson allowed only one run on four hits over six innings. Johnson walked two and struck out three.
Juan Paniagua relieved Johnson in the seventh inning and took the loss. He allowed three runs on two hits and two walks in the only inning he threw. Paniagua struck out two.
Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Tommy La Stella played seven innings at second base and was a perfect 2 for 2 with a double and a walk. He scored the other Smokies run. Miguel Montero played the whole game at DH and was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
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Eric Jokisch allowed one run over four innings in a rehab appearance in this game.