Josh is traveling today, so I'm filling in. He'll be back tomorrow.
The I-Cubs were blown out by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) 12-4.
Starter Drew Rucinski got pounded, allowing 14 hits and seven runs in 5.1 innings. Overall the Iowa staff allowed 18 hits.
Offensively, the I-Cubs did come up with 14 hits themselves, including home runs by Tim Federowicz and Logan Watkins. Mark Zagunis, who has hit well since his promotion to Triple-A, went 2-for-5 with a double. Munenori Kawasaki, Matt Murton, Kristopher Negron and Federowicz all had two hits.
The Smokies took a 4-2 lead into the ninth, but James Farris gave up a game-tying two-run homer, and Farris continued throwing into extras, where he allowed the game-winning runs in the 11th.
Ian Happ continued his hot hitting for Tennessee, going 3-for-5 with a double and a walk. Happ is 6-for-15 over his last four games and overall is hitting .432/.465/.676 (16-for-37) in the 11 games since his promotion.
Billy McKinney, Trey Martin and Chesny Young all had two hits.
Joe Nathan threw another scoreless inning, with two strikeouts, as he continues his rehab assignment.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Rained out. They'll make it up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday.
South Bend Cubs
The SB Cubs got bonked by the Ft. Wayne Tin Caps (Padres) 3-1.
Starter Ryan Kellogg got charged with all three runs in 5.1 innings. He struck out six.
The SB Cubs managed only four hits in the loss. Two of them, including a double, were from Eloy Jimenez, who also drove in the only run.
The Emeralds squished the Everett AquaSox (Mariners) 6-2.
Everett took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Ems came right back with three in the second, including a home run by Wladimir Galindo. Chris Pieters also homered, and Jose Paniagua and Robert Garcia both went 2-for-4.
Dylan Cease threw five innings, allowing four hits and two runs, with four strikeouts, and qualified for his first win of the season. Daniel Lewis and Alex Santana both threw two scoreless frames to complete the win.