The I-Cubs improved to 27-26 on the season behind a strong outing from Jake Buchanan. He threw 7 innings, allowed only 4 hits, walked nobody and struckout 7. Buchanan is a 26-year old former Houston Astro. He pitched in the Majors in 2014 and 2015 without a lot of success.
C.J. Edwards threw an inning and only allowed one baserunner (a walk). He struckout a batter. Spencer Patton struckout the side in the 9th.
Arismendy Alcantara was 2-4 with a strikeout and 2 runs scored. Willson Contreras drove Alcantara in one of those times on a double. Contreras also walked and scored a run. Dan Vogelbach was 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Albert Almora was 2-4 with a run scored.
There's not a lot to talk about offensively. Jacob Hannemann was 1-4 with a strikeout. Victor Caratini was 2-3. Cael Brockmeyer and Stephen Bruno were each 1-3. That's all the offense the Smokies could come up with, but it was enough to win the game thanks to the pitching.
Brad Markey threw 6 innings, allowed 7 hits and a run. He walked 3 and struckout 1. Josh Conway threw the 7th and allowed 2 walks. Jose Rosario threw the 8th and allowed 2 hits. Corey Black got his 7th save of the season. He walked 2 and struckout 2.
Rashad Crawford was 3-4 with a double, RBI and a strikeout. He also scored a run. Ian Happ was 0-1 with 2 walks, a run scored and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Yasiel Balaguert and Jason Vosler were each 2-4 with home runs. Vosler also added a double. It was Vosler's 2nd home run and Balaguert's 8th. Charcer Burks was 2-4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored.
Zach Hedges allowed 10 hits and 2 runs in 6.2 innings. He didn't walk anybody and struckout 2. Tommy Thorpe threw 0.2 innings and gave up a hit and 2 walks. He struckout a batter. James Farres threw the final 1.2 innings and didn't give up any hits or walks. He struckout 2.
The Cubs scored 10 in this one and Eloy Jimenez didn't have any hits. He was 0-4 with an RBI. Carlos Sepulveda was 3-3 with a walk and an RBI. He also scored 3 runs. P.J. Higgins was 2-4. Donnie Dewees was 3-4 with a triple and 3 RBI. Ian Rice was 1-3 with a home run. Jesse Hodges was 2-3 and Matt Rose was 1-3 with a home run.
Carson Sands couldn't get past 3 innings. He allowed 4 hits, 3 runs, walked 4 and struckout 3. Pedro Araujo threw 3 innings, allowed 2 hits, walked no one and struckout a batter. James Norwood pitched the 7th and allowed 2 hits.
The Cubs had just 4 hits in the second game. Ian Rice hits his 2nd home run of the day and 5th of the season. He was 1-3 with 2 RBI. Eloy Jimenez was 1-3 with 2 strikeouts. Tyler Alamo was 1-3 and Bryant Flete was 1-2.
Casey Boomquist improved to 4-2 and threw 5 innings, allowed 5 hits and a run. He walked nobody and struckout nobody. The number of low strikeout pitchers in the minor leagues for the Cubs is at an impressive level. Craig Brooks got his 3rd save of the season with 2 innings of 1-hit baseball. He struckout 2.