Iowa 7 – Albuquerque 5 – (Box Score) – Jeff Samardzija picked up his first triple-A win as the Iowa Cubs defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-5 at Principal Park Sunday afternoon.

Samardzija (1-1) lasted six innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out four. The right-hander worked out of trouble early and often beginning in the first inning. After allowing a two-out RBI single to Dallas McPherson, Samardzija settled down and induced a groundout by Jason Wood to strand McPherson and end the inning.

Iowa tied it at one in the first when Andres Torres came around to score on a Ben Broussard groundout.

The I-Cubs took the lead for good in the second on an RBI double by Micah Hoffpauir to make it 2-0. Jason Dubois made it a 3-0 game with a home run in the third inning. Bobby Scales added to the lead with a towering solo home run in the fourth. Iowa would score in each of the first five innings, including a two-run fifth, when Samardzija laced a bases loaded single to right field to make it 6-0.

Samardzija got out of the sixth without allowing a run when he worked around a pair of walks to open the inning by getting Jason Wood to ground into a double play. He ended the inning by striking out Chase Lambin. Samardzija finished the afternoon throwing 101 pitches, including 57 strikes.

Albuquerque pinch hitter Tagg Bozied connected on a two-run home run in the seventh off Iowa reliever Blake Parker to make it 6-3.

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Hoffpauir made it a 7-3 game with an RBI single in the eighth. He finished the game 2-for-4 as every Iowa starter had a hit.

I-Cubs reliever Jim Brower allowed back-to-back doubles to John Baker and Bozied in the ninth. Jai Miller made it a 7-5 game with an RBI single to center field. Brower got Wood to groundout to end the game, stranding two Isotope runners.

Isotopes starter Gaby Hernandez (2-7) took the loss, giving up six runs on eight hits in four plus innings of work.

Peoria 4 – Kane County 3 – (Box Score) – The Peoria Chiefs made it three straight wins over Kane County and six in a row overall with a 4-3 win on Sunday afternoon at O’Brien Field. The win improves the Chiefs to 6-5 in the second half and 36-43 overall. Kane County got on the board in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Chiefs starter Dae-Eun Rhee walked leadoff man Adam Klein who then stole second base. After Justin Frash struck out, Larry Cobb grounded out to move Klein to third base with two outs. Rhee then balked allowing Klein to score to make it 1-0. Peoria responded in their half of the first inning against Cougars starter Scott Hodsdon. Jonathan Wyatt walked to start the frame but was thrown out trying to steal second base. Elvis
Lara blooped a base hit that landed just fair down the right field line, and Marquez Smith followed with a base hit to left. Josh Donaldson got the third consecutive hit in the inning for the Chiefs to load the bases with only one out. Jovan Rosa collected the fourth straight hit off Hodsdon with a double down the line in left to plate both Lara and Smith and give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead. Bautista drove in a run with a groundout that scored Donaldson to increase the Chiefs lead to 3-1. Rhee could not hold the lead as Kane County tied the game in the third. Corey Brown singled into right field with one out, and Greg Dowling followed a batter later with a base hit of his own. Todd Johnson drilled a single off the right field wall to score Brown and make it a 3-2 game. Shane Keough picked up the second straight RBI hit with an opposite field single to left to score Dowling and tie the game 3-3. The Cougars threatened to take the lead in the fourth against the Chiefs bullpen. Zach Ashwood walked Klein to start the inning, followed by a single off the bat of Frash. Cobb was walked to load the bases with no outs before Corey Brown struck out for the first out in the frame. Ashwood then got a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Jake Smith to get out of the jam with the scored still tied. Peoria used a two-out rally to regain the lead in the fourth inning against Hodsdon. Wyatt picked up a single and moved into scoring position with a steal of second base. Lara delivered a base hit to score Wyatt and put the Chiefs back in front 4-3. Kane County got the tying run to third base in the eighth inning, but Frash struck out looking against Jordan Latham to end the frame and preserve the lead for the Chiefs. Rhee worked three innings but did not factor in the decision. He allowed three runs on five hits while walking a season-high four batters, and he also struck out two. Ashwood worked two scoreless innings while walking two and striking out one and picked up his third win. Craig Muschko tossed two scoreless frames while recording three strikeouts. Latham worked the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.

Player of the Game – Elvis Lara (2B) – Lara picked up his first three hit game of the season as he went 3-for-4 with the game winning RBI in the fourth inning and a run scored.

Notes…The Chiefs last six game winning streak came July 15-22, 2007 when the Chiefs won seven in a row…The four walks issued by Rhee was the most allowed by a Chiefs starter since he walked three on June 19 against Beloit…Brandon Guyer had his five game hitting streak come to
an end…The Chiefs turned their league-leading 83rd double play of the season…Latham becomes the seventh Chiefs pitcher to record a save this season…Chiefs pitchers have balked nine times this season…Rosa picked up his team-leading 22nd double in the first inning…Nate Samson had
Sunday afternoon off and is second to Marquez Smith (76) in games played with 74…Josh Donaldson left the game with an apparent injury in the fifth inning…The win guarantees the Chiefs will have their first winning month of the season as they improved to 13-11 in June…The two teams will complete the series and the homestand on Monday evening at 6:30… Since it is the last home game before the Fourth of July, there will be special Fourth of July fireworks show presented by Methodist Medical Center…Monday will not be included as a half price Monday due to the fireworks show…There will be another Pitch-In for Charity prior to the fireworks show…Fans can purchase tennis balls for $1 with the proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois…Peoria will send LH Chris Siegfried (1-6, 7.10) to the hill against RH Scott Deal (5-3, 3.84) for Kane County.

Tennessee 4 – West Tenn 1 – (Box Score) – The Tennessee Smokies (36-46, 9-3) knock off the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (45-37, 4-8), 4-1 at Pringles Park Sunday Evening to win for a fifth time in the six game series. The win keeps Tennessee in first place by two games in the Southern League North in the second half.

The Smokies scored the games first run in every game of the six game series by crossing home in the fourth. Matt Craig was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to third on a long single by Doug Deeds. Craig then scored on an error to make it 1-0.

Smokies starter Esmailin Caridad lost his strike zone control to start the fifth which lead to the games tying run. He walked the first two batters of the inning Jon Nelson and Jose Yepez. Matt Mangini bounced a sacrifice bunt to third which turned into an error that loaded the bases with no outs. Jeff Dominguez drove home the run on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

The contest stayed tied at one until the Smokies seventh. Mark Reed started the frame with his first Tennessee hit which was a solo homerun. Fuld then singled and scored on a Nate Spears double. Jake Fox finished the scoring by doubling home spears for a 4-1 Smokies lead.

Rocky Roquet would enter the ball game in the bottom of the seventh for the starter Caridad. He inherited runners at first and third with one out. Roquet struck out the first hitter up. He then used his shoe to stop a would be two-run single up the middle. Roquet deflected the grounder and recovered it to retire the batter Brent Johnson and end the threat.

Jose Ceda pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to record his third save and preserve the Tennessee win.

Boise 5 – Yakima 4 – (Box Score) – Ryan Sontag’s second walk-off winner in two nights, tonight a fielders choice to score Ryan Flaherty from third in the bottom of the ninth, lifts the Boise Hawks to a 5-4 victory over the Yakima Bears before 1,801 fans at Memorial Stadium.

After a Brendan Duffy RBI single in the top half of the inning gave the visitors a 4-3 lead, the Hawks rallied against closer Bryan Woodall. A one-out fly ball to right by Rebel Ridling was lost in the evening sky by Roberto Rodriguez, giving the slugger a gift double. After Flaherty walked, pinch hitter Ryan Keedy laced a ball into right to score pinch runner Jake Opitz to tie the game. Sontag followed, hitting a 1-0 pitch to second baseman Joe Ayers, whose throw home was dislodged by the sliding Flaherty, scoring the winning run.

Boise took an early 3-0 lead in the fourth on a Ridling three-run home run, but Yakima rallied, tying the score on a two-run shot by Andrew Fie in the sixth.

Ridling and David Macias each had two hits in the win, with Josh Vitters extending his hit streak to 12 games with a fourth-inning single.

The Hawks head to Tri-City for a three-game set with the Dust Devils, beginning tomorrow night.

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