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  • Jeff Samardzija struck out 7 batters and only allowed 2 earned runs over 7.0 innings pitched
  • Jason Dubois hit 3 home runs
  • Julio Pena pitched 4.2 scoreless innings
  • Marcos Perez only allowed 1 ER over 7.0 innings pitched

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Iowa 2, Round Rock 3 - (Box Score)
Iowa 5, Round Rock 2 – (Box Score) – Jason Dubois homered in three straight at-bats as the Iowa Cubs defeated the Round Rock Express 5-2 in game two of a doubleheader at Principal Park Wednesday. The Cubs dropped game one, 3-2.

Dubois’ first shot put Iowa up 2-0, when he drove Chad Reineke’s pitch to left center field for a two-run homer. He made it 3-0 with a solo shot in the third. Dubois capped off the evening with his third of the game and 16th overall with a booming shot to center off Express reliever Jorge Sosa and was greeted at the dugout by a standing ovation from the crowd. Two batters later, Matt Craig connected on his first home run this year as an Iowa Cub to take a 5-0 lead. Round Rock collected two runs on back-to-back homers in the seventh inning for the 5-2 final. Iowa starter Jeff Samardzija threw six shutout innings and a seven-inning complete game. The right-hander allowed seven hits on the night, walking no one, and striking out seven to earn his third win.

Felix Pie and Andres Blanco tallied two hits in the win. Reineke was charged with the loss, lasting four innings, giving up three runs on six hits, including a pair of home runs to Dubois. Dubois became the first I-Cub hitter to homer three times in a game since Jake Fox accomplished the feat on August 11, 2007 at Albuquerque. The Cubs and Express took game one into extra innings with a 2-2 tie, but Mark Saccomanno hit the deciding run, a solo homer, for Round Rock in the eighth.

Tennessee 9, West Tenn 3 – (Box Score) – Nate Spears drove in three runs and Esmailin Caridad pitched a strong game to lead the Smokies to a 9-3 win over the visiting West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx. A boisterous crowd of 2,726 watched the Smokies improve to 15-7 for the second half of the season and solidify their position in first place in the North Division.

Tennessee jumped on Diamond Jaxx starter Doug Fister (5-10) early in the contest, tagging him for six runs in the first three innings. In the first inning, Jake Fox got the scoring started with a two-run double Matt Camp and Tyler Colvin. In the second, Tennessee plated another run thanks to Kyle Reynolds’ seventh home run of the season to make the score 3-0 Smokies. The Smokies touched up Fister for three more runs in the third, with Colvin smacking a triple to right field to lead off the inning. After an RBI single by Southern League All-Star Doug Deeds, Spears drilled his second home run of the season to give the Smokies a 6-0 early advantage.

Caridad (3-1) cruised through the first five innings of work, allowing just four hits. He ran into a bit of trouble in the sixth, giving up back to back home runs both to deep center field off the bats of Johan Limonta and Adam Moore to pull West Tennessee to within 6-2. Darin Downs came on in relief of Caridad to end the threat in the sixth.

West Tennessee was able to pull to within three runs in the top of the seventh, but Greg Reinhard came on in the seventh to shut the door on the threat. Reinhard would finish out the game on the mound to earn his fourth save of the season. He was aided by the Smokies offense in the bottom half of the seventh, as Tennessee would score an additional three runs to put the game out of reach. Sam Fuld connected with his second home run of the season to increase the lead, with Spears earning his third RBI of the night with a single to score Colvin. Spears, Fox, Colvin, and Deeds would all end the night with multiple hits.

Tennessee will try to increase their winning streak to five games in a row against the visiting Diamond Jaxx on Thursday night at Smokies Park beginning at 7:15 pm. The Smokies will look to left-hander James Russell (3-4, 4.59) to lead the way against Diamond Jaxx righty Travis Chick (2-4, 4.41). The five game set will continue on through Saturday July 12th, with all game times at 7:15 pm.

Boise 7, Eugene 3 – (Box Score ) – Josh Vitters and Ryan Keedy each hit home runs, part of an 11-hit attack, as the Boise Hawks opened up a five-game road trip with a 7-3 victory over the Eugene Emeralds, before 2,530 fans at Civic Stadium.

Vitters homer, a two-run shot in the first, gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead, one they would not relinquish. A Ryan Sontag bloop single scored Kyler Burke from third in the second to make it 3-0, with a Carlos Perez RBI single and a Burke sacrifice fly in the third made it a five-run lead.

Keedy’s blast, his first professional homer, capped the scoring in the seventh – as the Hawks moved two games above the .500 mark this season, and gained a game on Spokane in the Northwest League standings.

Despite Jeff Beliveau striking out five men in two innings of work, Jon Muller got the win for the Hawks, retiring six of the final seven men to close the game. Keedy, Vitters, and Ryan Flaherty each had two hits in the victory.

The Ems, who have lost seven in a row and 9-of-10, got a 3-for-4 night from Daniel Robertson.

Game 2 of the series is tomorrow night, with Justin Bristow meeting Rey Garramone.

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