Mike Olt his grand slam, Jorge Soler was a triple shy of the cycle, and Dan Straily dominated the strike zone with nine strikeouts of six-hit ball in seven innings to carry the Iowa Cubs to a game and a half lead over Omaha Tuesday in the Chicago Cubs minor-league action.
Iowa 7, Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) 4
Straily went seven strong innings to get his second consecutive win. He gave up two unearned runs on six hits, and tied a season-best with nine strikeouts. Straily did not walk a batter for the first time since July 20, 2013 with Oakland — a span of 35 starts between Oakland, triple-A Sacramento and Iowa.
Olt hit a grand slam in the third, his second homer for Iowa. He was 2-for-4 with a walk and four RBIs.
Soler fell a triple short of the cycle and was 3-for-5 with an RBI in the first, third, and fifth including a solo homer in the fifth. It was Soler’s 11th homer of the year and fourth with Iowa.
Bryant had two hits and two runs scored to extend his streak with at least one hit and run scored to nine straight games. He has hit .400 (12-for-30) with three doubles, three home runs, 14 runs scored, and seven RBI during this streak.
The Smokies had an off day and will play the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks) Wednesday.
Daytona 3, Clearwater Threshers (Phillies) 1
Starter Rob Zastryzny allowed one run on five hits, striking out five and walking one over five innings. Stephen Perakslis entered and only allowed one baserunner on a walk over three innings to take the win.
Zack Godley gave up a hit and a walk while striking out two for his fourth save on the season.
Kane County Cougars
Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals) 4, Kane County 1 in rain delay game
Kane County 4, Peoria 1 in 7 innings
Kane County split a doubleheader with Peoria, losing the rain delay game from Monday and taking the seven-inning second game.
Duane Underwood started Monday and allowed two hits with one strikeout before the rain came in the second. He only faced four batters.
Jen-Ho Tseng, who was recently named the Cubs minor league pitcher of July, started Tuesday with the game tied 1-1 with two out. Tseng gave up a two-run homer to the first batter he faced, but then he settled in. He allowed only one run on two hits over the next 6 1/3 innings.
Peoria added another run in the eighth on a single off Michael Heesch.
Chesny Young was 2-for-4 with a RBI single in the first and Danny Lockhart was 2-for-3.
Kane County is now tied for first place with Cedar Rapids.
Starter Ben Wells allowed one earned run on four hits, a single in the first, over six innings for the win. He walked one and struck out none.
Tyler Bremer struck out one in the seventh as he recorded his 11th save on the season.