The Cubs scored winning run in the 10th off RHP John Church in the 10th.
Jack Leathersich had a rough introduction to advanced-A: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR and he allowed a runner left aboard by Cory Mazzoni. Mazzoni's final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. In nine starts this year, he's fanned 32 and walked 13. I expected more than a 2.5 K/BB and a 6.4 K/9.
After the RiverDogs came from behind to beat the Gnats on Monday, the Gnats returned the favor on Tuesday evening with a three-run eighth inning. With two outs, 1B Brian Harrison singled home the tying run, and then the big hit in the inning came from RF Charley Thurber, who ripped a two-run triple up the right-center field gap to plate the Gnats' fourth and fifth runs. The 22-year old Thurber (.194/.293/.296 - 29 games) had a big night. In addition to his triple, he doubled, walked and scored the Gnats' first run.
The Gnats returned to within three games of the first place 'Dogs with the win.
That's the game stuff.
3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with an RBI single in the fourth, and a walk in the Gnats' three-run eighth. This is real. Rodriguez is laying off the breaking stuff better. He's drawn six walks in the last four games and is hitting .412/.488/.647 in his last 10.
LHP Alex Panteliodis somehow managed to avoid yielding a run while giving up five hits and three walks in four innings.