Cubs Minor League Wrap -- September 7

All the races are decided, and we've only got three teams playing their final game of the regular season.

There will be no wrap tomorrow because there aren't any games. Peoria's playoffs start on Wednesday and I'll be here with coverage of their game with Cedar Rapids. Tennessee's quest for the title starts on Thursday at Huntsville.

Iowa Cubs (72-72)

The Iowa Cubs finished out their year with a 7-2 loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Starter Jeff Samardzija took the loss today, going only 4.2 innings and allowing 5 runs on seven hits. That will give a lot of ammo to his critics, but on the good side, the Shark only walked one and struck out five.

Third baseman Matt Camp was 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. He also scored once and stole his 18th base. If only Camp had even a little power . . .Left fielder So Taguchi went 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies (39-31)

The Smokies finished off the season by taking the final four games against their arch-rival, including today's 5-4 victory over the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.

Ryno got work in for four pitchers today, including starter Casey Coleman, who allowed two runs over three innings. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out two.

Marco Carillo got the win. He relieved Coleman and pitched two innings, allowing one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out three. David Cales got his second save in AA with two perfect innings. Cales had one strikeout.

DH Welington Castillo was 2 for 2 with a double.

Peoria Chiefs (43-26)

The Chiefs ended their regular season by chopping down the Clinton LumberKings, 4-3.

Starter Alberto Cabrera went five innings. He allowed two runs on four hits. Cabrera walked one and struck out seven.

Manolin DeLeon only threw one inning of relief, but that was enough to get the win. He gave up one run on no hits, but two walks and a hit batsman. DeLeon did not have a strikeout.

Jeff Beliveau pitched the final two innings for his third save. He did not allow a run or a hit. Beliveau walked one and struck out four.

Center fielder Jose Valdez had another three steals today, which gives him eight in the eight games he's played in Peoria. Valdez was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored once and knocked one in.

Third baseman Junior Lake had two steals in a 3 for 4 game. Lake also scored once and had one RBI.

First baseman Michael Brenly was 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.

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