Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 18

Welington Castillo would be fine with the I-Cubs playing in Albuquerque every day. I'm not.

Have I mentioned I hate Albuquerque? Actually, I really just hate Isotopes Park.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were outslugged by the Albuquerque Isotopes, 13-10.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx started tonight and retired the first three batters without incident thanks to a strike-em-out/throw-em-out double play. Then he took the mound for the the second inning.

In the second inning, the first eleven Isotope hitters all reached base against Bibens-Dirkx before he got pulled from the game. He was relieved by Jeff Stevens, who promptly allowed singles to the first two batters he faced. The I-Cubs let the first thirteen batters reach before recording an out. Once Stevens got the first out, however, he did get the next two batters out.

Biben's-Dirkx final line on the night was one inning, allowing eleven runs on nine hits. He only walked one, but he hit two batters. Bibens-Dirkx fanned two.

Catcher Welington Castillo hit his ninth home run tonight and his third in two games. It was a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Castillo was 3 for 5 and also doubled. He scored twice.

Third baseman Marquez Smith went 4 for 5 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI. Center fielder Fernando Perez was 2 for 6 with a double. He scored once and had two RBI.

Second baseman Scott Moore was a perfect 2 for 2 with a triple and three walks. He also scored once and had one RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies couldn't hide from the Chattanooga Lookouts, 5-3.

Starter Dallas Beeler took the loss. Beeler pitched six innings and allowed four runs on eight hits, including two home runs. The bright side was that Beeler struck out eight and didn't walk anyone.

Catcher Blake Lalli was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once and batted one in. Second baseman Matt Camp went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

Daytona Cubs

The North All-Stars defeated the South All-Stars, 5-3. (Daytona is in the North)

Matt Cerda hit an RBI double in the sixth inning that broke a 2-2 tie and gave the north the lead for good. He was 1 for 2. Michael Brenly was 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored.

Justin Bour was only 1 for 4 with a double, but he won the home run derby before the game.

The D-Cubs pitchers didn't fare so well as Aaron Kurcz allowed two runs in the inning he pitched and Frank Batista gave up one run in his two-thirds of an inning.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs lost their sixth game in a row, 6-1 to the Quad City River Bandits.

Even Austin Kirk couldn't save the Chiefs tonight, as he got tagged for six runs on eight hits over five innings. Kirk struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Center fielder Matt Szczur hit his fifth home run of the season in the sixth inning. Szczur was 1 for 4.

Boise Hawks

The Hawks won their first game of the year in a big fashion with a 10-2 thumping of the Eugene Emeralds.

Starter Yao-Lin Wang picked up his first win for Boise with five shutout innings. He only allowed two hits. He walked two and struck out six.

Right fielder Reggie Golden went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Center fielder Pin-Cheh Chen was also 2 for 4 with a walk and a steal. He only crossed home once though.

Left fielder Ben Klafczynski was 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.

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