Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 30

My brother-in-law got married tonight and my daughter has a new aunt. My girl was wonderful before the ceremony and she was great at the reception. During the ceremony she walked down the aisle like she was supposed to, handed the rings off to the person she was supposed to and then loudly announced to everyone "I want to go potty!" So for the most part, she was great. Except that my wife missed a large chunk of her brother's wedding dealing with a girl who wanted to sit on the potty. (And no, I couldn't have done it. She also shouted "I want mommy!")

I bought a Mariners T-Shirt with the old-fashioned trident on it. Don't worry, I've got more Cub stuff than I can keep track of and I'm wearing a Tennessee Smokies hat to the game. I will be at the Mariners game tomorrow night so expect the recap to be late.

From reading your comments, you guys are doing great without me. Keep it up.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were blown away by the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 7-6.

Alberto Cabrera got the start and allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings.

Scott Maine blew the save when he gave up a grand slam to Matt Dominguez in the ninth inning. Maine pitched one inning and allowed four runs on three hits. He didn't walk anyone but he did hit a batter. Maine did not have a strike out.

First baseman Bryan LaHair was 3 for 4 with a two-run home run in the first inning. LaHair now leads the PCL with 22 home runs. LaHair also walked once and scored twice. He had three total RBI.

Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez doubled twice in a 2 for 3 game. He had one RBI.

Marlon Byrd was 1 for 4 in a rehab assignment.

Tennessee Smokies

A pinch-hit two-run double by Rebel Ridling in the bottom of the eighth led the Smokies to a 7-5 win over the Carolina Mudcats (Reds).

Nick Struck started and gave up a lot of hits, but kept the Smokies in the game. In 6.2 innings, Struck allowed five runs on twelve hits. One of the five runs was unearned. Struck did not walk anyone (which kept him from getting shelled harder) and struck out four.

Jeff Stevens pitched 1.1 innings of perfect relief to get the win. He struck out three of the four batters he faced.

Kevin Rhoderick got his first save with a scoreless ninth. He allowed one hit. Rhoderick neither walked nor struck anyone out.

Center fielder Brett Jackson was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored three runs.

First baseman Blake Lalli was 2 for 3 with two doubles.

Daytona Cubs

Were rained out.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs were stung by the Burlington Bees (Athletics) 4-2.

Eric Jokisch started and allowed two runs on three hits over 6.1 innings. Jokisch walked only one and struck out seven.

Daniel Berlind took the loss in his Peoria debut. Berlind allowed two runs over 1.1 innings, only one of which was earned. Berlind was touched for one hit and he walked two. He had one strikeout .

Left fielder Anthony Giansanti was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks were left with nothing but dust against the Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies) 9-3.

Starting pitcher Willengton Cruz took the loss. He pitched 3.2 innings and allowed three runs on three hits, although only one of the three runs was earned. Cruz did not walk anyone and fanned four.

Third baseman Willson Contreras was 2 for 3 with an RBI. He also walked once. Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 2 for 5.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Royals, 5-2.

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