Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 8

Carlos Zambrano had a successful rehab start tonight.

Fernando Perez got released. I don't disagree with the decision (he just wasn't hitting) but I'm going to miss him. He also posted interesting pictures or anecdotes about life with the Iowa Cubs (whom he always called the Jr. Cubs) as well as just his ramblings about life. I doubt his career is over as I bet someone is going to give him another chance. But when he does hang it up, I hope he writes about baseball or becomes an announcer. He'd be great at it. Or that he gets his own show on MSNBC. He'd be good at that too.

For the record, he tweeted this about it.

Heartbroken to leave my 4th favorite team in my sporting life ( #1 Peddie HS frosh basketball - #2 '08 Rays - #3 wwpll 8 yr old all stars) A team full of princes. They were so nice even when I was still figuring out I wasn't a lefty!

Iowa Cubs

Releasing Perez didn't help, as the Iowa Cubs lost their fifth straight game, 4-0 to the New Orleans Zephyrs, (Marlins)

Jay Jackson starting and took the loss, but he didn't pitch poorly at all. Jackson threw six innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out eight.

The Jr. Cubs only had four hits. First baseman Bryan LaHair had a double and struck out the other three times at bat.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies and the Chattanooga Lookouts game was suspended after nine innings and the score tied 4-4. The game had two rain delays totaling over two and a half hours. It was suspended when they hit the 1am curfew.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were stoned by the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays), 8-3.

Jeffrey Lorick had a bad day at the office. His start only lasted 1.2 innings and he gave up eight runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out one. Hey, at least one of those eight runs was unearned.

DH Dustin Harrington hit his first home run of the year tonight. It was a solo home run in the third inning. Harrington also walked and doubled in a 2 for 3 night. He scored twice.

Right fielder Michael Burgess was 2 for 4 with two doubles.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs were broken by the Beloit Snappers (Twins), 4-1 in ten innings.

Carlos Zambrano pitched four innings and allowed only one unearned run on three hits. He walked three and struck out four. For the record, Zambrano threw 68 pitches, 38 for strikes.

Su-Ming Jung threw four shutout innings, allowing only one hit. He did walk four however and struck out no one.

Pete Levitt got tagged with the loss after he gave up three runs in the top of the tenth. Levitt pitched two innings and allowed four hits and a walk. He also hit a batter in the three-run tenth. He struck out three.

Center fielder Matt Szczur was 2 for 5 and scored the one run. Left fielder Anthony Giansanti was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks couldn't keep their powder dry versus the Everett Aqua Sox, 4-3.

Yao-Ling Wang had another good start for the Hawks, going five innings and allowing two runs, but only one earned, on four hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Cam Greathouse took the loss tonight and had an odd line. He pitched 2.2 innings and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. That part is not odd. The odd part is that he struck out seven in addition to that.

Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 2 for 5 with a double. He had one RBI and scored once. He also stole third base on the top half of a double steal.

I can tell that right fielder Reggie Golden is going to be a fan favorite around here. Tonight he was 0 for 2 with two walks, including one with the bases loaded for an RBI.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Brewers, 5-2.

Taiwan Easterling was 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. Time for Boise.

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