Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 29

Just to answer a question that's been floating around since draft day, Trevor Gretzky's Twitter picture has him holding up a Cubs jersey with "GRETZKY" and the number "9" on it. So it seems like he's not going with number 99, at least not yet.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs silenced the Nashville Suns (Brewers), 8-5.

Chris Rusin started and went 5.2 innings. He allowed five runs on nine hits, including two home runs. Rusin walked one and struck out three.

Hung-Wen Chen relieved Rusin, faced one batter and struck him out. He got the win when Iowa scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Blake Parker pitched the final two innings without allowing a run to get his fourth save. Parker gave up two hits. He walked one and struck out three.

First baseman Bryan LaHair hit his 37th home run in the seventh inning with a man on. He leads all the minor leagues. LaHair was 2 for 4 with three RBI.

Left fielder Lou Montanez was 3 for 4 with a triple and three RBI. He scored once. Center fielder Brett Jackson was 1 for 3 with a double and two walks. Jackson scored three runs.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies went supernova on the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 7-2.

Andrew Cashner made a rehab start and struck out all three batters he faced.

Trey McNutt took over for Cashner to start the second inning and got the win after allowing only one run over six innings. McNutt was touched for six hits. He walked three and struck out five. He also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Not only was it his first home run, it was his first hit as a professional.

Third baseman Josh Vitters was 2 for 4 with his 13th home run of the year. He hit it with a man on in the fourth inning. He scored twice and had the two RBI.

Left fielder Nate Samson hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning which was his fifth home run this year. Samson was 1 for 3 with a walk.

First baseman Rebel Ridling went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Second baseman Jonathan Mota doubled in a 2 for 4 night. Mota had one RBI.

The win moved the Smokies into a first place tie with Chattanooga for the second-half title. They are trying to become the first team in Southern League history to win five straight half-season titles. They're already the first team to ever win four straight half-season titles.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs cranked out 18 hits and caged the Dunedin Blue Jays, 9-6.

Matt Loosen pitched the first five innings and got the win. He allowed three runs on four hits, although one of the four runs was unearned. Loosen struck out six and only walked one.

Fireman Frank Batista retired all four batters he faced to get his 26th save. Batista fanned three.

Third baseman Jake Opitz had a huge night. He went 4 for 4 with two home runs. Both home runs were hit with a man on. The first was in the second inning and the final one was an insurance blast in the ninth. Opitz now has eight home runs this season. Opitz had six total RBI. He even walked once.

Second baseman Logan Watkins was 2 for 5 with a run scored and a stolen base. Right fielder Abner Abreu was 2 for 5 and scored twice. Center fielder Matt Szczur was 2 for 6.

First baseman Justin Bour went 2 for 5 with an RBI. He scored twice. Shortstop Elliot Soto was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Catcher Chad Noble was 2 for 5 with an RBI.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs were bitten by the Kane County Cougars (Royals), 5-4.

Patrick Francescon started and lasted four innings, surrendering one run on three hits. He walked three and struck out five.

Ramon Garcia got hammered in the eighth inning for four runs to get the loss. Garcia pitched just the one inning and surrendered two hits and two walks. One of the four runs was unearned. Garcia struck out one.

Shortstop Rafael Valdes was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Right fielder Anthony Giansanti was 2 for 3 with a walk and stolen base. He scored once and had one RBI.

Boise Hawks

Coming home for the final big series against the Vancouver Canadians

AZL Cubs

Season ended yesterday. They finished with a 28-28 record.

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