Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: September 3

Congratulations to Jose Rosario, whom you voted as the BCB Minor League Pitcher of the Month. We're going to lead with the Hawks tonight because the big news was coming out of Boise this afternoon.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks annexed the Vancouver Canadians, 8-2. The win clinches the Hawks first post-season berth since 2006.

Jean Sandoval got the start tonight and was dominating for five shutout innings. Sandoval gave up three hits and a walk while striking out five. He improved his record to 2-1.

Right fielder Reggie Golden hit a line shot out of the ballpark in the eighth inning. The solo home run was his seventh of the season and fourth in his last six games. Golden was 3 for 4 with three RBI.

Left fielder Ryan Cuneo was 4 for 4 with a double and two RBI. DH Rafael Lopez hit two doubles in a 3 for 4 game. Lopez scored three times and had one RBI.

The Hawks finish their with an overall record of 36-40, which was the second-best record in the Northwest League East Division. Since Tri-City won both halves, that qualifies Boise for the playoffs. They will take on Tri-City in Boise in Game One of the best-of-three series on Monday. The game starts at 7:45 Central Time and you can listen at

Iowa Cubs and Peoria Chiefs

Both teams' games were wiped out by the great Labor Day Weekend Midwest Monsoon of 2011. Neither game will be made up. Both teams have two more games to play this weekend and neither qualified for the post-season.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were shut out by the Birmingham Barons, 5-0.

Trey McNutt pitched the first five innings and took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits. McNutt had control problems as he walked five and struck out only two.

The Smokies only had five hits. Shortstop Nate Samson was 2 for 3 with a double.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs are now 0-2 with their new logos as they lost to the Brevard County Manatees, 4-3.

Starter Matt Loosen pitched five innings and allowed one run on two hits. Loosen walked three and struck out seven.

Fireman Frank Batista was more of an arsonist tonight. Batista allowed three runs on four hits in the one inning he pitched. All four hits went for extra bases and one was a home run. Batista neither walked nor struck anyone out.

Shortstop Elliot Soto was 3 for 4 with a double. He scored one run. Center fielder Logan Watkins was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once and batted one runner in.

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