Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 17

Horacio Ramirez was pretty good in his first start for the Iowa Cubs. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs pounded the Tucson Padres, 8-1.

Horacio Ramirez made a successful Cubs debut when he allowed only one run over six innings. Ramirez gave up six hits and walked three. He struck out two.

Scott Maine got the win with two perfect innings of relief of Ramirez. He struck out three.

Right fielder Dave Sappelt had a big night. Sappelt was 3 for 5 with a double and a three-run home run in the ninth inning to put the game away. Sappelt had four RBI.

Shortstop Alfredo Amezaga was 3 for 4 with a walk. He scored two runs. Second baseman Nate Samson went 2 for 4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 5-4.

Starter Dae-Eun Rhee took the loss after he allowed four runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings. Rhee had control problems as he walked four and didn't strike out anyone.

Center fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Second baseman Logan Watkins was 1 for 2 with a double and two more walks. Watkins scored one run.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were trumped by the Tampa Yankees, 5-2.

Kyle Hendricks pitched the first four innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Kyler Burke piggybacked Hendricks and pitched the final five innings. Burke allowed three runs on five hits, but mainly on a three-run home run in the eighth inning to Gary Sanchez. He walked three and struck out two as his record in Daytona fell to 1-7.

Left fielder Nelson Perez was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored one run. Center fielder John Andreoli went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva went 2 for 4 with an RBI double.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs were stung by the Burlington Bees (Athletics), 5-4.

Starling Peralta started and pitched six innings. He gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits. He still striking out a ton of hitters as he fanned eight while walking only two.

Austin Reed pitched one inning, the seventh, and got the loss after he allowed two runs. He gave up two hits and issued one walk. Reed did not have a strikeout.

The Chiefs only scored four runs tonight despite hitting three home runs. All three home runs were solo shots.

Third baseman Dustin Geiger hit the first one in the second inning. It was his fifteenth home run of the year. Geiger was 1 for 3 with a walk.

The second solo home run was hit in the fifth inning by second baseman Wes Darvill. Darvill was 1 for 5 and now has three home runs on the year.

Finally, catcher Chadd Krist hit his third home run on the year in the sixth inning. Krist was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.

The only other Chiefs run came when shortstop Tim Saunders tripled and scored in the seventh. Saunders went 1 for 3 with a walk.

The Chiefs only had six hits tonight, but five of the six were for extra bases.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks slipped past the Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies), 7-6.

The Hawks went with a pitching staff by committee tonight. Justin Amlung was first up, allowing a run on three hits over two innings. Amlung did not walk anyone and struck out one.

Michael Heesch relieved Amlung and got the win as he was the most effective of the five Boise pitchers. Heesch threw two innings and allowed only one baserunner through a hit batsman. Heesch struck out one.

After that, the Dust Devils got back into the game and slowly chipped Boise's 7-1 lead down to 7-6. Tri-City scored three times in the one inning James Pugliese pitched and two runs in the two innings that Su-Min Jung threw. But Eddie Orozco nailed down the two-inning save without allowing another run. He did allow a hit and a walk in the ninth inning to make things interesting. Orozco struck out three.

Second baseman Stephen Bruno gave the Hawks a big lead when he hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning. It was Bruno's third home run. Bruno was 1 for 5 on the night.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach was 3 for 5 with a triple. (Really!) Vogelbach scored once and had one run batted in.

Center fielder Albert Almora was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Right fielder Izaac Garsez was also 2 for 4 with a double Garsez scored one run and batted one in.

Catcher Lance Rymel was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored two runs and knocked one home.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Athletics, 4-3.

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