Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 25

Javier Baez - USA TODAY Sports

The top four system teams all won as Tennessee and Daytona roared back from early deficits. Kane County unleashed the fury on Beloit and Jake Arrieta shut down New Orleans.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs zapped the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 4-3.

It was the first Cubs win for Jake Arrieta, who gave up only one run on four hits over 6.2 innings. Arrieta walked four and struck out eight.

He also hit a bases-loaded double in the second inning that scored two and another runner scored on an error on the play to give Iowa a 3-0 lead.

The rumor is that Arrieta will make his next start at Wrigley during the double-header against Milwaukee on Tuesday. For his part, Arrieta says he's ready.

Brian Schlitter gave up back-to-back home runs with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but since he started the inning with a three-run lead, he still got his 13th save. Schlitter allowed the two runs on two hits, both home runs, over the one inning. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.

First baseman Josh Vitters was 1 for 2 with an RBI single in the third. However, Vitters pulled up lame on that hit going to second and was tagged out. He's expected to miss 1 to 2 weeks with a hamstring injury.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies blew out the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 10-5.

Austin Kirk started and put Tennessee in a 4-0 hole when he allowed four runs on six hits over 2.1 innings. Kirk walked four and hit a batter. He struck out two.

Marcos Mateo got his first win for the Smokies since 2009. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and he walked two. Mateo struck out three.

In case you've forgotten, Mateo is the guy the Cubs got from the Reds for Buck Coats. I just wanted to mention "Buck Coats."

Shortstop Javier Baez hit two more home runs tonight, a three-run shot in the fifth inning to get the Smokies on the board and a solo home run in the eighth. He was 2 for 6 with the four RBI and he just missed a third home run, what would have been a grand slam, in the ninth. Baez now has 25 home runs this year and eight with the Smokies

Right fielder Rubi Silva hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to tie the score at four apiece. Silva went 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored. He also stole his 11th base.

One inning later, in the seventh, Justin Bour cranked his 12th home run, and third in four games, with the bases empty. Bour was 2 for 5.

Jonathan Mota was 2 for 5 with a run scored.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs also came back from a 4-0 deficit to stun the Palm Beach Cardinals, 6-5.

You knew there would be some bumps in the Cubs career of Ivan Pineyro, and tonight he allowed five runs on six hits over six innings. The positive news is that he struck out eight and didn't walk anybody.

Jeffrey Lorick got his third win by pitching the final three innings without allowing a run. Lorick surrendered two hits. He struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Third baseman Ben Carhart was 2 for 5 with two RBI.

Catcher Chadd Krist went 2 for 3 with a double and he was hit by a pitch. Krist had one RBI. Left fielder Taiwan Easterling was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars overturned the Beloit Snappers (Athletics), 11-8.

Michael Heesch started and allowed five runs on five hits, including a three-run home run, over three innings. Heesch walked two and struck out one. One of his five runs was unearned.

Justin Amlung got the win after he gave up one unearned run over two innings. Amlung allowed two hits and issued one walk while striking out one.

The Cougars banged out 21 hits tonight, including two home runs and three players having four hits apiece.

Catcher Willson Contreras hit his eighth home run of the year in the third inning with a man on. Contreras was a perfect 4 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had three total RBI and scored twice.

DH Rock Shoulders hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, his 16th of the season. Shoulders was 3 for 5 with a sac fly. He scored three times and had three runs batted in.

Center fielder Albert Almora was 4 for 5 with two doubles and a walk. He scored once.

Shorstop Marco Hernandez went 4 for 6. He scored twice and had one run batted in.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario had two doubles in a 2 for 6 game. He scored two runs and had one RBI. Left fielder Reggie Golden went 2 for 4 and was hit by a pitch. He had one run batted in.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks lost to the Eugene Emeralds (Padres), 5-4.

Paul Blackburn pitched in his first game since July 12 and was limited to one inning. He gave up two runs in the first on two hits and a hit batter. He struck out two and didn't walk anyone.

Tyler Skulina relieved Blackburn and gave up his first two runs as a professional in his two innings of work. Skulina surrendered four hits. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.

Duane Underwood was Boise's most effective pitcher with three scoreless innings. Underwood gave up four hits. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone. A real positive effort.

Carlos Martinez-Pumarino started the bottom of the ninth and gave up the winning run. He pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up the one run on three hits. He struck out one and didn't walk a batter.

Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI single. David Bote was 2 for 4 with a double.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 1 for 3 with a two-run single in the second inning. However, he exited the game in the sixth inning with an apparent injury to his left leg.

Kris Bryant was 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Athletics, 7-3.

Brett Jackson was 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in a rehab appearance.

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