Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 30

Dylan Heuer

Iowa moves into first place thanks to Bryant, Baez and Manny.

My internet was out most of the day. I got it back just in time to see Iowa bat in the bottom of the eighth.

And it so looked like Manny was going to be the top story tonight.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs snuck past the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 7-6 in ten innings.

Carlos Pimentel started and allowed four runs, all in the second inning, on back-to-back home runs. One three-run home run and, of course, a solo shot. Pimentel pitched six innings and allowed four runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out eight.

Blake Parker blew the save in the bottom of the ninth. After retiring the first two batters, he surrendered a walk and two hits. Parker did strike out two. But hey. it was Parker's first blown save of the season. He's allowed one, especially since the I-Cubs won anyway.

Marcus Hatley pitched a perfect top of the tenth inning and got his second win. He struck out one.

Third baseman Kris Bryant hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Iowa a 6-5 lead. It was Bryant's 28th home run and sixth for Iowa. He was 2 for 4 and was intentionally walked in the tenth inning. Bryant scored two runs.

Shortstop Javier Baez led off the bottom of the tenth inning with a double and would come around to score on a Josh Vitters single. Baez went 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored. Vitters went 1 for 5.

All of that overshadowed the Iowa Cubs home debut of Manny Ramirez. How did Manny do? Just 3 for 4 with a two-run home run in the seventh inning.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies fell to the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 3-2 in ten innings.

Starter Matt Loosen pitched six innings and allowed two runs on two hits. Loosen walked three and struck out five.

Tony Zych entered the game int he top of the tenth and he took the loss after he gave up a two-out RBI double. Zych allowed two hits. He struck out one and didn't walk anyone.

Shortstop Elliot Soto doubled home Kevin Brown in the second inning and then scored on a Jae-Hoon Ha single. That's all of Tennessee's runs. Soto was 2 for 4 and Ha was 2 for 5.  Brown was 1 for 4.

Daytona Cubs

Scheduled off day.

Kane County Cougars

Rained out. A make-up date has not been set yet.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks were messed up by the Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies), 11-5.

Ben Wells pitched the first five innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked two.

It has not been a good year for Jasvir Rakkar. Rakkar entered a tie game in the bottom of the eighth and exited after allowing six runs on seven hits and retiring only two batters. At least he struck them both out and didn't walk anyone.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford was 2 for 5 with three RBI. He scored one run. Left fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 4 and score once.

AZL Cubs

Off day.

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