Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 14

Jon Gudorf

Two Cubs farmhands, Albert Almora and Mark Zagunis, hit for the cycle tonight for Daytona and Boise respectively.

There is actually one minor league game tomorrow night as the Boise Hawks will be hosting Spokane. I was hoping to get a night off, but no such luck. But that is the only Cubs minor league game tomorrow night as MLB requests (but can't require) that the minor leagues not play opposite the All-Star Game.

Two cycles in one night. What are the odds of that?

Iowa Cubs

All-Star break

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were outshone by the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 6-5.

Starter Jeffry Antigua pitched four innings and allowed one run on two hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Tony Zych relived Antigua and had a miserable game. He was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks in only a third of an inning.

The Smokies came back and tied the scored at five each in the bottom of the fifth, which meant that P.J. Francescon was charged with the loss after he gave up one run over three innings. Francescon gave up two hits, walked two and had two wild pitches. He struck out three.

Catcher Charles Cutler tied the score at five in the fifth inning with a two-run inside-the-park home run on a line drive that skipped past the center fielder. It was Cutler's third home run of the season. He was 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Here's the video of the home run.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva was 2 for 3 with two doubles and a walk. He scored two runs.

Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and an RBI. Left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen went 2 for 5 and scored a run.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs downed the Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins), 13-8 in 13 innings.

Felix Peña started and allowed five runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings. One of the runs was unearned. Peña walked one batter ands struck out seven.

After the Cubs scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to take an 8-5 lead, Starling Peralta was given the task of closing out the game. Unfortunately, after giving up a run earlier in the inning, Peralta gave up a two-out, two-run home run to tie the score.

Peralta did pitch the next two innings without allowing a run, so his line for the night was three runs on five hits over three innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Zack Godley pitched the bottom of the 12th and got the win when Daytona scored five runs in the top of the 13th inning. Godley struck out one and the only batter to reach base against him came on an error.

Center fielder Albert Almora hit for the cycle tonight, going 5 for 7 with a double, a triple and his sixth home run of the season. The home run came in the top of the first inning and came back-to-back with leadoff hitter Marco Hernandez's second home run of the year. Almora scored four runs and had five RBI.

It was the first cycle for Daytona since Brett Jackson did it in 2010.

Marco Hernandez was 3 for 7 with the home run to lead off the game. He scored three runs.

Left fielder Bijan Rademacher hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to tie the score at five apiece. It was his sixth home run of the year. Rademacher was 2 for 5.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach went 3 for 7 with a stolen base. He scored one run and had two RBI.

Third baseman Jordan Hankins was 3 for 6 with a double and a run scored.

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya went 2 for 7 with a double and two RBI. He scored one run. Right fielder Billy McKinney was 2 for 5 with two walks--the only two walks the team drew in 13 innings.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars lost a finger to the Beloit Snappers (Athletics), 3-2.

It was a good start for Daury Torrez, who gave up only one unearned run over seven innings. Torrez surrendered four hits and he didn't walk anyone. He struck out four.

Michael Wagner blew the save by serving up a two-run home run to Tyler Marincov in the top of the ninth. Wagner pitched two innings and allowed the two runs on four hits. He struck out two and didn't walk anyone.

Shortstop David Bote was 1 for 4 with a two-run double in the fifth inning. That was pretty much all of the Cougars offense as they had only four hits.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks pounded the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 11-6.

Starter Tyler Ihrig allowed six runs over five innings on nine hits, including two home runs. But hey, he got the win and improved his record to 4-0. Ihrig struck out four and walked one.

Catcher Mark Zagunis also hit for the cycle! His big day included his first professional home run which came with a man on in the fourth inning. Zagunis was 4 for 5 with four RBI and three runs scored.

Zagunis was the first Hawk to hit for the cycle since 1994.

Second baseman Jason Vosler also hit his first professional home run. Vosler's home run also came with a man on as a part of the six-run fourth inning. Vosler went 3 for 4.

DH Justin Marra was 2 for 4 with two doubles. He scored two runs and had two RBI.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a 2 for 5 evening. Baez scored two runs.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford extended his hit streak to 14 games with a double in the bottom of the first inning. He was 1 for 4 and score one run.

Shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Giants, 5-1.

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