Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 8

Kyle Schwarber - Sue Skowronski

The Smokies, Cougars and Hawks all had big wins.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs fell short against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 7-6.

Dae-Eun Rhee made his first career Triple-A start and had some problems, allowing four runs on nine hits over only four innings. Rhee walked three ands struck out one.

Alberto Cabrera tossed three innings of no-run, no-hit ball in the middle innings. He did walk three and struck out three.

Marcus Hatley got the loss when he gave up two runs in the eighth inning and the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Hatley pitched 1.1 innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits. He walked one batter and struck out two.

Right fielder Brett Jackson hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his fifth on the year. Jackson was 1 for 4.

DH Ryan Kalish gave Iowa a 6-4 lead with a three-run home run in the sixth. It was his fourth home run. Kalish also doubled and walked in a 2 for 3 game. He scored two runs.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies smote the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 7-3.

Starter Eduardo Figueroa pitched four innings and allowed one run on only two hits. It is fair to say he has some control issues because he walked five and only struck out one.

Tony Zych relieved Figueroa, pitched two scoreless innings and got the win because Figueroa didn't go five. Zych didn't allow a hit but he did walk one. He struck out two.

Frank Batista pitched the final 1.2 innings and got his fourth save. Batista walked two but didn't give up a hit. He did not strike out a batter.

Catcher Luis Flores came to bat in the top of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and promptly emptied them with a three-run double. Flores went 1 for 3 with two walks and a run scored.

DH Taylor Davis was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Shortstop Elliot Soto was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI. He scored once.

Daytona Cubs

Rained out. Doubleheader very early tomorrow morning starting at 10:35 am Eastern.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars apprehended the Quad Cities River Bandits (Astros), 7-3.

Paul Blackburn started and improved his record to 8-2 by allowing two runs on three hits over five innings. Both runs came on a home run in the bottom of the second inning. Blackburn struck out six and walked three.

Catcher Kyle Schwarber was 3 for 5 with two doubles. He scored once and had two RBI.

Right fielder Kevin Brown, playing for his third team in ten days, hit his first Kane County home run and second overall with the bases empty in the third inning. Brown also doubled in a 2 for 4 night. He had two RBI.

Left fielder Shawon Dunston was 2 for 5 with a stolen base and two runs scored. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks stomped on the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 11-4.

Tyler Ihrig started and improved his record to 3-0 after he pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits. Like Blackburn, both runs came on a second inning home run. Ihrig struck out six and walked one.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez hit his seventh home run of the season in the fifth inning with two men on. Baez was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk along with the home run. Baez scored two runs and drove home four.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford was 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI. He scored two runs.

The bottom third of the Hawks lineup did a lot of damage. Second baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 4 with a steal and scored a run. Shortstop Jason Vosler was 2 for 4 with a triple. He had two RBI and scored twice. Center fielder Charlie White was 1 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base. He scored three times.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Indians, 6-4.

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