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Cubs Minor League Wrap -- May 16

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Is there anything worse than having a cold when it's 103º out? OK, there's what happened to Michael Barrett a couple years ago. But besides that, not much.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs got swarmed by the Salt Lake Bees, 16-7.

Starter Greg Reinhard got smacked around for pretty much the first time all season. Reinhard gave up five runs on six hits over three innings. Two of the hits left the yard. Reinhard walked three and struck out two.

Jesse Estrada was even worse, giving up five runs in only two-thirds of an inning. It went downhill from there, and reserve infielder Matt Matulia pitched the eigth inning, surrendering a run on a solo home run.

The Cubs were outhomered five to zero in this game. Still, first baseman Jake Fox was 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Fox was back at first base tonight.

Tennessee Smokies

See, here's what I like and dislike about Twitter. Normally when a team gets rained out, I make up some goofy thing that the team did to kill the time. But thanks to Twitter, I know that Tony Thomas went to his room and read Angels and Demons after the game got called. Sure, it's nice to know, but wouldn't it be more fun to say he went spelunking?

Daytona Cubs

The D-Cubs were chomped on by the Clearwater Threshers, 6-3.

Starter James Leverton faced the minimum over his first three innings. It was that second time through the order that was a problem. Leverton's final line had him giving up four runs on six hits, two of which were home runs, in his six-inning start. Leverton walked two and struck out four.

Shortstop Starlin Castro was 4 for 4 with two doubles. After a long slump, Castro now has his batting average up to .292.

Right fielder Jonathan Wyatt was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs were behind 5-0 after six tonight, but they came from behind to turn the Beloit Snappers over onto their backs, 6-5.

Chris Archer put the Chiefs in a hole by allowing two runs over two innings. Archer surrendered five hits and three walks. He did strike out four in the two innings.

Alberto Cabrera got the win in relief, although he didn't pitch that well either. Cabrera threw five innings and gave up three runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out four as well.

Ryan Buchter got his fourth save of the season by pitching the final two innings without allowing a baserunner. Buchter struck out three.

Third baseman Josh Vitters hit his fourth home run of the year. It was a solo shot in the seventh inning. Vitters was 3 for 4 overall with the one RBI and two runs scored.

DH Josh Harrison had a 2 for 5 night with a double and two RBI.