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Cubs Minor League Wrap--May 21

I hear that Josh Vitters guy is good.

I realized I haven't given the standings in a while, so I'll do that tonight.

We still need the scouting reports. I haven't gotten many lately.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost the "Battle of the Bears" to the Fresno Grizzlies, 9-2.

Starter Mitch Atkins rough season continued tonight. Atkins got rocked for seven runs over only four innings. He surrendered six hits and walked four. He hit one Grizzly batter. He only struck out two.

The pleasant surprise that is Greg Reinhard's season continued tonight as he threw two shutout innings, allowing only a lone single. Reinhard struck out three.

Center fielder Sam Fuld was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.

Iowa's record is 21-18 and they are in third place in the PCL American North Division, 1.5 games behind division leader Nashville.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies were smote by the Birmingham Barons, 8-2.

Marcos Mateo has struggled since his promotion to AA. Tonight he was hammered for six runs on ten hits over only 3.1 innings. Two of the hits were home runs. Mateo walked one and struck out two.

Third baseman Marquez Smith was 2 for 4 with a double and his third HR in AA. Marquez scored twice and had the one RBI. He did make an error in the field.

Catcher Steve Clevenger was 2 for 4.

The Smokies are 18-19, one half game out of first in the Southern League Northern Division.

Daytona Cubs

A double-header between the Cubs and the Brevard County Manatees was rained out. It will not be made up.

Daytona is 19-19 and in third place in the FSL Northern Division, 6.5 games behind Brevard County.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs were the Cubs' one lone bright spot tonight as they extinguished the West Michigan Whitecaps, 4-1.

Chris Archer was completely dominating in his five-inning start tonight. Archer allowed no runs and only one hit. He walked one and struck out eight. If Archer doesn't walk batters, he's pretty close to invincible like he was tonight.

Chris Huseby seems to be settling into the closer role as he recorded his second save in as many appearances tonight. Huseby allowed no runs and one hit over an inning. He didn't walk anyone and struck out a batter.

Third baseman Josh Vitters did not have three hits tonight. In fact, he only had one hit, but it was his eighth home run of the season and fifth in his last six games. Vitters was 1 for 4 with two RBI.

Left fielder Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run for the second time in three games. It was also Harrison's second homer on the year. Overall, Harrison was 2 for 4 with a stolen base.

Right fielder Kyler Burke was also 2 for 4 with a stolen base. Burke scored once. First baseman Rebel Ridling went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Peoria's record is 22-17 and they are 1.5 games out of first place in the Midwest League Western Division.