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Cubs Minor League Wrap--June 8

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Tomorrow is your last chance to see the Chiefs in Geneva. Actually, they'll be back on June 30, but I've got to believe Josh Vitters will be gone by then.

Iowa Cubs

Rich Harden was solid in his rehab start as the Iowa Cubs derailed the Round Rock Express, 10-3.

Harden threw seventy pitches tonight, forty-four for strikes. That got him through 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits. One of the runs was unearned. Harden walked two and struck out six in his start.

James Russell got the win because Harden didn't go five innings. Russell allowed a run on four hits over 1.1 innings of work. He didn't have a strikeout or a walk.

Don't look now, but Neal Cotts is pitching well. Cotts allowed only one hit over two innings of relief. He struck out three. Of the 35 pitches Cotts threw, 26 were for strikes.

Right fielder So Taguchi was 2 for 3 tonight with two walks. Taguchi also had a double, scored twice and knocked three in.

Center fielder Sam Fuld went 2 for 5 with a triple and a stolen base. Fuld scored once. Left fielder Jason Dubois had a double and a run scored in a 2 for 4 effort.

Shortstop Anderson Machado and second baseman Matt Camp were both 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Machado added in a stolen base and Camp had two RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

Whoa yes they call them The Streaks. The Smokies have followed up their 12 game losing streak with their fourth win in row by running past the Chattanooga (lookattat lookathat) Lookouts, 3-2 in ten innings.

Starter Jeremy Papelbon allowed two runs, one of which was unearned, on seven hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out four.

Alex Maestri hit a batter, but other than that was perfect in three innings of relief. He struck out two.

Jake Muyco pitched the tenth and got the win. He allowed a walk and a hit. He didn't strike out a Lookout.

Center fielder James Adduci went 3 for 5. Third baseman Jonathan Mota was 2 for 2 with a walk, a double and an RBI.

Tony Thomas led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, stole second base, was bunted over to third and scored the winning run on Blake Lalli's sacrifice fly.

Daytona Cubs

The D-Cubs split a double header with the Jupiter Hammerheads by identical 3-1 scores, losing the first and winning the second game.

Starter James Leverton had some control problems as he walked five Hammerheads in 4.1 innings while only striking out one. Leverton also gave up five hits and was very lucky to walk away with only two runs allowed.

The D-Cubs only had four hits in the first game.

In the second game, the Cubs went with the four relievers strategy. Normally a reliever, Craig Muschko started and threw three shutout innings, allowing only one hit. Muschko fanned two.

Dustin Sasser got the win with two innings of relief. He allowed an unearned run, but gave up no hits and no walks. Sasser struck out three.

David Cales recorded his sixth save for Daytona by getting two ground outs on the only two batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh.

In the second game, Jovan Rosa went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Nate Samson was 2 for 3.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs were beaten by the Kane County Cougars, 5-4.

Marcus Hatley got banged around for four runs in four plus innings. Hatley allowed six hits, walked two and struck out two. Hately's record dropped to 4-4.

Chris Siegfried was impressive in relief. He issued one intentional walk, but was otherwise perfect in two innings of relief, striking out five of the six batters he pitched to, not counting the intentional walk.

DH Josh Harrison was 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs scored. Center fielder David Macias was 2 for 4 with a run scored.