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Cubs Minor League Wrap--July 18

And on this day, my little baby girl turned 18 months old. Everybody but Peoria got her a present.

Iowa Cubs

One run in the eighth and one run in the ninth and the I-Cubs drowned out the Nashville Sounds, 2-1.

Casey Fossum had his best start since joining the Cubs, allowing only one unearned run over six innings. He allowed five hits and only walked one batter while striking out five.

Blake Parker got the win in relief. He walked a batter with two outs, but otherwise had an uneventful inning.

Catcher Steve Clevenger was 2 for 4, including the walk-off single that scored John-Ford Griffin. Shortstop Matt Camp was 2 for 3 with a double and a steal of third base. He also scored the tying run in the eighth after a bunt single.

Aaron Miles played third base and was 1 for 3 with a walk and a double that scored Camp in the eighth inning. Miles also stole a base.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies scored five runs in the fourth inning to blot out the Jacksonville Suns, 5-4.

Whatever is going on in his personal life (he's had some cryptic Twitter posts), starter Jay Jackson picked up the win tonight by allowing two runs on five hits over five innings. The runs scored on a pair of solo home runs after Jackson already had a 5-0 lead. He walked four, which is disheartening but he struck out seven, which is, of course, encouraging.

Jake Muyco pitched a scoreless ninth inning and got his first save in AA this season. He allowed one hit and struck out one.

The Smokies pounded out three home runs in the fourth against Sean West, who pitching for the Florida Marlins just last week. Left fielder Ty Wright was first with his sixth home run of the season. Wright was 1 for 4 with a walk and the one RBI. Next up was right fielder Doug Deeds, who went back-to-back with Wright with his fourth homer for the Smokies. Deeds was 1 for 3 with two walks on the night. Finally after a walk, Welington Castillo pounded out a two-run home run, also his fourth. Castillo was 2 for 4.

Daytona Cubs

The D-Cubs blanked the St. Lucie Mets, 3-0.

Starter Chris Carpenter was stunning tonight, allowing only one hit over five innings. He walked three but struck out an eye-opening nine Mets.

Left fielder Tony Campana was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. Third baseman Josh Harrison was 2 for 3.

I don't usually talk about the players on the other team, but Mets starting pitcher Scott Moviel hit five Cub batters in his six innings pitched tonight. No, he wasn't ejected. Carpenter only hit one batter.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs were chainsawed by the Clinton Lumber Kings, 9-2.

Starter Chris Archer took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits over five innings. One of the runs was unearned. It was a good start for Archer though, as he only walked one batter and struck out five.

Alberto Cabrera gave up six runs, four of which were earned, in only 1.2 innings of relief.

First baseman Rebel Ridling was 3 for 4 with a double. Left fielder Derrick Fitzgerald hit his first home run for Peoria. He was 1 for 4 with the one RBI.

Boise Hawks

It's six out of seven for the Hawks as they successfully appeased the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 3-2 in 11 innings.

Starter Tarlandus Mitchell went 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits. Mitchell didn't walk a batter and struck out four.

Ryan Sontag got the win with two innings of hitless relief. He did walk two and struck out one.

Second baseman Logan Watkins was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Royals, 6-4.