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Cubs Minor League Wrap -- July 4

You know, I thought that putrid odor in the air here in Boise was from all the fireworks going off. Nope, it's just the Hawks!

Good news is that the help for the Hawks arrived today with Brett Jackson's arrival from Arizona.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs blew past the New Orleans Zephyrs, 7-4.

Esmailin Caridad improved his record to 4-9 with 6.1 innings pitched, allowing four runs, all of which scored on a pair of home runs. Caridad allowed six hits and three walks total while striking out six.

Blake Parker pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. Parker didn't allow a hit. He walked one and struck out two.

Nate Spears hit his first home run of the season tonight in a 2 for 4 game. It was a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Spears also walked once.

Right fielder So Taguchi went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored twice. Catcher Chris Robinson was also 2 for 4. Robinson scored once and had one RBI.

Shortstop Darwin Barney and left fielder John-Ford Griffin were both 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies cooked the Carolina Mudcats, 7-4.

Andrew Cashner's AA debut was quite a successful one tonight. He went five innings and allowed only one run on three hits. Cashner struck out six and didn't walk anyone. He went 1 for 2 with the bat as well. I'm assuming that's his first professional hit since the other leagues he's played in are DH-only leagues.

Jayson Ruhlman was called in to get the final out for his second save. He did hit a batter before ending the game.

Third baseman Marquez Smith had two doubles in a 3 for 5 evening. Smith scored three times.

Left fielder Ty Wright was 2 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI. Center fielder James Adduci was 2 for 5 with a double and one RBI. Shortstop Jonathan Mota was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored once and had one RBI.

Daytona Cubs

The D-Cubs harpooned the Brevard County Manatees, 4-1.

Dan McDaniel evened his record at 5-5 with five innings, allowing only one run on four hits. McDaniel walked two and struck out seven.

David Cales got his tenth save with 1.1 innings of relief. He allowed one hit and struck out one.

Center fielder Tony Campana went 3 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Shortstop Starlin Castro went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Center fielder Brandon Guyer went 2 for 5 with a stolen base and an RBI.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs were bitten by the Beloit Snappers, 4-1.

Aaron Shafer took the loss, allowing four runs over his four inning start. Only one of the four runs was earned, however. Shafer surrendered six hits and one walk while striking out two.

Shortstop Junior Lake was 2 for 4.

Boise Hawks

The Hawks were shut out again, this time by the Eugene Emeralds, 8-0.

Jeffry Antigua had a good start tonight, throwing five shutout innings. He allowed only one hit while walking two and striking out four.

Josh Whitlock relieved him and unfortunately made a strong case for his release. Whitlock allowed eight runs on seven hits, two of which were home runs, in only 1.1 innings of work. Whitlock also walked two.

Center fielder Brett Jackson was 1 for 4 in his Boise debut.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Rangers, 7-5.

DH Justin Bour was 3 for 3 with two walks and a grand slam home run. He also stole a base.