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Cubs Minor League Wrap -- August 23

Iowa Cubs (65-64)

The Iowa Cubs split a double-header with the New Orleans Zephrys, losing the first one, 6-0 and then taking the second one, 2-1.

Jeff Samardzija started and lost the first game. Samardzija threw four innings and gave up six runs, four earned and two unearned, on eight hits. Two of the hits were home runs. The Shark walked one and struck out four.

The I-Cubs only had four hits in Game 1.

They only managed six hits in game two, but that was enough as Casey Fossum dominated the Zephyrs tonight for five shutout innings. Fossum gave up a leadoff double to start the game, and then proceeded to retire 15 batters in a row. Fossum struck out eight.

Blake Parker pitched the ninth inning and got save number 18. He walked one batter but otherwise struck out the other three Zephyrs.

Left fielder John-Ford Griffin was 2 for 2 with a double and both I-Cub RBI. He also walked once.

Tennessee Smokies (30-27)

The Smokies moved back into a tie for first place with a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Mudcats.

Jeremy Papelbon was impressive in his start today. He picked up his fifth win by pitching five shutout innings. He gave up four hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out four. David Cales got his first save with the Smokies (15th overall) with 1.1 innings of relief. He didn't allow any runs but allowed two hits in the ninth before pitching out of trouble. Cales fanned one.

Shortstop Starlin Castro went 2 for 5 with a double He scored once. First baseman Blake Lalli was 2 for 5 with an RBI. Outfielder Doug Deeds had two doubles in a 2 for 4 game. Deeds also scored once.

Daytona Cubs (24-31)

Daytona beat up the Brevard County Manatees, 11-2.

Rafael Dolis started and picked up the win. He allowed one run on five hits over five innings. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one

The D-Cubs banged out 16 hits today. Right fielder Brandon Guyer had 3 hits in 5 ABs. He scored twice and had two RBI. Center fielder Tony Campana was 3 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored. Campana also had one RBI.

Left fielder Jonathan Wyatt was 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Second baseman Nate Samson went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI.

DH Jericho Jones was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. Catcher Mark Reed went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Peoria Chiefs (34-21)

The Chiefs finally lost one tonight as they were cut down to size by the Clinton LumberKings, 4-1.

Starter Justin Bristow went five innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out five.

Third baseman Ryan Flaherty was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI. First baseman Rebel Ridling was just 2 for 5.

Both right fielder Kyler Burke and DH Nelson Perez were 2 for 3 with a walk.

Boise Hawks (30-32)

The Hawks spanked the Spokane Indians, 4-3.

Corey Martin was awarded the win in relief since the starting pitcher, Christopher Rusin, didn't go five innings. In this case, however, the win was well-deserved as Martin pitched the final three innings without allowing a run. Martin gave up one hit and issued one walk. Martin struck out two.

The following six Hawks went 2 for 4: Second baseman Logan Watkins, third baseman Greg Rohan, left fielder Robert Wagner, catcher Richard Jones, DH Derrick Fitzgerald and shortstop George Matheus, Wagner and Watkins both had one double as one of their two hits. Watkins also stole a base.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Brewers 9-6.