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Cubs Minor League Wrap--August 5

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I think Geovany Soto is fine.

Iowa Cubs

The I-Cubs trumped the Reno Aces, 3-2.

Starter Esmailin Caridad went six innings tonight, allowing only two runs on three hits, including a solo home run. Caridad walked two and struck out an eye-popping twelve Aces. I don't know for sure, but I'm betting that's a career high for Caridad. I've been doing these wraps since before Caridad entered the Cub system, and I can't remember him ever having that many strikeouts.

Blake Parker was perfect in two innings of relief for his second win of the year when So Taguchi singled home Nate Spears to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. Parker struck out one.

Second baseman Matt Camp was 2 for 5

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies skinned the Carolina Mudcats, 8-6.

Casey Coleman improved his record to 11-5 tonight with three runs on five hits over 5.1 innings. Coleman gave up two home runs. He walked one and struck out three.

Alex Maestri entered the game with two one and one out in the ninth and nailed down his third save. He struck out the first batter, hit the second one and got the third one to ground out to the third baseman.

Catcher Geovany Soto homered again tonight in his rehab appearance. For the first time, he caught the entire game tonight and went 1 for 4 with a walk and two RBI.

Left fielder Ty Wright also homered for the eighth time tonight. Wright was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice and had two RBI.

Shortstop Starlin Castro was 2 for 5 with a run scored. Center fielder James Adduci was 2 for 5 with a run scored and a stolen base. First baseman Blake Lalli went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Daytona Cubs

The D-Cubs topped their arch-rival Brevard County Manatees, 6-3.

Starter Jay Jackson got the win with six solid innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits. Jackson walked one and struck out four.

Right fielder Brandon Guyer was 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored. Center fielder Tony Campana was 3 for 4 with, of course, a stolen base.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs were demoted by the Beloit Snappers, 7-1.

Starter Aaron Shafer only went three innings tonight, giving up seven runs on six hits He walked three and struck out five.

The Chiefs didn't get their first hit until the sixth inning tonight when catcher Mario Mercedes broke up the no-hitter.

Boise Hawks

The Hawks were beaten by the Everett Aqua Sox, 7-5.

Let's see. . .Daniel Keefe threw a nice 1.1 innings of relief after the game was already 7-5. Keefe allowed two hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three.

Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. Center fielder Jose Valdez had two stolen bases in a 1 for 4 night. Valdez also scored once. Third baseman George Matheus went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

First baseman Justin Bour hit his second home run for Boise tonight. Bour went 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Mariners, 4-3.

Just noticed that Larry Suarez got demoted to rookie ball while I was moving last week. He pitched again tonight and allowed two runs on four hits over three innings. Not good for your third year in the Arizona League.