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Cubs Minor League Wrap -- May 23

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In honor of the series finale of Lost tonight, I'll give you the final scores in the "sideways world" first. Iowa got blown out. They had 4 runs on 8 hits, losing to Colorado Springs who had 15 runs on 16 hits. The "sideways" I-Cubs record now stands at 23-42.

Back to the real world. People who don't watch Lost wont get today's wrap metaphors. It's one only day, you'll adjust. (By the way, all those numbers above have been retired by the Yankees.)

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs crashed the Colorado Sky Sox, 11-7.

Starting pitcher J.R. Mathes evened his record at 4-4 with six innings of work today. He allowed three runs on seven hits, including two home runs. Mathes walked one and struck out two.

Shortstop Darwin Barney is proving himself to be a worthy "candidate" (for PCL player of the month honors.) Today he went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Right fielder James Adducci went 3 for 4 with four RBI and a run scored.

Weighing the black and white stones, Bobby Scales was 2 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies were kept on the island by the Jacksonville Suns, 4-1.

Starter Hung-Wen Chen went six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits, but mostly on a three-run home run in the first inning. Chen walked two and struck out six.

Center fielder Tony Campana scored the lone Smokies run in a 2 for 4 game. Catcher Steve Clevenger was 2 for 4 with a double.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs played the Ft. Myers Miracle, and the Miracle couldn't get out of their wheelchair against the Cubs, 9-7.

Christopher Archer couldn't follow up on his outstanding last start. He lasted only 3.1 innings and allowed five runs on three hits and three walks. He struck out two.

Oswaldo Martinez relieved Archer and got the win despite allowing three inherited runners to score and one on his own. Martinez went 1.2 innings and gave up two hits and three walks. He struck out one.

Mike Perconte collected his second save with 1.1 shutout innings. Perconte allowed one hit. He struck out three and didn't walk anyone.

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu went 4 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice and had two RBI. LeMahieu also stole three bases. Third baseman Jake Opitz also had a four hit day. Opitz was 4 for 5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI.

Left fielder David Macias was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Shortstop Junior Lake went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Lake scored twice and had two RBI. He also scored two bases.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs locked the Quad City River Bandits down in the hatch, 6-5.

Robert Whitenack started and got the win today. He gave up three runs on three hits and three walks over six innings. Whitenack fanned two.

Jordan Latham saved his eighth game today with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. He gave up one hit, didn't walk anyone and struck out one.

Right fielder Nelson Perez went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI. Left fielder DJ Fitzgerald was 3 for 4 with a walk.

First baseman Justin Bour was 2 for 4 with a walk and three RBI. Third baseman Greg Rohan had a triple in a 2 for 5 outing. Rohan scored twice.

Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee was 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored. After a rough April, Lee is hitting .300 in May with a .385 OBP.