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Cubs Minor League Wrap -- June 3

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs split a double-header with the Round Rock Express, taking the first game 4-3 and dropping the second one 5-3.

In the first game, J.R. Mathes started and went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two.

John Gaub picked up the win with a shutout inning, although only because Sam Fuld threw out a runner at the plate. Gaub allowed two hits and a walk. He struck out two.

Brian Schlitter nailed down the save with a shutout seventh inning. Schlitter allowed one hit, no walks and he struck out one. It was his seventh save of the year.

Right fielder Brad Snyder hit his eighth home run of the season. It was a fifth inning solo blast. Snyder was 2 for 3 and scored twice.

In the second game, Thomas Diamond ran into gopher ball trouble early, allowing a three-run shot in the first and a solo blast in the second. After that he settled down, but the damage was done. Diamond went four innings and allowed four runs on four hits and three walks. He did strike out seven though.

Left fielder Bryan LaHair hit his fifth home run in game two. He was 1 for 3 with three RBI. First baseman Micah Hoffpauir was 2 for 3 with a double an a run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies choked the Birmingham Barons, 5-2.

Christopher Carpenter started and picked up the win, giving up two runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out two. Jeremy Papelbon pitched the final three innings for the save. He didn't give up a hit and only walked one. He struck out two.

Wow. Chris Carpenter and J. Papelbon did all the pitching for the Smokies tonight. That's some serious arms for AA.

DH Russell Canzler went 4 for 5 and scored twice. Left fielder Ty Wright was 2 for 3 with two walks and a run scored. Second baseman Tony Thomas was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs cracked open the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 6-3.

Christopher Archer has been very good lately and tonight was no exception. He improved his record to 3-1 by allowing only one run on four hits over five innings. Most promising for Archer was that he only walked one and struck out six.

Aaron Shafer entered the game with no one out and two on in the ninth and got the final three outs for his third save of the year. Shafer did allow one inherited runner to score but none of his own. He gave up one hit, walked no one and struck out one.

DH Smaily Borges hit a double and his third home run of the year in a 2 for 3 game. The home run was a three-run home run in the third inning. RIght fielder Kyler Burke was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs were prey for the South Bend Silver Hawks, 10-4.

Robert Whitenack started and got clubbed for four runs on six hits over five innings. Whitenack walked three and struck out three.

Second baseman Matt Cerda had a big night, going 4 for 4 with a triple and a walk. Cerda had two RBI and scored twice.

Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee went 2 for 5. Right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 4.