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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 21

Two days now and still no one has lost in the minors.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs made the Oklahoma City RedHawks blue, 8-5.

Iowa starter Jeff Samardzija topped Rich Harden in the battle of the 2009 Cubs. Samardzija got the win by pitching five innings and allowing two runs on four hits. One of the two runs was unearned. Samardzija walked three and struck out six. Samardzija improved his record to 7-1.

Brian Schlitter had a bit of difficulty in his rehab appearance. He only got one out while giving up a hit, a walk and an unearned run. He did have a strikeout.

Scott Maine collected his fourth save. Maine threw 1.2 innings and allowed three hits but no runs. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two.

Micah Hoffpauir extended the 2009 party by homering off of his former Cub teammate. The two-run homer was Hoffpauir's 13th homer of the year and his third in three games. Hoffpauir was 1 for 4.

Second baseman Bobby Scales showed his 2009 teammate no mercy as he hit a solo home run off of Harden as well. It was Scales fifth homer. Scales was 1 for 3 with a hit-by-pitch.

Shortstop Darwin Barney was 2 for 5 with three RBI. Right fielder Brad Snyder was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Third baseman Matt Camp was 3 for 4 with a double. He scored twice and knocked one in.

Tennessee Smokies

Counted the number of Waffle Houses they could see on the road from Knoxville to Jackson, MS. Last I heard, they were up over 100.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs cracked open the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 5-2.

Starter Brooks Raley dominated the Stone Crab hitters tonight, giving up only one run over seven innings. Raley surrendered five hits. He struck out eight and walked none as he collected his fifth win of the season.

Left fielder Smaily Borges was 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Right fielder Kyler Burke was 2 for 4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. Third baseman DJ LeMahieu went 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Catcher Michael Brenly extended his hitting streak to 20 games by going 1 for 4. Bob, I honestly wouldn't blame you if you decided to spend the rest of the season announcing the Daytona Cubs games. They've got to be more fun than that abomination this afternoon.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs smashed the Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 10-0.

Nick Struck got his fourth win with a six inning start tonight. He allowed only two hits. He walked two and struck out six.

Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee led the Chiefs attack tonight by going 4 for 5 with a triple and his first home run of the season. Lee scored twice. He hit the triple in the first inning and the solo home run in the second. He singled in his fourth at bat and then had two more plate appearances to get the cycle, but he singled and walked instead.

Left fielder Nelson Perez hit a three-run home run in the first inning, his fifth home run of the season. Perez went 2 for 5 with four RBI.

Second baseman Logan Watkins went 2 for 5 with a triple and an RBI. He scored twice. First baseman Justin Bour went 2 for 5 with a double. Bour also scored twice and knocked one in. Center fielder Francisco Guzman went 2 for 4 with a walk.

DH DJ Fitzgerald was 4 for 5 with a double and a run scored.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks cleaned up the Tri-City Dust Devils, 7-2.

Austin Kirk picked up the win with five shutout innings tonight. Kirk gave up three hits, walked one and struck out three.

Left fielder Matt Szczur got his average back over .400 by hitting 3 for 4 with a double. He scored twice and batted one in. It's clear to me that Szczur is too good for the Northwest League and he's probably wasting his time going back to Villanova this fall, at least as far as his professional career goes. I can understand the desire to get a degree and win another FCS championship, however.

Right fielder Alvaro Ramirez was also 3 for 4 with a double. He scored one.

First baseman Richard Jones and DH Chris Huseby were both 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Jones had two RBI to Huseby's one, however.

Jones was also named NWL Hitter of the Week, so congrats to him.

AZL Cubs

Day off.