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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 1

Believe it or not, the Cubs four full season minor league teams are riding a combined 27 game winning streak. It's 29 if you add in Boise.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs rode a seven-run second inning to a 9-5 shellacking of the Oklahoma City RedHawks.

Starter Jay Jackson got the win despite a couple of shaky innings. Jackson pitched six innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out eight.

Right fielder Brad Snyder had hit home runs in the first two innings today. His first inning homer was a solo blast and his second inning one was a grand slam. Snyder also doubled in a 3 for 5 afternoon. Snyder just had the two runs scored and the five RBI.

Second baseman Matt Camp was 3 for 4 and scored once. Catcher Chris Robinson went 2 for 4 and scored once. DH Bryan LaHair was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

The win gives Iowa a 61-47 record, tied with Fresno for the best record in the PCL. However, they are only 1.5 games up on Memphis in their division.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies rebounded from committing four errors in the first inning to top the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, 6-4. The Smokies have now won four in a row.

Starter Rafael Dolis got through that first inning allowing only one unearned run, despite the four errors, including one of his own. Dolis lasted 3.1 innings and gave up two runs total. He allowed four hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Newly-acquired Kyle Smit went right to work and got his first win in the Cubs organization. Smit relieved Dolis and pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing only one hit. He did not walk anyone and struck out two. He did hit one batter though.

Marcos Mateo entered the game with one out in the ninth and a man on second and collected his fourth save. He gave up an infield single, but struck out the other two batters he faced to end the game.

Left fielder Brandon Guyer hit a three-run home run in the second inning. Guyer was 1 for 3 with the 3 RBI. DH Matt Spencer hit a two-run blast in the sixth. Spencer was 1 for 4.

First baseman Blake Lalli went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.

Daytona Cubs

The D-Cubs have won 13 in a row, and nothing in the Florida State League can stop them right now. Except for the rain, of course. Double-header tomorrow.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs scored nine runs in the first inning and won their seventh game in a row, beating the Beloit Snappers, 10-7.

Starter Marcus Hatley first appearance this season in the Midwest League was a short one. He was only scheduled to go an inning, but he didn't make it out of the first, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning. He was pitching with a nine-run lead though.

Nick Struck started his scheduled appearance an out early, but he pitched 4.1 innings to get the win. Struck allowed three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out one.

Ronny Moria pitched the final two innings for his third save. He gave up a hit and a walk, but no runs. Moria struck out one.

The Chiefs hit three home runs in that nine run first inning. The first one came from right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha. Ha's three-run homer was his fourth of the year. Overall, Ha was 3 for 5.

Right fielder Nelson Perez went back-to-back with Ha, hitting his seventh home run of the season. Perez was 1 for 5.

Finally, third baseman Matt Cerda hit a three-run home run the second time he came to the plate in the first inning. It was Cerda's third of the season. Cerda was 2 for 5 overall with four RBI.

Shorstop Hak-Ju Lee did not homer, but he did go 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. Lee scored twice and had one RBI. Lee also stole his 28th base of the season.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to hose the Vancouver Canadians, 6-5.

Austin Kirk started and pitched the first four innings of the game. Kirk allowed one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out an impressive seven Canadians.

Aaron Kurcz retired all four batters he faced to get the win in relief. He did allow an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch, however. Kurcz struck out one.

Right fielder Alvaro Ramirez was 3 for 4 with a walk. He scored once and batted one in. Second baseman Pierre LePage was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI. Left fielder Jesus Morelli was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Third baseman Dustin Harrington was 2 for 5 and scored the winning run when the catcher dropped the ball on a play at the plate on a single by shortstop Eliot Soto. Soto went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice. Soto also stole a base.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Athletics, 9-7.