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Cubs Minor League Wrap: September 6

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Iowa Cubs

In case you didn't hear, the Iowa Cubs lost a heartbreaker to the the Memphis Redbirds, 7-6.

Jay Jackson started the game and got into trouble early, but settled down late. Overall, Jackson went 6 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. He walked four and struck out two.

Hung-Wen Chen pitched two innings and allowed only one hit. Unfortunately, that one hit was a solo home run that broke the tie in the top of the ninth. Chen did not have a walk or a strikeout.

Left fielder Jason Dubois almost singlehandedly kept the I-Cubs in this game with two solo home runs. Dubois was 2 for 3 with a walk. Dubois finished the season with 20 home runs and 88 in his Iowa career, two shy of the franchise record. If this was his last game with the I-Cubs, he went out in style.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos went 3 for 4 with two doubles, including a lead-off double in the bottom of the ninth. A bunt got him over to third base with one out, but pinch hitter Ty Wright struck out and third baseman Marquez Smith grounded out to end the game. (Sam Fuld walked in between those two batters.)

The Iowa Cubs finish the season at 82-62, tied for the best record in the Pacific Coast League. Unfortunately, they tied with Memphis for the best record, and Memphis gets the playoff spot based on the second tiebreaker, which is divisional record.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennesse Smokies set a franchise record for best overall record with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats.

Craig Muschko started and allowed only one run (on a solo home run) over five innings. Muschko surrendered five hits as he picked up his ninth win. Muschko didn't walk anyone and struck out three.

Esmailin Caridad pitched the ninth and got the save. (Yes, he's still down there on rehab.) He gave up one hit. He did not walk anyone and struck out one.

Center fielder Brandon Guyer finished his amazing second half by going 2 for 4 with his 13th home run of the season. It was a solo home run in the fifth inning. Guyer had two total RBI.

In the 46 games Guyer played since the All-Star break, he hit .424 with 7 home runs and 38 RBI. He scored 45 runs. His OBP was .459 and his SLG was .724.

Not to be completely forgotten, left fielder Brett Jackson was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. He's had a good season too.

The Smokies finish the year with an overall record of 86-53, which is the best overall record in franchise history, which was founded in 1972 as the Knoxville Sox. They won both haves of the season.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs finished their season on a high note with a 9-4 thumping of the Quad City River Bandits.

The Chiefs went with a College of Pitchers strategy today. Robinson Lopez started and pitched three innings without allowing a hit. He walked two and struck out two.

Because Lopez didn't go five, Yohan Gonzalez was awarded the win with his two innings of perfect relief. He struck out three.

Every Chief batter had at least one hit today and no one had more than two. Center fielder Anthony Giansanti went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and had one RBI. Third baseman George Matheus went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and one RBI.

The Chiefs finished the season with an overall record of 71-66, meaning all four full-season minor league teams finished the year with winning records.

And with that, we have our final Minor League Wrap of the season. It's been fun and it's been a great year for the Cubs minor league system. There are no games Tuesday or Wednesday, but I'll be back Thursday with "Tennessee Smokies Wrap" as they take on the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx in the first round of the Southern League Playoffs.

In a Southern League note, the Diamond Jaxx announced they will change their name to the Jackson Generals after the season. Hopefully, they only have three games left as the Diamond Jaxx.

See you all on Thursday. GO SMOKIES!