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Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 17

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were dropped by the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 7-5 in eleven innings.

Ramon Ortiz's second start wasn't as good as his first one as he gave up three runs on seven hits over three innings. The positive note was that he only walked one and struck out four.

Esmailin Caridad pitched the eleventh inning and got the loss when he gave up two runs, one of which was unearned after a Matt Camp error. Caridad allowed one hit, he walked one and and he hit the leadoff batter in the inning.

First baseman Bryan LaHair hit two home runs today to give him four on the young season. The first blast was in the sixth inning with the bases empty and the second one was an inning later with two men on base. LaHair was 3 for 5 with a walk and five total RBI for the game.

Catcher Chris Robinson was 2 for 5 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were baked by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 13-3.

Starter Brooks Raley got battered for six runs on seven hits, including two home runs, over five innings. Only two of the six runs were considered earned, however. Raley walked only one and he struck out six.

Center fielder James Adduci was 2 for 4 with two RBI and one run scored.

Brett Jackson was 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to ten games.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs topped the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), 3-1.

Robert Whitenack continues his strong start to the new season by going six strong and picking up his second win. He allowed only one unearned run on three hits. Whitenack walked one and struck out three.

Frank Batista got his second save by pitching a perfect ninth. Batista had one strike out.

Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs split a double-header with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), winning game one 7-6 and dropping the second one 2-1.

Game one starter Cam Greathouse pitched 4.1 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He walked two and fanned three.

Marcus Hatley got the win by pitching the sixth and seventh inning without allowing a hit or a run. He did walk one and hit one batter. Hatley struck out three.

Infielder Arismendy Alcantara was 2 for 3 with his first home run of the season. It was a solo home run in the fifth inning. Alcantara scored twice. He did not play in game two.

Right fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 3 with a double. Silva batted two runs in and scored once. Silva went 0 for 3 in game two.

DH Smaily Borges went 2 for 4 with double in game one and 1 for 2 with a walk in game two.

Finally, catcher Micah Gibbs was 2 for 2 with two walks in game one with one RBI.

In game two, Graham Hicks had a great start with six shutout innings. He allowed only four hits and no walks. He struck out four.

Eduardo Figueroa blew the save in the bottom of the seventh inning when he allowed a walk and a walk-off home run. He retired one batter who sacrificed after the leadoff walk.

The Chiefs only had three hits in game two.