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Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 19

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When the fans in Daytona Beach yell "Ha! Ha! Ha!", they aren't laughing at the D-Cubs.

Iowa Cubs and Peoria Chiefs

Both were rained out. Iowa was home and the Chiefs are at Quad Cities. They'll both try to play double-headers tomorrow.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies battered the Carolina Mudcats, 6-2.

Rafael Dolis was pulled after 3.2 innings with an apparent back injury. He was apparently hitting 96 before he got pulled, so it wasn't affecting his velocity. It might have affected his control, however, as he walked three. But he did not allow a hit and struck out three.

Ty'Relle Harris relieved Dolis and got the win after going 3.2 innings and allowing one run on a solo home run and four hits total. Harris walked one and struck out one.

David Cales entered the game with two out and the bases loaded in the ninth inning. He got a deep fly out to end the game and collect his fifth save.

Second baseman Nate Samson had two doubles and a HBP in a 2 for 3 game. He scored once and had an RBI.

Left fielder Rebel Ridling hit 2 for 5 with an RBI. Center fielder Brett Jackson is taking to the leadoff spot, as this article notes. He was 0 for 1 tonight, but he walked twice and got hit by a pitch. He also stole a base. and scored once.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs sunk their teeth into the Clearwater Threshers, 4-3.

Starting pitcher Aaron Kurcz allowed all three runs on six hits over four innings. Kurcz walked three and struck out three.

Jeffrey Lorick got his second win of the year in relief because Kurcz didn't go five. But he earned it since he was pretty darn good. He pitched 2.2 innings and allowed but one hit. Lorick didn't walk anyone and struck out three.

Frank Batista pitched a perfect ninth for his third save. He did not have a strikeout.

Right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha hit his second home run in as many nights tonight. It was a solo shot in the second inning. Overall, Ha went 4 for 5 to raise his average for the season to .415. And he's only 20.

DH Welington Castillo was 2 for 3 with two doubles and a walk. He scored once. Left fielder Michael Burgess was 2 for 3 with one double and a walk. Burgess scored twice and had one RBI.