Iowa Cub catcher Welington Castillo was named PCL Batter of the Week. Castillo was 10 for 16 with three doubles, three home runs and twelve RBI.
The Iowa Cubs were atomized by the Albuquerque Isotopes, 4-3.
Starter Ramon Ortiz mostly tamed Isotopes Park today, but got the loss anyway. Ortiz pitched seven innings and allowed four runs, although only three were earned. He gave up only one home run among the seven hits he surrendered. Ortiz walked only one and struck out eight.
Right fielder Fernando Perez was 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored twice.
Third baseman Marquez Smith went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Center fielder Tyler Colvin was 2 for 5 with an RBI.
All-Star Break. Only ten Smokies were named to the North All-Star team, and even some of them won't make it because of injury.
The Daytona Cubs were shipwrecked by the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 3-1.
Angel Guzman started this game as a part of a rehab assignment, and he pitched 1.2 innings and allowed one unearned run. He gave up three hits and no walks. He struck out two.
Zac Rosscup didn't pitch poorly in relief, but took the loss anyway. Rosscup made one big mistake and it became a solo home run. He allowed just the one run on three hits over three innings. He did walk four and he struck out two.
Third baseman Rafael Valdes went 3 for 4 with a double. Left fielder Evan Crawford was 2 for 5 with an RBI.
Shotstop Logan Watkins was 0 for 1 and walked three times. He stole a base and scored the lone D-Cub run.
The Boise Hawks fell to the Eugene Emeralds, 9-4.
Starter Willington Cruz was pretty good in his US debut. He threw four shutout innings and allowed only four hits. He walked one and struck out seven.
Hector Mayora took the loss in relief. He gave up five runs on three hits and three walks in 1.2 innings. Only two of the five runs were earned, although really all five were unearned as an easy fly ball that would have been the third out was lost in the lights by Pin-Chieh Chen. Then an error by shortstop Wes Darvill opened up a five-run seventh inning. Mayora walked two.
Chen was 2 for 4 with a run scored and one batted in.
Second baseman Brad Zapenas hit two doubles in a 2 for 5 game. He had one RBI.
Right fielder Reggie Golden went 2 for 4 with a triple and he scored once. First baseman Chad Noble went 2 for 4.
The rookie league team started today. If you've followed me from past seasons, I don't do a big writeup of the rookie league. If something big happens, I'll mention it. Otherwise, I just provide the box score and let you check it out yourself.
The Cubs lost to the Giants, 8-5.