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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 31

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It's official: Al is no longer allowed to watch any Cub games. Instead, he will have to attend a concert by a former Beatle during every Cub game. Ringo Starr is going to need a restraining order.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 5-1.

Starting pitcher Jay Jackson went 4.1 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits. One of the five runs was unearned. Jackson walked four and struck out two as his record fell to 5-11.

Third baseman Ryan Flaherty was 1 for 4 with an RBI double in the ninth inning.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies vassalized the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 2-1.

Ryan Searle turned in a strong performance today, allowing but one run over 7.1 innings. He allowed seven hits, but he didn't walk anyone. Searle struck out seven Barons. Searle's record improved to 3-2.

Rafael Dolis got his tenth save, although he allowed two singles in the ninth. He was helped out when right fielder Jim Adduci threw out a runner going from first to third on the second single. He did not walk or strike anyone out in the inning he pitched.

Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs nailed the coffin on the Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins), 3-0.

More good pitching from the D-Cubs as Casey Harman shut out the Hammerheads for seven innings. He allowed six hits and walked one. Harman struck out four.

Fireman Frank Batista pitched the final two innings for his 21st save. He gave up one hit. He did not walk anyone, although he hit a batter, and he struck out one.

Shortstop Logan Watkins was 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

Left fielder Evan Crawford went 2 for 3 with a stolen base and a run scored.

Right fielder Greg Rohan was 2 for 4 with a run batted in.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs blew yet another save as they were cut down by the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners), 2-1 in eleven innings.

Austin Kirk was on his game tonight with six shutout innings. He surrendered only two hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out four.

Daniel Berlind got the first two outs in the eleventh inning, but then allowed two singles, hit a batter to load the bases and then gave up the game-ending two RBI single to take the loss. It was the 21st time the Chiefs have lost in their opponent's final at-bat.

Shortstop Elliot Soto was 3 for 4 with an RBI single that scored Richard Jones in the top of the eleventh. Right fielder Anthony Giansanti was 2 for 5.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks were soaked by the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 9-4.

Starting pitcher Austin Reed pitched five innings and allowed four runs on nine hits, although one of the four runs was unearned. Reed walked one and struck out two.

Second baseman Zeke DeVoss was 2 for 5 with an RBI double in the ninth inning.

Right fielder Jesus Morelli was 2 for 4 with a double. Third baseman Kenny Socorro went 2 for 4 and scored twice.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Royals, 7-2.