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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 20

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs fell to the Oklahoma City RedHawks, 11-10.

Starting pitcher Nick Struck went six innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Only one of the three runs were earned, however. Struck walked one and struck out four.

Carlton Smith, however, got hammered for six runs on four hits and a walk over only two-thirds of an inning. He did not have a strikeout. Two of the runs scored when Smith was relieved by Hung-Wen Chen, who is back from Mexico and gave up a three-run home run to the first batter he faced. It was Smith's first loss in the Cubs system.

Matt Spencer hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning for his first Iowa Cubs home run. He stayed in the game and struck out in the ninth inning to end the game.

Center fielder Brett Jackson was 3 for 5 with a double. He scored twice.

First baseman Scott Moore and second baseman Ryan Flaherty were both 2 for 4 with a walk. Moore scored twice and had one RBI. Flaherty scored once and had one RBI.

Third baseman DJ LeMahieu went 3 for 4 with a run batted in and one scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies completed a four-game sweep of the Jackson Generals, 7-4 in 11 innings.

Larry Suarez pitched the first five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. Suarez walked one and struck out three.

Oswaldo Martinez did not allow a run over the final two innings to get his fourth win. He allowed one hit but he did not walk anyone. He struck out one.

Ty Wright hit a pinch-hit bases-loaded double that plated three in the top of the eleventh inning that was the game-winning margin.

First baseman Rebel Ridling hit two solo home runs tonight to give him 19 this season. The first one was in the second inning and the second one was in the seventh. Ridling went 3 for 4 with a walk. He scored three times.

Shortstop Junior Lake also homered in the second inning with a man on. It was his sixth for the Smokies and twelfth overall. Lake was 1 for 3 with a walk and scored twice.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs got plopped on by the Dunedin Blue Jays, 8-5.

Jeff Lorick started and allowed three runs on three hits over three innings. One of the three runs was unearned. Lorick walked three and struck out two.

Brett Ebinger got the loss after giving up two unearned runs over 1.1 innings. Ebinger allowed three hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out one.

Justin Bour's solo home run in the second inning was his 22nd of the year. The first baseman was 2 for 5 and scored twice.

Second baseman Logan Watkins was 2 for 5 with an RBI. DH Jake Opitz went 3 for 4 with two RBI. Shortstop Elliot Soto was 3 for 4 and scored once.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs got lost in the cornfields against the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 6-2.

Brett Wallach started and got hit for five runs on four hits over 4.1 innings. He walked four and struck out two as his record fell to 0-3.

Third baseman Dustin Geiger hit a solo home run in the seventh inning; his first of the season for the Chiefs and third overall. Geiger went 1 for 4 and scored twice.

First baseman Richard Jones was 2 for 4 with a double.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks stopped the Spokane Indians, 7-3.

Starter Jose Rosario got the win after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings. One of the three runs was unearned. Rosario struck out five and did not walk anyone.

Joe Zeller got a three inning save. The only baserunner he allowed was via a ninth inning error. Zeller fanned three.

The Hawks hit three home runs tonight. Second baseman Brad Zapenas hit the first one in the second inning with a man on for his first professional home run. Zapenas wasw 1 for 4.

Ryan Cuneo hit his fourth home run of the season with a man on in the fourth inning. Cuneo went 2 for 5 with a double and three RBI.

Finally, third baseman Willson Contreras hit his first Hawks home run with the bases empty in the sixth. Contreras went 2 for 5 and scored three times.

Left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen hit two doubles in a 2 for 5 night. He had one RBI. Shortstop Wes Darvill went 2 for 4 with a walk and a double. He scored once.

Second baseman Zeke DeVoss was 0 for 1 with four walks and a stolen base.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Padres 7-3.

Rock Shoulders was 0 for 3 with an RBI.