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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 28

Lou Montanez hit a leadoff home run for the lone Iowa Cubs run today.
Lou Montanez hit a leadoff home run for the lone Iowa Cubs run today.

Let's go straight to the games.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs fell to the Oklahoma City RedHawks, 2-1.

Alberto Cabrera started and took the loss, although he only gave up two runs over six innings. Cabrera was tagged for eight hits including one solo home run. Cabrera walked two and struck out five.

Center fielder Lou Montanez led off the game with his seventh home run of the year. Montanez was 1 for 2 with a walk. Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez was 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were dissipated by the Jacksonville Suns, 6-2.

Ryan Searle got the start and allowed six runs on ten hits over 5.2 innings. Three of the six runs were considered unearned, however. Searle walked three and struck out three.

Left fielder Rebel Ridling was 2 for 4 with two doubles. He scored once.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were done in by the Dunedin Blue Jays, 10-5.

Starter Casey Harman pitched five innings and the first three batters of the sixth inning where Dunedin eventually scored six runs. Harman was charged with six runs on seven hits, although one of the runs was unearned. Harman did not issue a walk and struck out three.

Left fielder Evan Crawford was 3 for 5 and scored twice. DH Jake Opitz and catcher Michael Brenly were both 2 for 4 with a double. Opitz scored twice and Brenly had one RBI.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs caged the Kane County Cougars, 2-0.

Luis Liria and Yoannis Negrin combined to throw a one-hitter. Liria gave up the one single in the sixth inning. He pitched 6.2 innings and walked three and struck out three as he got his second win. Negrin was perfect over 2.1 innings as he got his first save. Negrin struck out one.

First baseman Richard Jones hit a solo home run in the fourth inning; his 23rd of the year. Jones was 1 for 4. Shortstop Kenny Soccoro was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks crushed the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 9-2 giving them their first series win at Salem-Keizer since 2002.

Ben Wells started and pitched 5.2 innings. He allowed only two unearned runs on seven hits. Wells walked no one and struck out five as he evened his record to 4-4.

Kyler Burke got his first professional save with 3.1 shutout innings. Burke allowed three hits. He issued one walk and struck out five.

The Hawks clubbed three home runs tonight. The first one came with the bases empty in the second inning by left fielder Oliver Zapata. It was Zapata's second home run of the year. Zapata went 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored twice.

The second home run came from right fielder Reggie Golden, which broke an 0 for 23 streak for him and was his fourth of the year. Golden's home run came with a man on in the sixth inning. Golden went 1 for 4.

The final home run came in the ninth inning with a man on by Minor League Wrap folk hero Paul Hoilman. Hoilman's blast was his 15th of the season, just one shy of Russ Canzler's Boise Hawks record. Hoilman also doubled in a 2 for 5 effort.

Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 2 for 3 with a triple and a walk. He scored once and hit two RBI. He also stole his 20th base of the season. Shortstop Wes Darvill went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and stole his seventh base of the season.

The Hawks have an off-day tomorrow as they come home for the final five game series of the year against the Vancouver Canadians. It's complicated, but as of now, the Hawks are tied with Spokane for the final playoff spot in the Northwest League. But all three teams in the East Division have a chance to get the second playoff spot after Tri-City.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Diamondbacks, 5-4.

Shortstop Javier Baez was 2 for 4 with two doubles and a steal of third base. He also made three errors.