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Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 8

Anthony Rizzo snapped out of his homer drought with a pair of home runs tonight.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Anthony Rizzo snapped out of his homer drought with a pair of home runs tonight. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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Congratulations to Peoria Chiefs first baseman Paul Hoilman, who singled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, which ties the Peoria franchise record. Hoilman was 1 for 5 with an RBI ground out.

I am planning on attending tomorrow night's I-Cubs game in Fresno. This means tomorrow night's wrap is going to be really, really late. It's possible it won't get done until Thursday morning. But I will be trying to tweet from the game, so if you want updates, you can follow me on twitter. I assume most of you that care already do.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs proved they were the bigger bear to the Fresno Grizzlies (Giants), 13-2.

Chris Rusin got the win by allowing only one run over six innings. The one run scored on a fifth-inning home run when the I-Cubs already led 9-0. He surrendered three total hits. He walked two and struck out five as he improved his record to 3-2.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo had not hit a home run since April 19, but tonight he blasted not one, but two three-run home runs. The first was in the first inning to give Iowa a 3-0 lead and the second one was in the sixth inning to spread the lead to 12-1. Rizzo was 2 for 5 with the six RBI. He now has nine home runs for Iowa this season.

Third baseman Josh Vitters went back-to-back with Rizzo in the sixth inning to give the Cubs their 13th and final run. It was Vitters' second home run this year. Vitters was 3 for 5 with a double and four RBI. He scored twice.

Right fielder Alfredo Amezaga went 3 for 5. He scored three times and had one RBI. Second baseman Luis Valbuena was also 3 for 5. He scored twice.

Shortstop Matt Tobert was 2 for 5.

Center fielder Brett Jackson had two walks and a triple. He had three official at-bats. Jackson scored three times and stole a base.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were smote by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 6-3.

Starting pitcher Trey McNutt took the loss after giving up four runs on five hits over three innings. One of the four runs was unearned. McNutt walked one and struck out one.

First baseman Justin Bour hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. It was his fifth home run of the year. Bour was 1 for 5 on the night.

Catcher Luis Flores was 3 for 4 with an RBI double in the eighth inning. Right fielder Jim Adduci was 2 for 4 with a double. Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored on Bour's home run.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs cracked the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays), 12-4 for their fourth win in a row.

Starter Matt Loosen got the win. He pitched five innings and allowed one run on four hits. Loosen walked two and struck out four.

Hayden Simpson entered the game with a ten-run lead and got the save because he pitched the final four innings. He got into trouble in the ninth inning but otherwise pitched well. Simpson allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Second baseman Rubi Silva hit a three-run home run as a part of an eight-run second inning. It was Silva's second home run of the season. Silva was 2 for 6 and scored twice.

DH Nelson Perez was 2 for 4 with a run scored. First baseman Richard Jones was 2 for 4. He scored twice and batted two in. Left fielder John Andreoli went 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored twice.

Every Daytona starter had at least one hit.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs incarcerated the Quad City River Bandits (Cardinals), 7-2.

Jose Rosario pitched the first five innings and took the win. He allowed two runs on ten hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out five.

Luis Liria and Charles Thomas both threw two shutout innings of relief to finish out the game.

Center fielder Taiwan Easterling was 2 for 6. He drove home three runs on the two singles.

Third baseman Wes Darvill was 2 for 5 with a triple. Second baseman Brad Zapenas was 2 for 4 with a walk. Zapenas scored twice.