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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 23

Trey McNutt got the win for the Smokies in relief. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Trey McNutt got the win for the Smokies in relief. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were caged by the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros), 2-1.

Starter Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up a two-run double in the second inning to the opposing pitcher and that was all she wrote. Rowland-Smith got his fifth loss after he allowed the two runs on three hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Marcus Hatley tossed two perfect innings in relief of Rowland-Smith, striking out two. Jeff Beliveau struck out the side in a perfect eighth inning.

Left fielder Dave Sappelt, who has been most of the I-Cubs offense recently, was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies uncovered the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers), 5-4.

Starter Austin Kirk came within one out getting the win, but he finished with 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on four hits. He had some control issues as he walked five, but he did strike out six.

The win went to Trey McNutt, who pitched a perfect 1.1 innings. He did not have a strike out.

Brian Schlitter had two perfect innings of relief. He struck out three, all looking.

Frank Batista had a scary save after two one-out singles put runners on first and third with one out. But he got the final two outs without a run scoring for his 24th save. He threw one inning and gave up two hits and a walk. He struck out the final batter of the game looking on a 3-2 pitch.

First baseman Justin Bour went 2 for 4 with a double. He had one run batted in and scored once. Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha had a two-run double in the second inning. Ha was 1 for 3 with a run scored and a hit-by-pitch.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were shut out by the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), 3-0.

Robert Whitenack allowed three runs in the first inning and that was it for the scoring in the game. Whitenack pitched three innings and allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits. Whitenack didn't walk anyone and struck out two.

Kyler Burke faced nine hitters and retired them all. Burke struck out three.

The D-Cubs only had three hits. Second baseman Ronald Torreyes was 1 for 3 with a walk, but he also made the error that led to the two unearned runs in the first inning.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs toppled the Beloit Snappers (Twins), 6-1.

Michael Jensen threw six strong innings. He allowed only one run on two hits. Jensen didn't walk anyone and struck out four.

Jensen is probably done for the season and his first real professional season (he pitched 4.2 innings last year) he went 11-5 with a 3.47 ERA. He pitched exactly 140 innings and struck out 115 and walked 40.

Second baseman Zeke DeVoss went 3 for 4 with a solo home run in the third inning. It was his sixth of the season.

Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 2 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored twice and had two RBI.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks banished the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 11-5.

Hayden Simpson started and got his second Boise win and fourth overall. He went five innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Simpson struck out seven and walked two.

Brian Smith had two scoreless innings in his Boise debut.

Center fielder Albert Almora had a huge night. He hit two doubles in a 4 for 5 game. Almora scored three times and had two RBI.

Left fielder Trey Martin was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk. He scored once and had three runs batted in.

Catcher Willson Contreras was 3 for 5 and scored three runs and knocked one home. Second baseman Stephen Bruno was 2 for 5 with a double and a walk.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 5 with a double and a walk. He scored two runs.

Yakima lost, so the Hawks magic number fell to two with eight games to play.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Diamondbacks 14-9.