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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 24

Wherever he's played in the minors, Jae-Hoon Ha has been a fan favorite. Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Wherever he's played in the minors, Jae-Hoon Ha has been a fan favorite. Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

According to Baseball America, the Cubs and Kane County are being investigated for tampering by Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Connor. The Cubs could be fined a half a million dollars and Kane County could be fined one hundred grand.

As the author of the linked article, Josh Leventhal, wrote, "The first rule of affiliation shuffle is you don't talk about affiliation shuffle."

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs did OK against the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros), 5-3.

Yoanner Negrin threw the first six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Jay Jackson relieved Negrin, pitched one scoreless inning and got the win. He didn't allow any hits but he did walk one. He did not have a strike out.

Jairo Asencio pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save. He struck out two.

Second baseman Adrian Cardenas hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, his third of the season. Cardenas was 1 for 4 with two runs batted in.

Left fielder Jeff Frazier was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and knocked one home.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies won the battle of the Southern League bear mascots, beating the Mobile Bay Bears (Diamondbacks), 11-5.

Dallas Beeler is not going to brag about his start tonight, but he did finish the night with his fifth victory. Beeler threw five innings and allowed five runs on five hits. Beeler walked two and struck out two.

The Smokies won courtesy of a seven-run third inning in which all seven runs scored after Mobile retired the first two Tennessee hitters. Shortstop Junior Lake hit a three-run HR in that inning to put the Smokies up for good. It was Lake's ninth home run. Lake was 1 for 5.

Left fielder Rubi Silva went back-to-back with Lake in the third for his first Smokies home run and fourth overall. Silva was 2 for 5 with two runs batted in.

The Smokies got one more home run in the fourth inning when center fielder Matt Szczur lead off the inning with his fourth home run and second for the Smokies. Szczur went 2 for 4 with a walk and he scored three times.

Right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha had two doubles in a 2 for 5 night. He scored once and had three runs batted in. Second baseman Logan Watkins was 3 for 5 with a double. He scored two runs and had one batted in.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs split a double-header with the Tampa Yankees, losing game one 11-5 and taking the second one 4-3.

Game one was the continuation of a game from Sunday that lasted one inning before the rains came, so the D-Cubs batted last despite the game being played in Tampa. Matt Loosen pitched the first 3.1 innings (one on Sunday and 2.1 tonight) and took the loss after allowing eight runs on five hits. Loosen walked six and struck out seven.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored two runs. Right fielder Elieser Bonne was 2 for 3 with a double.

In the second game, Kyle Hendricks got his first Cubs win. He pitched five innings and surrendered two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out three.

A.J. Morris pitched the final two innings for his fifth save. He gave up a run on four hits. He struck out two and didn't walk anyone.

Christian Villanueva homered in the second game. The solo home run in the sixth inning was his third Cubs home run and thirteenth overall. Villaneuva was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Center fielder John Andreoli was 2 for 4 in game two. He was 1 for 3 with a walk and two RBI in the first game.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs were bitten by the Beloit Snappers (Twins), 8-2.

Starter Yao-Lin Wang allowed more than two runs in a start for the first time this season. He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed six runs on ten hits, although two of those runs were unearned. Wang walked four and struck out four.

DH Dustin Geiger homered with a man on in the fourth inning. Geiger now has seventeen home runs this season. Geiger went 2 for 3 with a walk.

Catcher Chadd Krist went 2 for 4 with a double.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks blew a 6-0 lead and lost to the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 7-6.

Tayler Scott pitched the first five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. He walked four and struck out three.

Rafael Diplan gave up a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give Vancouver the lead and take the loss. Diplan pitched three innings and gave up two total hits. One of the two runs was unearned although it was Diplan's own error. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one.

Boise scored all six runs in the second inning when the first six hitters all reached base and eventually came around to score. Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 3 for 4 and scored a run. Center fielder Albert Almora was 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario broke an 0 for 22 streak in his 2 for 4 afternoon.

AZL Cubs

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