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Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 25

The Iowa Cubs are finally starting to click as they've now won six of seven. The Cougars swept a double header behind Almora and Shoulders. Daytona got out to a big lead and hung on to win.

Rock Shoulders
Rock Shoulders
Courtesy of Kane County Cougars

Have a good Memorial Day weekend everyone.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs caged the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros), 7-3.

Brooks Raley started, pitched 6.1 innings and got the win. He allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits. Raley walked three and struck out six.

Casey Coleman got his first save with 2.2 scoreless no-hit innings. Coleman walked one and struck out one.

Shortstop Edwin Maysonet hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. It was his third this season. Maysonet was 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Catcher Luis Flores was perfect at the plate. He had two doubles and two walks in a 2 for 2 game. Flores scored once and had two batted in.

Right fielder Brian Bogusevic was 3 for 5 with a run batted in. DH Brad Nelson was 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were dissipated by the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 7-2.

Alberto Cabrera started and got his second loss. Cabrera allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out seven.

Both Smokies runs scored on a home run in the fifth inning by second baseman Arismendy Alcantara. It was his seventh of the season. He was 1 for 4.

The Smokies only managed three hits in this game.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs hung on to defeat the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 5-4.

It was a good start for Kyler Burke as he got his first win of the season. He pitched five shutout innings, allowing only one hit. He walked two and struck out two.

The Cubs had a 5-1 lead going into the top of the ninth and almost blew it. Hunter Cervenka had retired all five batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings, but when he came out in the ninth, he walked two batters and gave up two singles without retiring anyone. He exited with the score 5-2 and the bases loaded.

Then Luis Liria came in and got three outs to get his second save, but not before allowing two more runs to score on a single and a bases-loaded walk. Liria didn't allow a run of his own, however, and that was the difference. Liria struck out one.

All five Daytona runs scored in the second inning. Second baseman Tim Saunders hit a three-run home run in the second inning, his first of the year. Saunders was 2 for 3.

The other two runs scored on a two-run single by DH Taiwan Easterling. Easterling was 1 for 3 and scored on the Saunders home run.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars swept a double-header from the Beloit Snappers (Athletics), 4-3 and 7-4.

Jose Rosario started the first game. He gave up three runs on five hits over 4.1 innings. One of the three runs was unearned. Rosario walked three and struck out one.

Nathan Dorris pitched the final 2.2 innings without allowing a run and got the win. He gave up two hits. He struck out three and didn't walk anyone.

Kane County scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh when center fielder Albert Almora led off the inning with a single and first baseman Dan Vogelbach doubled, putting runners on second and third with no outs. After an intentional walk, DH Bijan Rademacher ended the game with a sacrifice fly.

Almora continued his awesome start to the season by going 3 for 4 with two doubles in game one. He scored two runs and had two batted in. Vogelbach was 2 for 3 with the double and a walk. Rademacher was 0 for 3.

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya went 2 for 3.

In game two, starter Brian Smith allowed four runs on only three hits over four innings. But that can happen when two of the three hits allowed were home runs. Smith walked two and struck out two.

Ian Dickson pitched three scoreless innings and got the win because Smith didn't go five. Dickson earned it, however, as he only allowed one hit. He walked one and struck out four.

First baseman Rock Shoulders had cooled off lately, but he came back in a big way in game two with two home runs, giving him 12 on the season and the Midwest League lead. The first one was a solo home run in the third inning and the second was with a man on in the fifth. Shoulders was 2 for 3.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 2 with a double and a walk. He scored once and stole a base.

Center fielder Almora was only 1 for 3 with a hit by pitch and a run scored, but that extended his hitting streak to start his season to five.