In the first game, Brooks Raley got into trouble early, allowing two runs in the first and three in the third. He stayed in and pitched well after that, but the Cubs never caught up. Raley lasted six innings, allowing the five runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out five.
Most of the Cubs offense came from second baseman Logan Watkins, who had two triples in a 3 for 4 game. He scored after both triples.
In game two, three pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout. Starter Barret Loux gave up a single with two out in the second for the only hit. Loux went five innings and struck out five and walked only one.
Hisanori Takahashi got the win and Brian Schlitter the save. Each threw a shutout inning. Neither walked anyone and Schlitter struck out one.
The only run of this game was scored by Watkins, who singled and eventually came around to score on a two-out wild pitch. Watkins was 2 for 3 in this game.
Another strong start for Alberto Cabrera, who allowed one run on six hits over six innings for his sixth win. Cabrera walked three and fanned six.
Justin Bour returned to the Smokies lineup for the first time since April 19 and hit his third home run of the year. It came with the bases empty in the fifth inning. Bour was 1 for 5.
Earlier, third baseman Christian Villanueva broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning when he connected off Zach Lee for his sixth home run this season. It also was a solo home run. Villanueva was 2 for 4.
Second baseman Ronald Torreyes went 3 for 4 with a double. He knocked two runs in and scored once.
Catcher Rafael Lopez doubled twice in a 2 for 4 game. He scored after both doubles in the third and fourth innings.
Right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha played his first game since May 1. He was 1 for 5.
P.J. Francescon started and got his fifth win. He allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings. Francescon struck out four and didn't walk anyone.
Eduardo Figueroa entered the game in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a single to the first batter he faced. But he stranded him there as he retired the next three batters for his second save. Figueroa had one strikeout.
DH Ben Carhart hit his third home run this season with the bases empty in the sixth inning. Carhart was 3 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. He also stole a base.
Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was demoted from Tennessee to make room for Ha, but that's still one level above where he was when he started the season in Kane County. Chen was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Kane County Cougars
Still on the All-Star Break
The Boise Hawks capped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 5-1, for their 1st home win of the year.
It was a second great start by James Pugliese, who allowed only one run on three hits over five innings. The one run scored on an inside-the-park home run that got past center fielder Shawon Dunston that all three outfielders seemed to think the other two would get after it passed Dunston. Pugliese walked two and struck out four.
Corbin Hoffner pitched three innings without allowing a hit and Michael Hamman pitched the ninth without allowing a hit to close out the game. Hoffner walked one and struck out four whereas Hamman struck out one.
Left fielder Jose Dore was 1 for 3 with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly. Dunston was 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.