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Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 24

Excellent pitching out of Iowa and Tennessee today. Especially the Smokies, who got the best start of Alberto Cabrera's career. Daytona staged a miraculous two out rally in the bottom of the ninth to send them to victory in extras.


Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs scored six runs in the eighth inning and went back into first place all by themselves with a 6-1 win over the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals).

Iowa Cubs starter Brooks Raley was excellent over seven shutout innings. He allowed four hits. Raley walked one and struck out four as he improved his record to 6-5.

Raley was matched frame for frame in this game by Redbirds starter Nick Additon. who allowed a two-out single to shortstop Donnie Murphy and then not another baserunner until the start of the eighth inning. But he was pulled after walking Dave Sappelt and Junior Lake to start the eighth. That led to a six-run eighth inning that was the difference.

Iowa would bat around in the eighth and Sappelt later in the inning had a two-run single. He was 1 for 3 with the walk and a run scored.

Murphy went 2 for 4. He had a two-out RBI single in the eighth and later scored on the Sappelt single.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies blew away the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 5-1.

This game was all about starter Alberto Cabrera, who was absolutely brilliant tonight. Cabrera struck out 13 Generals over his eight innings. Cabrera allowed three hits, including a solo home run in the second inning. Cabrera walked two.

Every run in this game scored on a home run. Two of them were hit by first baseman Justin Bour. Bour hit his first one in the fifth inning with the bases empty to give Tennessee a 2-1 lead. The second one gave the Smokies three big insurance runs in the eighth inning. Bour now has five home runs this year. He was 2 for 4.

The other run scored on a solo home run by shortstop Elliot Soto in the second inning. Soto was 1 for 2 with a walk.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs rallied and shot down the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 6-5 in 12 innings.

Pierce Johnson's High-A debut was solid tonight. Not great, but solid. He allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. The big blow was a two-run home run in the fourth. Johnson struck out six and walked two.

Luis Liria pitched the top of the 12th inning and got the win when the Cubs pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the inning. Liria allowed one hit. He didn't walk anyone and fanned one.

The Cubs trailed the Flying Tigers 5-2 with two outs and Chadd Krist on first in the bottom of the ninth. After Pin-Chieh Chen was hit by a pitch, John Andreoli and Zeke DeVoss hit back-to-back doubles to tie the score at five.

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the 12th when Krist reached first on a one-out error. After Wes Darvill struck out, Krist stole second, went to third on an infield single by Tim Saunders and scored on a game-winning single by Chen.

Krist was 1 for 5 with a walk and three runs scored. Chen was 2 for 5 with an RBI and one run scored.

Andreoli went 2 for 4 with that double and a walk. DeVoss went 1 for 4 with two walks.

Darvill went 3 for 6 and scored one run. Saunders was 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. Saunders had two RBI, including the game-winning single.

Kane County Cougars

Took the day off after coming home from Davenport.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks lost to the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 5-3 in 11 innings.

It was a much better second start for Trey Lang, especially since he had six wild pitches in his first one. Lang only pitched four innings, but he allowed two runs on only two hits. Lang walked three, struck out four and had no wild pitches.

Matt Iannazzo allowed a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the eleventh. He pitched 1.2 innings and allowed the two runs on three hits. He didn't walk anyone and he struck out one.

DH Jacob Hannemann doubled twice in a 3 for 6 game. Hannemann had one run batted in.

Shortstop Carlos Penalver was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored two runs. Third baseman Daniel Lockhart went 2 for 3.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Angels, 13-3.