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Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 25

A light schedule today as Iowa was off and Daytona rained out. The Smokies won behind Kyle Hendricks, who continues to be unhittable at home. Kane County dropped their sixth in a row and Boise split their first two games ever against the Hillsboro Hops.

Gioskar Amaya
Gioskar Amaya
Sue Skowronski

Light night tonight.

Iowa Cubs


Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies overran the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 6-0.

I wrote this on Twitter, but there is something about Smokies Park that turns Kyle Hendricks into Greg Maddux. Tonight he dominated the Generals for his eighth win against only two losses. Hendricks threw eight innings and allowed five hits, three of which were one-out singles in the eighth inning, but Hendricks escaped the jam with a double play. Hendricks struck out six and walked only one.

Hendricks's ERA in seven starts at Smokies Park is 0.38. On the road over eight starts, it's 4.15.

It must have been "Ryan Dempster Trade Day" at Smokies Park as Christian Villanueva hit a two-run home run in the second inning. It was his eighth if the year and second in as many nights. Villanueva was 2 for 4.

Catcher Rafael Lopez went 2 for 4 and scored once.

Daytona Cubs

Rained out. It's not even August yet.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars dropped their sixth game in a row, 5-4 to the Beloit Snappers (Athletics).

Jose Rosario started and took the loss. Rosario pitched 3.2 innings and allowed four runs on three hits. Control was an issue as he walked four and had four wild pitches. Rosario struck out one.

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya homered in the second inning. The solo home run was his third of the season. Amaya went 2 for 4.

DH Dan Vogelbach went 4 for 4 with a double and a walk. Right fielder Bijan Rademacher went 2 for 5 with an RBI. Shortstop Brad Zapenas was 2 for 3 with a double. He scored once and had one run batted in.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks split a doubleheader with the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), winning game one 4-3 and dropping the second, 3-2.

In the first game, James Pugliese pitched the first five innings, allowing three runs on five hits. One of the three runs was unearned. Pugliese walked two and struck out four.

Carlos Martinez-Pumarino pitched the final two innings without allowing a run or a hit for the win. He did walke one and he struck out one.

Boise trailed this game 3-2 going to the bottom of the seventh inning. After second baseman David Bote was hit by a pitch, a single by shortstop Carlos Penalver put runners on the corners. Then center fielder Jacob Hannemann laid down a bunt single that scored Bote and Penalver came around to score from first after a throwing error by the Hillsboro third baseman.

Bote was 1 for 2. Penalver went 1 for 3 with an RBI groundout. Hannemann went 2 for 4 and scored one run.

Paul Blackburn took the mound to start game two and got his first loss of the season, but it wasn't really his fault after he allowed three unearned runs in the fourth inning. Blackburn pitched five innings and surrendered four hits and those three unearned runs. He struck out eight and walked only one.

Second baseman David Bote was 3 for 4 with a run scored. Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert doubled Bote home in the third inning. He was 1 for 2 and scored the other Boise run.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Athletics, 6-5.