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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 13

The Smokies made it six straight over Jackson with more excellent pitching. The D-Cubs didn't allow a run in either game of a double-header. Boise snaps their losing streak but the Cougars woes go on.


Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were blasted by the Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers), 9-7.

Chris Rusin started and allowed five runs on then hits over five innings. Two of those runs were unearned. Rusin walked one and struck out four.

Casey Coleman took the loss. He pitched the top of the ninth inning and allowed two run on three hits and two walks. He did not record a strikeout.

Second baseman Edgar Gonzalez, whom the Cubs re-signed earlier in the week, hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning to give Iowa an early 1-0 lead. Gonzalez also doubled in a 3 for 5 game. He scored two runs.

Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha hit his second home run for Iowa in the sixth inning with a man on. It was Ha's third overall home run. Ha was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Third baseman Junior Lake went a perfect 4 for 4 with a double. Lake scored twice and had one run batted in.

Right fielder Darnell McDonald was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored two runs and had one RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies shut out the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 5-0.

Kyle Hendricks got his ninth win, which ties him for the Southern League lead with four other pitchers, including teammate Alberto Cabrera. Hendricks allowed only one hit, a two-out double in the third. That was the only baserunner he allowed over five innings. Hendricks struck out four.

Shortstop Javier Baez put the Smokies in the lead for good with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. It was his second home run in as many days, his third with the Smokies and 20th overall. Baez was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Two batters later, third baseman Christian Villanueva hit a solo home run to make it 3-0. It was Villanueva's 12th home run. He was 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.

In the third inning, John Andreoli hit a solo home run, his first of the year. Andreoli went 2 for 5 with two RBI.

Right fielder Matt Szczur had three hits, which made him the second hitter in the Southern League to tally 100 hits this year. He now has 101. Szczur was 3 for 5 and scored on Baez's home run.

Second baseman Nate Samson was 3 for 4 with a double. He scored once.

The Smokies have now won the first six games in the seven game series with Jackson. They have allowed a total of six runs in those six games.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs shut out the Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) twice, 8-0 and 2-0.

In the first game, Ivan Pineyro pitched five scoreless innings in his Cubs debut, allowing five hits. He struck out three and walked only one as he got his seventh win of the season, and first with the Cubs, of course.

Shortstop Elliot Soto plated the first run of the game with an RBI double in the third inning. He was 1 for 3 with two RBI.

Second baseman Wes Darvill was 2 for 4 with RBI singles in both the third and fourth innings.

In the second game, Matt Loosen threw his second straight complete game shutout. This one wasn't as good as his last one, the nine inning no-hitter, but he did allow just four hits in this seven-inning shutout. Loosen walked one and struck out four. He has not allowed a run in his past three starts.

All the scoring in game two came on a two-run home run by Chadd Krist in the fourth inning. Krist was 1 for 3 and it was his second home run this season.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars lost their sixth straight game, 9-1 to the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers).

Another rough start for Tayler Scott, who gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings. However, thanks to two errors by shortstop Marco Hernandez, only one of the six runs was earned. Scott walked one and struck out one as his record dropped to 4-5.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach gave Kane County a short-lived lead in the top of the first with a home run, his 14th of the season. Vogelbach went 1 for 2 with two walks.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks hung on to beat the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 5-4.

Dae-Eun Rhee went five innings for the first time this season in a rehab start. He gave up two hits but no runs. Rhee struck out five and walked nobody.

The Hawks had a 5-0 lead going to the bottom of the ninth, but Loiger Padron, who hadn't allowed a run in the previous three innings, allowed the first two batters to reach on a single and a walk, before exiting.

The Canadians loaded the bases when the only batter Matt Iannazzo faced singled when center fielder Shawon Dunston lost the ball in the lights. Iannazzo then exited for Tyler Bremer, who allowed a double and a single to the first two batters he faced to make it 5-4. Then Bremer settled down and got a ground out and two strikeouts to end the game and get his third save.

First baseman Jacob Rogers doubled twice in a 3 for 5 game. He had one RBI and one run scored.

Third baseman Jordan Hankins was 3 for 4 with a double. He scored one run.

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