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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 15

Light schedule as we head into the All-Star Break. Both Daytona and Kane County broke streaks--that's good news for the Cougars and bad news for the D-Cubs. Boise wins their first ever game at Hillsboro.

Gioskar Amaya
Gioskar Amaya
Sue Skowronski

Iowa Cubs

All-Star Break

Tennessee Smokies

All-Star Break

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were hammered by the Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins), 8-4.

Daytona starter Zach Cates gave up a three-run home run in the top of the first inning and the Cubs never recovered. Cates took his seventh loss by giving up four runs on five hits over five innings. One of the four runs was unearned. Cates walked two and struck out two.

Center fielder Zeke DeVoss went 2 for 5 with a double and his fifth home run of the season, a solo home run to lead off the ninth inning. DeVoss had two total RBI.

DH Taiwan Easterling hit a two-run double as part of a three-run sixth inning. Easterling was 2 for 4 and scored on DeVoss's double.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars scored five runs in the seventh inning and ended their seven-game losing streak, 7-4 over the West Michigan Whitecaps. (Tigers)

Felix Pena started, but only got one inning in before a long rain delay. Pena allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits. He struck out one and didn't walk anybody, although he did hit a batter.

Nathan Dorris would get the win with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. He gave up three hits and two walks while he struck out two.

Michael Hamann entered the game when he relieved Dorris with one out and men on first and second in the eighth inning. He struck out both batters to end the inning. Hamann then pitched the ninth inning for his second Kane County save and fifth save overall. He hit the first batter in the ninth and then allowed a single to bring the tying run to the plate, but he got a line-out double play and a strikeout to end the game. So that's one hit over 1.2 innings with three strikeouts.

You can argue that Kane County should have scored more than seven runs, as they had 16 hits, five walks and West Michigan committed three errors. Kane County left 15 runners on base.

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya went 3 for 5 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored two runs.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach went 3 for 5 with a walk. Catcher Willson Contreras was 3 for 5 with a two-run triple in the seventh inning. Contreras scored twice.

Center fielder Albert Almora went 2 for 5 with a walk. He scored one run and knocked one in. DH Carlos Escobar went 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. He scored one run.

Boise Hawks

The quick Boise Hawks jumped over the lazy Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 7-4.

Duane Underwood got his first professional win tonight, allowing one run on eight hits over five innings. He walked two and had two wild pitches, one of which scored the only Hillsboro run in the second inning. Underwood struck out one.

Dillon Maples relieved Underwood in the sixth inning and walked all three batters he faced. He avoided allowing a run when Corbin Hoffner pitched out of the bases-loaded, no out jam without giving up any runs. He would go on to throw three innings of no-run, no hit baseball. The only baserunner he allowed was a hit batsman. Hoffner struck out two.

Catcher Justin Marra hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his second blast of the season. Marra was 1 for 3.

DH Jose Dore hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his second of the season. Dore also had an RBI double in a 2 for 4 game. He had three total RBI and one run scored.

Shortstop Carlos Penalver was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once. Shortstop Danny Lockhart was 2 for 5 with one run batted in and one scored.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Athletics, 8-4.

Josh Vitters was 1 for 3 with a double.