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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 19

The Boise Hawks won their 7th straight game for the first time since 2004. Josh Vitters homers in his first game back with Iowa. Rhee gives up two home runs to the first two batters he faced back with Tennessee, but he settled down and the Smokies won in extras. The rain continues in Florida and they wish the rain came earlier in Kane County.

Josh Vitters
Josh Vitters

My laptop crapped out on me. Luckily my wife has one. Still, it's a pain. I would have used a picture of Cael Brockmeyer, but it's on my laptop at the moment.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were run over by the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 10-4.

Brooks Raley was good the first four innings, but then he didn't get out of a five-run fifth inning. Raley allowed five runs on six hits over 4.2 innings. He walked three and didn't strike out anyone.

Third baseman Josh Vitters hit a two-run home run in his first game back off the disabled list. Vitters was 2 for 4. The home run came in the sixth inning to cut Round Rock's lead at the time to 5-4. It was his fourth home run this season.

Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 4 with a run batted in. DH Edgar Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs batted in.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies clouded over the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 3-2 in ten innings.

In his first game off the disabled list, starting pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee gave up home runs to the first two batters he faced--Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick. (OK, that's a rough first two batters) He settled down after that and didn't allow another run over his 3.2 innings. He gave up five hits, but no walks. Rhee fanned three.

The Smokies only allowed two more hits the rest of the way. Yeiper Castillo allowed both of them in his 3.1 innings of relief. Castillo struck out five and walked two. Then Tony Zych pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out one.

Zach Rosscup would pitch the rest of the way to collect his second win of the season. Rosscup threw two innings without allowing a hit, although he did walk one. Rosscup struck out two.

The game ended in the bottom of the tenth when Matt Szczur walked with two outs and second baseman Arismendy Alcantara doubled him home. Szczur was 0 for 4 and Alcantara went 2 for 5.

Shortstop Javier Baez hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to tie up the score and eventually send it to extra innings. It was Baez's fourth home run for the Smokies and 21st overall. He was 1 for 4.

Center fielder John Andreoli went 3 for 4 with two doubles. He had one RBI and he also stole a base.

Daytona Cubs

They got six innings in on the double-header before rain suspended play. The game with Charlotte was still scoreless at the time.

They'll try to finish this game tomorrow and then play a second game. Today's second game has been cancelled.

Kane County Cougars

The woes for the Cougars continued as they lost to the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 8-6 in a game that ended after seven and a half innings. The Cougars have now lost ten of their last eleven games.

Scott Baker had another rough rehab start. He allowed six runs on six hits over 2.2 innings. He walked three and struck out one.

The Cougars would come back and tie this game in the fifth inning, but Michael Heesch allowed two runs in the seventh inning to get the loss. Heesch pitched 4.1 innings and allowed the two runs on three hits and four walks. He struck out two.

The Cougars tied the score in the fifth on a two-run home run by third baseman Jeimer Candelario, his sixth of the season. Candelario was 2 for 4.

Earlier, second baseman Gioskar Amaya hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his fifth of the year. Amaya was 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and three total RBI.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 4 and scored a run.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks won their seventh straight by running the Everett AquaSox (Mariners) through the wringer, 9-2.

Dillon Maples started his first game since his demotion to Boise and he was pretty good, allowing only one run on three hits over three innings. Maples walked two and struck out three.

Corbin Hoffner got his second win because Maples didn't go five, but he earned it with three shutout innings. He surrendered four hits but no walks. He struck out three.

Right fielder David Bote hit not one, but two solo home runs tonight. The first came in the second inning and the next one came in the sixth. He also had a sacrifice fly for three total RBI in a 2 for 3 night. Bote now has five home runs on the year.

DH Cael Brockmeyer put the Hawks up for good with a two-run double in the first inning. Brockmeyer finished the game going 3 for 4 with three RBI and one run scored. He also stole a base.

Catcher Lance Rymel was 3 for 5 with a double. He scored twice and had one run batted in.

First baseman Jacob Rogers was 2 for 4 with two runs batted in and one scored. Left fielder Rony Rodriguez was 2 for 4 and scored once.

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