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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 20

Daytona actually had a tie game tonight. The Smokies win big and Iowa dropped another one, although Memphis lost too so they stayed tied for first place. The Hawks winning streak ends and the Cougars losing streak ends.

Arismendy Alcantara
Arismendy Alcantara

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were too slow for the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 5-2.

Jake Arrieta pitched the first five innings and took the loss. He allowed four runs on six hits, the big one being a three-run home run by Mike Olt in the second inning. Arrieta walked two and struck out three.

Olt really took it out on his possibly, maybe future teammates in the second inning. In the top of that inning, he started a 5-4-3 triple play on a Jae-Hoon Ha ground ball.

DH Josh Vitters was 2 for 3 with a double and was hit by a pitch. He scored one run.

Right fielder Darnell McDonald was 2 for 4 and drove Vitters home in the seventh inning. Left fielder Ty Wright was 2 for 5 with an RBI. First baseman Brad Nelson went 2 for 5.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies eclipsed the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 7-4.

Austin Kirk started and got his eighth win and second with the Smokies. Kirk pitched five innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out three.

Marcos Mateo continued his strong comeback with two hitless innings. Mateo walked one and struck out two.

Frank Batista pitched the final two innings for his 12th save. Batista allowed a single to the first batter he faced, but no other baserunners. He faced the minimum when he got the second hitter to line into a double play. Batista struck out two.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara went 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice.

Shortstop Javier Baez went 2 for 5 with a two-run double in the second inning. Baez scored one run.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. Matt Szczur was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored one run.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs played two games with the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays). They lost the first game, 1-0 in 13 innings in a game that the first six innings were played yesterday. The second game was declared a tie after 15 innings, 2-2.

In the first game that started yesterday, Ivan Pineyro tossed six scoreless innings. He allowed four hits. He struck out three and didn't issue a walk.

Pineyro has not allowed a run in his first 11 innings as a Cub.

When the game resumed today, Eduardo Figueroa took over and threw another six shutout innings. He gave up seven hits, all singles, and he walked one. Figueroa had two strikeouts.

Frank Del Valle started the bottom of the 13th and gave up a run and took the loss. He walked a batter with one out, who then stole second and scored on a two-out single. Del Valle also walked another batter intentionally. He did not have a strikeout in his two-thirds of an inning.

Center fielder Zeke DeVoss went 2 for 6. Shortstop Elliot Soto was 2 for 5 with a walk. Right fielder Taiwan Easterling went 2 for 5 with a double.

In the second ridiculous game, Matt Loosen started and allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

Jeffrey Lorick threw four innings without allowing a run. He gave up three hits and four walks while striking out two. Dayan Diaz threw the final three innings before the game was declared a tie. He gave up one hit and one walk and he struck out four.

Obviously there was no winning or losing pitcher.

DH Taylor Davis hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to tie the score and eventually send it into extras. It was his second home run this season. He was 1 for 6.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 3 for 5 with a double, a triple and a walk. He also gunned down what would have been the game-winning run in the 12th inning at the plate after a fly out for a double play.

Second baseman Wes Darvill was 2 for 5 with a double and the other Daytona RBI.

Apparently, Florida State League policy dictates that all games must end at 1am.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars bolted the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 8-4 in a game that ended after six innings because of rain.

Felix Pena tossed a six-inning complete game for his third win. He gave up the four runs on six hits, three of them on a home run in the top of the first inning. Pena struck out four and didn't walk anyone.

The Cougars only had five hits in this game but they walked nine times. Every hitter in the starting lineup except Marco Hernandez walked once and Jeimer Candelario walked twice. Candelario was 0 for 1 with an RBI and a run scored.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 2 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and had one walk.

Center fielder Albert Almora went 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks scored four times with two out in the ninth, but the rally fell short and they lost to the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 8-7, snapping the Hawks seven-game win streak.

Starter Duane Underwood took the loss after he allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits over four innings. Underwood walked three and had one strike out.

Center fielder Shawon Dunston was 3 for 5 with two RBI and one run scored. Second baseman Daniel Lockhart went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored. Third baseman David Bote was 2 for 4. He scored once and had one RBI.

After two were out in the ninth, five straight Hawks reached base, scoring four runs and bringing the tying run to the plate in the form of pinch-hitter Cael Brockmeyer. But Mighty Brockmeyer struck out.

AZL Cubs

Game suspended because of rain after four innings with the Angels leading 8-1. David DeJesus was 0 for 1 with a walk before the rains came.