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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 8

It's all about Matt Loosen, who pitched a no-hitter for Daytona. Iowa increased their lead to three games with a win over New Orleans. Boise snapped a five-game losing streak, but the Smokies dropped a doubleheader.

Chris Rusin. I don't have a photo of Matt Loosen
Chris Rusin. I don't have a photo of Matt Loosen

Spent my last day at Memorial Park, catching the Boise Hawks win over the Tri-City Dust Devils. I'll have more to say about that later, but tonight I want to get the Wrap done and get the bed. I'm tired.

I'm going to have to lead off with the Daytona Cubs tonight. I'm sorry I don't have a picture of Matt Loosen.

Daytona Cubs

Matt Loosen threw Daytona's first nine-inning complete game no-hitter in 19 years as the Daytona Cubs beat the Dunedin Blue Jays, 7-0.

Loosen dominated the Blue Jays all game. He walked a batter in the first and fourth innings and one batter reached on an error by shortstop Elliot Soto. He struck out nine batters and he finished the game with 106 pitches.

David Hutcheson threw Daytona's last nine-inning complete game no-hitter on August 4, 1994. Their last combined nine-inning no-no came two years later, when Kerry Wood, Darold Brown and Brandon Hammock threw one on August 24, 1996. Daytona's last seven-inning no hitter came in 2009 when Craig Muschko, Chris Siegfried, Oswaldo Martinez and David Cales combined to throw one.

The Cubs offense staked Loosen to a 7-0 lead after three innings. Right fielder Bijan Rademacher hit his first Daytona home run in the third inning with a man on. He was 1 for 2 with two walks. He scored twice.

First baseman Dusin Geiger was 2 for 4 with a walk and a double. He scored once. Soto was 2 for 5 with a two-run single in the second inning.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs zipped past the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 5-2.

Chris Rusin allowed a home run to Gorkys Hernandez, the first batter he faced. After that, he settled down and collected his eighth win of the season. Rusin allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. He walked four and struck out two.

Yoanner Negrin tossed two innings without allowing a hit. He walked one and struck out two.

Brian Schlitter pitched a perfect ninth inning for his tenth save. He struck out one.

Catcher Luis Flores led off the top of the third with his fourth home run of the season. He also doubled in a 2 for 4 game.

First baseman Brad Nelson was 3 for 4 with a double. He had two RBI.

Second baseman Logan Watkins had two doubles and a walk in a 2 for 4 game. He scored one run and had one RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies dropped a doubleheader to the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 2-0 and 6-3 in eight innings.

In game one, Kyle Hendricks lost for the first time this year at home. He allowed two runs on two hits over five innings. He uncharacteristically walked three and struck out five. Both runs scored in the fourth inning on a double after Hendricks hit one batter and walked another.

The Smokies only had two hits in this game.

In game two, starter A.J. Morris took a no-decision after he gave up only one run on six hits over five innings. Morris fanned three and didn't walk anyone.

Frank Batista pitched the top of the eighth inning and allowed three runs on two hits and two walks. One of the two walks was intentional. Batista did not strike anyone out.

First baseman Justin Bour cut Huntsville's lead to 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run, his eighth of the season. Bour was 1 for 3.

Right fielder Rubi Silva sent the game to extra innings when he singled in the seventh and then stole second, stole third and scored on an error on the throw to third base. Silva was 2 for 3 with a double.

Kane County Cougars

Rained out. The game will not be made up. It's probably for the best.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks ended their five-game losing streak by cleaning up the Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies), 11-3.

Dae-Eun Rhee started and threw three scoreless innings in a rehab assignment. He gave up two hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out three.

Loiger Padron got his first Boise win, since Rhee didn't go five innings. Padron pitched three innings and allowed two runs on three hits. One of the two runs was unearned. Padron walked one and struck out three.

Second baseman David Bote lead off the bottom of the first inning with a tremendous home run that went over the fence in dead center field. It was his third home run this season. Bote was 1 for 4 and scored twice. He had a second RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. He also reach on a hit-by-pitch.

Third baseman Daniel Lockhart was 3 for 4. He scored once and had two RBI.

Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 5 with a walk. He had an RBI single in the fourth inning that just missed being a home run. It banged off the left field wall with such force that he was held to a single.

First baseman Jacob Rogers went 2 for 3 with three walks. He had one RBI and scored three runs. DH Rony Rodriguez was 2 for 5 with a double and scored twice. He was also hit by a pitch.

Center fielder Shawon Dunston Jr. went 2 for 4 with two walks. He scored on Balaguert's single and one of those walks came with the bases loaded.

Dunston walked seven times in the five-game series with Tri-City. Must take after his mother.

AZL Cubs

Day off.