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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 17

In a real reversal of fortune, Kane County was the only Cubs farm team that won tonight. Except rookie ball, who came from behind and won after I wrote that.


I wrote this in a comment in last night's Wrap and on Twitter, but in case you missed it, the Pacific Coast League is realigning next year as Tucson is moving to El Paso. The big difference for Iowa is that instead of being in a division with Nashville and Memphis, they'll be in a division with Colorado Springs and Oklahoma City. Omaha stays in the same division with Iowa. Also, Albuquerque is moving from the American Conference to the Pacific Conference, so the I-Cubs will only have to visit ABQ every other year. On the other hand, they'll have to go to Colorado Springs a lot now, and that's only a slightly worse hitting park that Isotopes Park.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were shut out by the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 3-0.

It was a good start for Justin Grimm, but not good enough since Iowa didn't score any runs. Grimm allowed three runs on four hits, including a solo home run, over seven innings. Grimm struck out eight and didn't walk anybody.

Right fielder Ty Wright was 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies seven-game win streak was snapped as they lost to the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers), 6-4.

Eric Jokisch started and took the loss. He pitched 6.1 innings and he allowed four runs on six hits, although one run was unearned. Jokisch struck out five and only walked one.

First baseman Justin Bour went 2 for 3 with a double. He scored one run and had one RBI.

In your nightly Javier Baez watch, Javy was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored one run and had one RBI.

But Jackson lost as well, so Tennessee's lead in the division stays at six games.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs lost to the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers), 10-2.

Rough start tonight for Ivan Pineyro, who allowed six runs on eight hits over his five-innings of work. Pineyro walked two and struck out four.

Third baseman Kris Bryant was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen went 2 for 4 with a walk.

Lakeland won, so Daytona's lead in the division fell to four games.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars usurped the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners), 7-6.

Michael Heesch pitched the first six innings and allowed three runs on six hits. One of the three runs was unearned. Heesch walked three and only struck out one.

Michael Hamann entered the game with two on and one out in the top of the eighth and the score still tied at six. He retired the next two batters and got the win when Kane County scored in the bottom of the inning. Hamman stayed in the game to pitch the ninth and allowed a leadoff double, but then retired the next three batters to end the game. Hamann allowed one hit over 1.2 innings and didn't strike out or walk a batter.

First baseman Rock Shoulders was 2 for 3 with a double and two walks, one of which was intentional. Shoulders scored twice and had one RBI.

Center fielder Oliver Zapata went 2 for 3 with a double, a walk and a sacrifice bunt. Zapata knocked one run home and scored one of his own.

Third baseman Giuseppe Papaccio was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya doubled to lead off the eighth inning, went to third on Zapata's bunt and then scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch. He was 1 for 5.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks were blown away by the Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies), 11-0.

Michael Wagner made his first professional start and took the loss after he gave up three runs over three innings. Wagner surrendered six hits and he walked two. Wagner had one strikeout.

Juan Paniagua followed Wagner and was even worse. Paniagua allowed six runs, four earned, on six hits over his three innings. He walked three and struck out two.

The Hawks had four hits. Shortstop Carlos Penalver was 2 for 3.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Reds, 9-7.