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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 24

Daytona took another step towards a playoff spot with a big win, and Boise moved into a tie for first place with a win. Iowa won behind Mike Olt and Kane County is finishing strong. Tennessee lost, but got help and can clinch a postseason berth on Sunday.

Trevor Gretzky
Trevor Gretzky
Josh Timmers

You don't know how tempted I was to post a picture of Trevor Gretzky's sister for this article, but then you might have gotten confused and thought you ended up on Bleacher Report by mistake. We'd have gotten more hits though.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs plucked the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 8-5.

Casey Coleman pitched the first five innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Coleman walked four, struck out four and hit one batter.

Alberto Cabrera pitched a scoreless top of the sixth inning and got the win when Iowa busted out for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Cabrera allowed a hit and a walk in the inning while striking out two.

Third baseman Mike Olt broke out for his best game in a Cubs uniform, going 4 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in the second inning. It was Olt's 15th home run and third for Iowa. Olt scored twice and had two RBI.

Both right fielder Dave Sappelt and first baseman Brad Nelson were 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI. Sappelt also scored one run.

Shortstop Tim Torres was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and had one RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were caught hibernating against the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks), 4-3.

Dae-Eun Rhee held the BayBears scoreless through six innings, but he got into trouble in the seventh and exited with two runners on base, both of whom scored. Rhee's final line was 6.1 innings pitched, allowing two unearned runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out two.

Tony Zych got the loss in relief. Zych allowed two runs on five hits over 1.1 innings of relief. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

All of the Smokies offense came from first baseman Justin Bour and right fielder Rubi Silva, who hit back-to-back solo home runs in the third inning. Bour's home run was his 17th of the season and Silva's was his 14th.

Bour was 1 for 3 with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Silva was 1 for 3 with a walk.

However, both the Jackson Generals and the Birmingham Barons also lost, so the Smokies magic number to clinch a playoff spot dropped to one and their magic number to clinch the division dropped to two. Nick Struck will take the mound and a win will clinch a trip to the playoffs for Tennessee.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs tripped the Tampa Yankees, 7-3.

Starter Corey Black beat his former teammates for the second time this year, going five innings and allowing three runs on three hits. One of the three runs was unearned. Black walked four and struck out two. He really only made one mistake, a three-run home run to Mikeson Oliberto in the fifth inning.

Third baseman Kris Bryant was 2 for 5 with a double and a two-run single in the sixth inning. Bryant also scored one run.

Left fielder Anthony Giansanti went 2 for 4 with a walk and two stolen bases. Giansanti had a two-run single in the third inning and scored a run in the second.

Second baseman Wes Darvill was 3 for 5 with a run scored. DH Dan Vogelbach was 0 for 2 with three walks and a run scored.

Lakeland also lost, so Daytona's magic number to clinch the second-half title dropped to six.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars skinned the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) 5-3.

Tayler Scott tossed the first six innings and picked up his sixth win. Scott allowed three runs on eight hits. He struck out six and walked three.

Stephen Perakslis got a two-inning save, his seventh of the year. He allowed no runs and only one hit. Perakslis walked one and fanned two.

Shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth, his second of the season. Papaccio was 1 for 4.

Center fielder Oliver Zapata had a double and a triple in a 2 for 5 game. He scored one run and had one RBI.

Left fielder Trevor Gretzky stayed hot, going 2 for 4 with a triple. He scored one run.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks skipped past the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 2-1.

Starter Duane Underwood got the win after allowing one run on only three hits over five innings. Underwood struck out three and only walked one.

Eddie Orozco pitched the ninth inning and got his second save. He allowed a one-out walk, but nothing else. Orozco struck out one.

First baseman Jacob Rogers was responsible for both Boise runs. He scored on a wild pitch in the second inning and had an RBI single in the fourth. Rogers was 3 for 4.

Center fielder Kevin Encarnacion was 2 for 4.

With the win, Boise moved into a tie with Hillsboro for the second-half title.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Angels, 4-2.