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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 5

Rookie ball was the only win tonight, although neither Boise (All-Star Break) nor Daytona (you know why) played.

Darnell McDonald
Darnell McDonald

I guess I should mention this. A former Cubs minor league pitcher, Chris Siegfried, won "The Bachelorette" tonight. I don't know what that means other than he gets to be engaged to whoever the Bachelorette was. But congratulations are in order for Chris, who was an 11th-round pick of the Cubs in 2007. He last played for Daytona in 2010, making stops in Boise and Peoria before that.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs fell down the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 6-5.

Iowa starter Justin Grimm got in a lot of trouble early as he allowed three runs in the first and two in the second. But then he settled down and allowed only two more baserunners over the next four innings. Grimm's final line was five runs on eight hits over six innings. One of the five runs was unearned. Grimm struck out eight and walked only one, so that was pretty impressive, at least.

Grimm was relieved by Casey Coleman, who retired the first seven batters he faced. The eighth one, however, was Brandon Bantz and he hit a walkoff home run. It was his third loss of the season. Coleman struck out two.

Left fielder Darnell McDonald opened the game with a bang, hitting his third home run of the year as the first batter of the game. McDonald had a big night, going 4 for 5 and also doubling.

Iowa first baseman Brad Nelson cut Iowa's deficit to 5-4 with a solo home run in the fifth inning. It was his 16th home run of the year. Nelson was 2 for 4.

Second baseman Danny Lockhart is making the most of his opportunity in Triple-A, as he went 2 for 4 and scored a run. However, he got caught in a rundown after he tried to score from third on a ball that barely got away from the catcher. He also stole his first base in Triple-A.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies lost their fourth straight to the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 6-4. The win was Jacksonville's 11th straight.

Matt Loosen struggled in his second start since returning to Double-A, showing some of the command issues that got him demoted in the first place. Loosen pitched three innings allowed five runs on five hits, including a pair of solo home runs. Loosen walked three and struck out four.

Right fielder John Andreoli was 3 for 4 with a double, a stolen base and two RBI.

Shortstop Javier Baez was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had one RBI and also stole a base.

Rubi Silva went 2 for 2 and scored once.

Daytona Cubs

I really feel bad for the folks down in Florida. Both games today were cancelled. It's supposed to rain in Daytona Beach again tomorrow, but Daytona has a scheduled off-day anyway. They're supposed to play the Threshers in Clearwater on Wednesday, but there is a 30% chance of thunderstorms in the Clearwater forecast.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars were turned to sawdust by the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners), 12-4.

Starter Felix Pena took his fourth loss after he was hammered for eight runs on ten hits over six innings. Two of the ten hits were home runs. Pena walked two and struck out five.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario gave Kane County an early 1-0 lead with a home run in the top of the first. He was 1 for 4.

Boise Hawks

All-Star Break. Eight Hawks are scheduled to play for the South team in Everett tomorrow.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Indians, 4-3.