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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 9

Tennessee blew a big lead but won anyway. Boise overcame a late four-run deficit to win. Iowa won their third straight.

Jae-Hoon Ha
Jae-Hoon Ha
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs tamed the Fresno Grizzlies (Giants), 6-5.

Jake Arrieta pitched the first three innings and to the first four batters of the fourth before he was ejected after walking opposing pitcher Yusmeiro Petit. I'm going to make a wild guess and say he questioned the umpire's strike zone judgement. Arrieta allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out three and walked three.

Casey Coleman was called into the game with the bases loaded and no one out after Arrieta was ejected. A run scored on a force out at second and then he got out of the inning with a double play after he caught a line drive back at him and doubled up the runner at first.

Coleman threw four innings and allowed two runs on four hits, including a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Coleman struck out four and walked two as he got his third win of the season.

Brian Schlitter tossed a perfect ninth inning for his 15th save. He struck out two.

Left fielder Ty Wright hit his ninth home run of the year, and sixth with Iowa, in the bottom of the  second inning with a man on to give Iowa an early 2-0 lead. Wright was 1 for 4.

First baseman Brad Nelson went 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored one run.

Right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha went 3 for 5 with a double and a run batted in. Center fielder Julio Borbon was 2 for 4 with a walk.

Shortstop Edwin Maysonet went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once and had one run batted in.

Catcher Chad Noble was 2 for 4 and scored one run.

Tennessee Smokies

It was a wild one at Smokies Park tonight as the Smokies beat the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays) 11-10.

Starter Dae-Eun Rhee allowed four runs when he gave up back-to-back home runs. But he only gave up one more run the rest of the way and actually exited the game with a 6-5 lead. Rhee's final line was five runs allowed on seven hits over five innings. Rhee struck out four and walked three.

The Smokies scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 10-5 lead, but the bullpen slowly gave it back, giving up one run in sixth inning and two runs in each of the eighth and ninth innings. The Smokies went through three pitchers in the ninth inning trying to nail down the win. Yeiper Castillo who had closed out the eighth inning, walked the first batter he faced and was relieved by Frank Batista. Batista had his second straight bad game as he allowed three hits that scored over two-thirds of an inning that scored two runners--Castillo's and one of his own. Batista struck out one and the other runner he retired was a runner trying to go from first to third on a single to right.

Batista was then replaced by Hunter Cervenka, who walked the first batter he faced and then struck out the next batter to end the inning with the score still tied 10-10. Cervenka got his fourth win when Tennessee came back and scored in the bottom of the inning.

The Smokies loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth inning on a single, a walk and a single. That brought shortstop Javier Baez to the plate, and Baez fisted an single up the middle and through the drawn-in infield to score pinch-runner Nate Samson from third base and end the game. Baez was 2 for 5 with a walk in this game. He scored once and had two total RBI.

The Smokies banged out 19 hits and everyone had at least one hit. So the list of who did what is going to be long and I'm just going to go in batting order. (Baez batted third--I won't repeat him.)

Center fielder Matthew Szczur was 1 for 3 with three walks. He had one RBI.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara went 3 for 6 with two RBI.

First baseman Justin Bour was 1 for 4 with a two-run home run, his 16th of the season.

DH Rubi Silva went 3 for 5 and scored twice.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva hit his fifteenth home run of the season with a man on in the fifth inning. He also had two doubles in a 3 for 5 game. Villanueva scored twice and had three RBI.

Left fielder Brett Jackson went 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored twice.

Right fielder John Andreoli was 2 for 5 with a stolen base. Andreoli scored two runs and knocked one run in.

Catcher Rafael Lopez went 2 for 5 and had the single to leadoff the bottom of the ninth.

Daytona Cubs

You knew three games in a row would be too good to be true. Rain out.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars lost to the Burlington Bees (Angels), 6-5 in ten innings.

Tyler Skulina's second Midwest League start didn't go much better than his first one. He was tagged for three run on four hits over 2.1 innings. One of the runs was unearned. Skulina struck out three and walked one.

Rob Zastryzny had a very successful debut in low-A, however. He threw three scoreless innings of relief, allowing only two hits. He retired the side in order his first two innings. Zastryzny walked one and struck out one.

Michael Hamann pitched the top of the tenth and got the loss when he allowed his first earned run of the season. Hamann gave up the one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out one.

Catcher Carlos Escobar hit his third home run of the year in the fourth inning with a man on. He also had a two-run single for four total RBI in a 2 for 5 game.

Shortstop Marco Hernandez went 3 for 5 with a double and a triple. He scored twice.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored one run and had one batted in.

The Cougars game was delayed when a skunk came on the field.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks stunned the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 5-4 after trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the 8th.

It was a solid start for James Pugliese, who allowed only one unearned run over four innings. He gave up six hits and he walked one. Pugliese struck out three.

Jasvir Rakkar collected his second win of the season after he didn't allow a run over the final 2.1 innings. He gave up two hits and he walked one. Rakkar struck out two.

Boise scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game. In the ninth, third baseman Kris Bryant came to the plate with the bases loaded and nobody out and just missed a walk off grand slam. However, it was easily enough to be a walk off sacrifice fly and win the game. Bryant was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once.

Center fielder Kevin Encarnacion went 3 for 5 and scored a run. Shortstop Carlos Penalver hit a double to leadoff the bottom of the ninth and scored on the Bryant sac fly. Penalver was 2 for 4.

Boise hit into a league record six double plays in this game. Yet they still won.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Angels, 4-3 in 12 innings.

Brian Bogusevic made a rehab appearance. He was 1 for 4 with a walk.