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Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 6

Josh Vitters is on one of his hot streaks. Kane County is unbeatable at home.


Arodys Vizcaino was promoted to Tennessee and Zack Godley was promoted to Daytona. Michael Wagner joins Kane County from extended spring training.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs outlasted the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 5-4 in 11 innings.

Tsuyoshi Wada allowed a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, which immediately doubled the number of earned runs he allowed this season. He later gave up a solo home run to former Cubs farmhand Justin Bour in the sixth inning. But it was still a "quality start" for Wada as he allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Zac Rosscup pitched a perfect bottom of the tenth inning and got the win. He struck out one.

Marcos Mateo pitched the bottom of the 11th and collected his second save, but not without some drama. Mateo walked two batters in the inning and was facing runners on first and second with only one out, but a 4-6-3 double play ended the game.

Josh Vitters extended his consecutive home run streak to three games with a two-run home run in the second inning. Then he clobbered a second two-run home run in the fourth inning, giving him six on the season. Vitters was 2 for 4.

Logan Watkins scored the eventual winning run in the top of the eleventh on a wild pitch. Watkins was 2 for 5.

First baseman Chris Valaika was 2 for 5 and scored on both of Vitters' home runs.

Iowa struck out 17 times in this game and only walked once.  They won anyway. At least the walk went to Javier Baez.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies toppled the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 4-1.

For the second start in a row, Matt Loosen allowed one run over five innings. He allowed the one run on four hits, but mostly on that solo home run he gave up in the fourth inning. Loosen struck out seven and walked two.

Jose Veras pitched a 1-2-3 inning in a rehab assignment. He struck out one.

Ryan Searle picked up his third win after he tossed two scoreless innings of relief. Searle gave up three hits, but didn't walk anyone. He struck out one.

Tony Zych started the ninth inning, but he was pulled with two on and two outs in the inning. So Hunter Cervenka took over to face the tough left-hander Micah Johnson (batting .344) and struck him out for his first save of the season.

The Smokies took the lead for good when Anthony Giansanti led off the bottom of the seventh inning with his first home run of the season. Giansanti was 1 for 2 after entering the game in the sixth.

Second baseman Stephen Bruno was 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once. Catcher Charlie Cutler was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 4. He scored once and had one RBI.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were strafed by the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 5-1.

Starting pitcher Tayler Scott had control problems, which lead to a five-run second inning. Three times in the second, Scott walked in a run with the bases loaded. Scott finished the day allowing five runs on four hits over 4.2 innings. Scott walked five and hit two batters. He struck out three.

Daytona managed four hits today, and two of them were by Tim Saunders, who was 2 for 4 with a double.

Albert Almora was 1 for 3 with a double, a walk and a stolen base. He scored the only Daytona run on a sac fly in the seventh inning.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars won their 11th straight home game by stomping on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 8-2.

Daury Torrez improved his record to 4-1 after allowing two runs on four hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Will Remillard was 3 for 3 with two doubles and a walk. He scored once and had four RBI.