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Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 22

Kris Bryant hits two as Iowa beats Albuquerque. Daytona and Tennessee are in first place in the second half.

Dylan Heuer

I was watching soccer today. Did anything happen in the minor leagues?

Iowa Cubs

Behind two Kris Bryant home runs, the Iowa Cubs detonated the Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers), 7-6.

Eric Jokisch had a rough start, allowing five runs on eight hits over six innings. Two of the eight hits were home runs. Jokisch struck out four and did not walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.

Armando Rivero pitched a perfect top of the eighth inning to get his first Triple-A win. He struck out two.

Blake Parker allowed an unearned run in the ninth inning, but got his 15th save anyway. Parker gave up one unearned run on a hit and a walk. He struck out two.

Third baseman Kris Bryant hit two home runs today, a two-run home run in the sixth inning and an solo home run in the eighth that gave Iowa a 6-5 lead. Bryant was 2 for 4 and he now has 25 home runs this season between Tennessee and Iowa. Also, he's 3 for 16 in four games in Iowa with three home runs and eight strikeouts. That's a weird line.

First baseman Chris Valaika also homered in this game, a two-run blast in the third inning that was his seventh on the season. Valaika was 3 for 4 and scored twice.

Center fielder Arismendy Alcantara was 2 for 5 with a triple and a run scored. Catcher Rafael Lopez was 2 for 4 with a run batted in.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies uncovered the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers), 4-0.

Eduardo Figueroa pitched the first five innings without allowing a run. He gave up three hits. Figueroa walked two and struck out three.

P.J. Francescon pitched the next two innings, gave up only one hit and got his eighth win, all in relief. Francescon neither walked nor struck anyone out.

Tennessee's four runs came on a pair of two run home runs. Third baseman Christian Villanueva hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his seventh on the season and first for Tennessee. He was 1 for 4.

Then in the seventh inning, Dustin Geiger hit his tenth home run of the season with a man on. He had come on in a double-switch with Francescon and was 1 for 2 in the game.

Catcher Charles Cutler was 2 for 3 with a walk.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs downed the Tampa Yankees, 4-2.

It was the fourth straight good start for Rob Zastryzny, who pitched five scoreless, giving up four hits. He walked three and struck out four.

Michael Jensen got the win with 2.2 innings of relief. He allowed one run on two hits and three walks. Jensen struck out one.

Andrew McKirahan allowed a run on a double with two outs in the ninth, but then got a ground out to end the game and collect his seventh save. McKirahan pitched 1.1 innings and allowed a run on two hits. He struck out one and didn't walk anyone.

Daytona didn't have a hit until Dan Vogelbach doubled with one out in the sixth inning and scored all four of their runs on one play in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Wilson Contreras singled to right field and two more runs came around the on a throwing error by the first baseman. Contreras was given two RBI and was 1 for 4. Vogelbach was also 1 for 4.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars split a double-header with the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), losing game one 5-0 and taking the second game 3-2.

Pierce Johnson started game one and took the loss, but he didn't pitch poorly. He allowed one run on three hits over four innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Duane Underwood pitched the other three innings and got knocked around for four runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out one.

Kane County had three hits in game one. Kyle Schwarber was the DH and went 1 for 3.

In game two, Jen-Ho Tseng gave Kane County a strong six innings. He allowed only one run on three hits. He struck out five and didn't walk anyone.

James Pugliese allowed a run in the top of the seventh, but got the win when Kane County came back and scored twice in the bottom of the inning. He gave up the run on two hits. He neither walked nor struck out anyone.

Jacob Rogers tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a solo home run, his seventh of the season. Rogers also doubled in a 2 for 3 game.

DH Jacob Hannemann ended the game with a bases-loaded single with one out in the seventh, scoring Jeimer Candelario. Hannemann was 1 for 2 with two walks and Candelario was 0 for 2 with a walk.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks lost to the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 6-2.

Josh Conway started and gave up a two-run home run in the bottom of the first, which were the only two runs he allowed over 2.2 innings. Conway allowed five total hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Ryan McNeil allowed a run on a solo home run in the fifth inning, and that was enough to tag him with the loss. McNeil allowed one run on two hits over 2.2 innings. He walked one and did not have a strikeout.

Rashard Crawford tied the game in the top of the second with an RBI triple. He was 1 for 3.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Diamondbacks, 15-11 in 11 innings.

Gleybar Torres hit a home run. Jorge Soler played six innings in right field.