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Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 27

SWEEP! The top five teams in the Cubs system won. Two of them in laughers.

Dylan Heuer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs blasted the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies), 16-3.

Chris Rusin got an easy win with the textbook "quality start," allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked four and struck out four. Rusin was also 2 for 4 with a solo home run.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara hit a majestic home run off the right field light tower with two men on in the eighth inning. It was Alcantara's tenth home run of the season. While those runs were just gravy, Alcantara did go 4 for 6 with four overall RBI. He scored three times.

First baseman Chris Valaika hit a grand slam in the sixth inning that turned this game into a rout. It was his eighth home run of the year. Valaika was 2 for six and scored two runs.

Third baseman Kris Bryant was 3 for 6 with two doubles. Bryant scored twice and had one RBI.

Center fielder Matt Szczur was 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Left fielder Josh Vitters was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored twice and had two RBI. Catcher Rafael Lopez was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI. He scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies scored four runs in the top of the eighth to ambush the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 6-5.

Starer Eduardo Figueroa only went three innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. He struck out one and didn't walk anyone.

Tony Zych got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. He gave up only one single. Zych struck out one and walked no one.

Frank Batista allowed two base runners in the ninth inning on a single and a walk, but stranded both of them as he collected his second Smokies save. Batista struck out two.

The Smokies had six singles in that four-run eighth. Jonathan Mota was 2 for 3 with a walk, a double and an RBI single in that tied the game in that eighth inning. Elliot Soto came up right after Mota and gave Tennessee the lead with a single of his own. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs shut out the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 1-0.

This game was all about starter Nathan Dorris, who dominated Lakeland for seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits. He struck out eight and walked only one.

Andrew McKirahan pitched the final two innings for his eighth save. The only runner to reach base was a hit batsman with one out in the ninth. McKirahan struck out one.

The only Daytona run came on a Wes Darvill double in the seventh inning. He was 1 for 3.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars toppled the Beloit Snappers (Athletics), 3-2 in ten innings.

Starter Pierce Johnson walked the first batter he faced. He gave up a two-run home run to the third batter he faced. Those were the only hit, walk and runs he allowed over seven innings. He did have other base runners on a hit batsman, an error and a dropped third strike, but he erased all three runners of those with double plays. Johnson struck out six.

Juan Paniagua pitched the final three innings without allowing a run and got his fourth win. Paniagua gave up two hits. He struck out six and didn't walk anyone.

The Cougars took the lead in the top of the tenth on an RBI double by Shawon Dunston. That was the only at-bat he had in the game, having come on as a pinch runner in the ninth.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two steals.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks drank the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 11-1.

Trevor Clifton allowed only one unearned run on only one hit, which had nothing to do with the run that scored. However, the error that allowed the run to score was Clifton's own, so you know how I feel about those counting as unearned runs. (Of course, you probably also know that I think the distinction between earned and unearned runs is silly.) Clifton walked two and struck out six.

First baseman Danny Canela was 2 for 4 with a double and his third home run of the season. Canela walked once. He scored twice and had two RBI.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford went 2 for 5 with a stolen base and a run scored.

You'll all like this. Boise had ten hits and nine walks tonight.

AZL Cubs

Ended up losing to the Giants, 6-5.

So I guess it's not a complete sweep. It was when I wrote that.

Jorge Soler played five innings of right field and went 2 for 2.  Joe Martarano played his first professional game and got his first professional hit. He also made two errors. FUMBLE!