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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 20

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Addison Russell leads Tennessee to a big win.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were too late for the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 4-3 in 12 innings.

Starter Chris Rusin pitched seven innings and surrendered two runs on ten hits. He walked one and struck out five.

Marcus Hatley was given a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 11th inning, but failed to protect the lead when he allowed a solo home run to Brent Lillibridge. He came out to pitch the 12th inning, gave up another run and took the loss. Hatley pitched 1.1 innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out two and did not walk anyone.

First baseman Lars Anderson went 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and had one RBI. DH Chris Valaika was 2 for 5. He doubled in the second inning and scored on Anderson's double.

Shortstop Javier Baez was 3 for 6.

Tennessee Smokies

Behind two Addison Russell home runs, the Tennessee Smokies smoked the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 10-3.

Jeffry Antigua pitched the first four innings of this game and allowed two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out one.

P.J. Francescon relieved Antigua and got the win because Antigua didn't go five innings. Francescon allowed one run on three hits over 2.1 innings.

Addison Russell hit a home run with a man on in the top of the first inning to give Tennessee an early 2-0 lead. When he came to bat in the fifth inning, the score was tied 2-2 and the bases were loaded. Russell emptied them with a monster grand slam to dead center field. The home runs were Russell's second and third in the Cubs organization and fourth overall this season. Russell was 2 for 4 with a walk and the six RBI.

In the seventh inning, third baseman Christian Villanueva made the score 8-3 with a two-run home run. It was Villanueva's tenth home run of the season and fourth for the Smokies. He was 1 for 4 with a walk.

Left fielder Jonathan Mota closed out the scoring with a two-run double in the top of the ninth. Mota was 3 fro 5.

Emilio Bonifacio played the entire game at second base today and went 4 for 5. He also turned the pivot on two double plays.

Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 5 and scored on both of Russell's home runs.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs crushed the Palm Beach Cardinals, 9-1.

Felix Peña started and cruised to an easy victory. Peña pitched seven innings and allowed one run on four hits. Really, he allowed one run on a home run in the third inning. The other three hits were incidental. Peña struck out seven and walked only one.

Center fielder Albert Almora was 4 for 5 and scored twice. Almora is hitting .377/.403/.638 so far in July. His batting average for the season is now up to .281.

Left fielder Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 5 with a two-run bloop single in the seventh inning. Schwarber scored once and he stole a base.

Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored two runs and drove home two.

First baseman Rock Shoulders was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars were tripped by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 9-5.

It was a rough start for Tyler Skulina, who got the loss after Great Lakes jumped on him for five runs on eight hits in only 2.2 innings. Skulina struck out three and walked one.

The one bright spot for the Cougars pitching staff was Michael Heesch. Heesch relieved Skulina in the third inning and stranded two runners and allowed only one hit and no runs over 3.1 innings. He struck out six and did not walk anyone.

First baseman Jacob Rogers hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning that gave KC an early 3-0 lead. It was Rogers' tenth home run this year. Rogers was 2 for 3 with a walk and he scored twice.

Catcher Cael Brockmeyer went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI single in the ninth inning.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks were buried under the lava by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 6-1. With the Boise loss and a win by Hillsboro, the Hops clinched the first-half division title.

Starter Tyler Ihrig pitched a lot better than his line would indicate. He kept the game scoreless through five innings and Boise trailed 1-0 going into the seventh inning. That's where Ihrig ran into trouble, when he allowed five runs. Ihrig's final line was seven innings pitched, giving up six runs on nine hits. Two of the six runs were unearned. Ihrig walked one and struck out one.

Boise got a run on two hits in the bottom of the ninth. Before that, they had one hit. First baseman Danny Canela was 1 for 3 with a walk and the RBI.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford's 19 game hitting streak came to an end as he was 0 for 4. He did score the lone run in the ninth after reaching on a fielder's choice.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Angels, 8-2.