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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 25

Only Kane County won tonight--the one team that doesn't need to win.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were clipped by the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 3-2.

Starter Chris Rusin took the loss after he allowed three runs on eight hits over eight innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Center fielder Ryan Kalish was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

Iowa had a rally going in this game and had the bases-loaded with two out in the ninth, but catcher Rafael Lopez struck out looking to end the game. He was 0 for 3 with a walk.

Javier Baez played shortstop tonight and started that ninth inning rally with a one-out double. He later scored on an error.  He was 1 for 3 with the double and a sacrifice fly.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies saw a big lead dissipate and they lost to the Mississippi Braves, 9-8.

Starting pitcher Jeffry Antigua pitched four innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out one.

The Smokies had a 6-0 lead after two innings and an 8-4 lead going into the eighth. But Zach Cates had a miserable game. He faced four batters and gave up a single, double, walk and a triple. Andrew McKirahan came into the game to try to keep the lead, but an error by second baseman Stephen Bruno allowed one run to score on an error when he misplayed a ground ball and then catcher Luis Flores allowed the go-ahead run to score when he made a wild throw on a steal of third base. Center fielder Albert Almora had made an error earlier in the Braves' five-run eighth inning.

McKirahan got the loss. He pitched two innings and allowed one unearned run on zero hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Shortstop Addison Russell hit two home runs tonight. The first was a three-run home run in the first inning and the second came in the second inning with the bases empty. Both home runs came off of former Cub Mitch Atkins. Russell was 2 for 5 with the four RBI.  It's the second time Russell has hit two home runs in a game in a week. He has six home runs this year, five in the Cubs organization.

Catcher Luis Flores also hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. It was his third this year. Flores went 3 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva was 3 for 5 with two doubles and a run scored.

Almora had his first Double-A hit, a single in the first inning. He was 1 for 5.

Daytona Cubs

Oh, that's not funny. Yep. Rained out again. Both games. It's that time of year.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars swept the South Bend Silver Hawks (Diamondbacks), 7-2.

Starter Ben Wells went four innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  He did have some control issues as he walked five and struck out five. Three of the five walks came to consecutive batters in the first inning.

Michael Wagner was awarded the win because Wells did not go five innings, but Wagner certainly deserved it more anyway. He pitched three scoreless innings, surrendering two hits and two walks. He struck out two.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario had two doubles and four RBI in a 3 for 4 game. He scored once.

Left fielder Shawon Dunston was 3 for 4 with a double and a stolen base. He scored once and had one RBI. He's been hot lately.

Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored.

With the win, the Cougars improve their overall season record to 67-36. That's the best record in all of baseball, at least among full-season teams.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks dropped both ends of a doubleheader tonight to the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 3-1 and 2-1.

Trevor Graham had a complete game loss in game one. He pitched six innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Graham struck out five and walked three.

The only Hawks run in the first game came on a home run by first baseman Danny Canela in the sixth inning. He was 2 for 3.

Game two starter Tyler Ihrig allowed two runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings. Ihirg struck out three and walked two.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford singled to lead off the game. He went to second on a passed ball and scored when the second hitter of the game, Bryant Flete, singled him home. That was the Hawks offense in game two.

Right fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 2.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Giants, 6-2.

Ivan Pineyro pitched in this game and gave up four runs in two innings.