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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 28

The Smokies went back into first place with a wild win over Birmingham. Daytona opens up a 4.5 game lead in the second half with a thrashing of Bradenton.

Jon Gudorf

Iowa Cubs

Riding a riverboat down the mighty Mississippi to New Orleans. OK, they probably took a plane instead.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies burned the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 11-8.

Eduardo Figueroa got the win, despite allowing five runs over six innings. Figueroa surrendered four hits and issued three walks. He struck out four.

Frank Batista got his ninth save despite allowing a solo home run in the ninth inning. Batista gave up one run on three hits over 1.1 innings. He struck out one and didn't walk anyone.

Center fielder Albert Almora was 1 for 18 to start his Double-A career, but tonight he went 4 for 6 with a double. He scored three runs and drove home two.

Shortstop Addison Russell was 4 for 6 with a double. He had one RBI and one run scored.

Left fielder Lars Anderson gave the Smokies an insurance run when he smashed a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. It was his fifth home run this year and first for Tennessee. Anderson was 1 for 3 with two walks. He scored two runs and drove in two.

Right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha went 2 for 5 with a walk and a run scored. Catcher Charles Cutler was 2 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored.

First baseman Dustin Geiger went 2 for 2 with a double and three walks. He also stole a base. He crossed home twice and batted in three.

Second baseman Stephen Bruno went 1 for 2 with an RBI double and three walks.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs keelhauled the Bradenton Marauders (Pirates), 7-0.

Juan Paniagua collected his first win for Daytona as he gave up only two singles over six innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Tyler Bremer pitched two perfect innings of relief and Austin Kirk closed out the game in the ninth, giving up only the third single of the game. Bremer struck out two and Kirk fanned one.

Catcher Willson Contreras was 3 for 5 with a double and two RBI. DH Billy McKinney was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI.

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. Center fielder Jacob Hannemann went 1 for 3 with a double and two walks. He stole one base and scored twice.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars were swept away by the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 2-1.

It was a strong start for Daury Torrez. Torrez allowed one run on five hits over six innings. Torrez struck out four and walked only one.

Michael Heesch allowed the decisive run in the top of the ninth on back-to-back doubles. Heesch pitched three innings and allowed one run on two hits. He walked three and struck out three.

Left fielder Shawon Dunston stayed hot today, going 2 for 5 with two doubles and the lone Kane County RBI. Dunston is hitting .409/.425/.545 in the month of July.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks were pounced on by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 6-1.

Trevor Clifton started and pitched 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on six hits. One of the runs was unearned. Clifton walked four and struck out three.

Boise had five hits tonight. First baseman Danny Canela was 1 for 4 with a double.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Diamondbacks, 12-6.

C.J. Edwards made another rehab start in Arizona tonight. He allowed a run on one hit and three walks over 3.2 innings. He struck out six.

Afterwards, he said this