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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 16

Tennessee and Daytona explode as they both look to claim playoff spots. Iowa falls out of first.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs got stung by the Salt Lake Bees (Angels), 5-3.

Starter Carlos Pimentel pitched five innings and allowed five runs on nine hits, including a three-run home run in the third inning. Pimentel walked four and struck out three.

Right fielder Jorge Soler hit two doubles in a 2 for 5 game. He had one RBI.

Center fielder Ryan Kalish was 2 for 5 and scored once.

Shortstop Elliot Soto went 3 for 4 and scored one run.

Kris Bryant left this game in the third inning with a foot injury. He was taken to the hospital for x-rays. It was apparently the result of him fouling a ball off his foot a few games ago. The x-rays were inconclusive.

Omaha won, so Iowa fell a game out of first place in their division.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies scored seven runs in the eighth inning and went supernova on the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 12-5.

Starting pitcher Ivan Pineyro pitched 4.2 innings and gave up two runs on four hits, including a solo home run.  He struck out seven and only walked one.

Lendy Castillo replaced Pineyro and he surrendered the lead on a three-run home run in the fifth. Castillo was relieved after two-thirds of an inning by Blake Cooper, making his Cubs organization debut. Cooper pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits. He struck out two and didn't walk anyone.

P.J. Francescon pitched a perfect top of the eighth and got his 11th win of the season, all in relief. He struck out one.

Catcher Taylor Davis hit a two-run home run in the third inning, his fourth of the season. Davis was 3 for 5 with four RBI.

Shortstop Addison Russell was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored three times and he had an RBI single in the eighth.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva went 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had two runs scored and two RBI.

Left fielder Anthony Giansanti was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk. He scored once.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs trampled the Tampa Yankees, 10-2.

Starter Rob Zastryzny got his third Daytona win after tossing five innings and giving up two runs on three hits. He walked four and struck out four.

Gerardo Concepcion tossed another two scoreless innings of relief in this game. He didn't even allow a hit. He did walk two and he struck out three.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher came to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and tripled in all three runs to put the game away. He also scored on an error on the play, so it was a Little League grand slam, so to speak. Rademacher was 2 for 5 with just the three RBI.

Catcher Willson Contreras hit a real home run with a man on in the third inning. It was his third home run of the season. Contreras was 2 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach went 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and had two RBI.

DH Billy McKinney went 2 for 5 with an RBI double in the seventh inning. He scored on that Rademacher triple.

Left fielder Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored one run. Second baseman Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 5 with a double and one run scored.

Kane County Cougars

Rained out at Wisconsin. They'll play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks appeased the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 4-1.

Erick Leal started and got the win. He pitched six innings and gave up only four hits, including one run on a solo home run in the fourth inning. He struck out one and walked one.

Sam Wilson pitched the ninth and got his third save. He gave up a two-out single, but nothing else. He struck out two.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford was 2 for 5 with a two-run triple in the seventh inning.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Mariners, 4-3.

Eloy Jimenez hit his third home run.