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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 17

The Smokies won their fifth game in a row. Boise made a spectacular comeback to keep their postseason hopes alive.

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There are just two weeks left in the minor league season.

In case you didn't hear, Kris Bryant has a foot "contusion" and is day-to-day.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs got buzzed by the Salt Lake Bees (Angels), 3-2.

Starter Felix Doubront had the minimum results for a "quality start," but that wasn't enough as he got his first loss in the Cubs organization. Doubront allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Catcher Eli Whiteside doubled in the bottom of the ninth to put runners on second and third and only one out. But after an RBI groundout, Whiteside was stranded at third as the tying run when Ryan Kalish struck out. He was 2 for 4.

Left fielder Josh Vitters was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the sixth inning.

Omaha won again, so Iowa fell two games back of first place.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies burned the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 7-3.

Felix Peña started and got the win. He pitched 6.1 innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha hit a two run home run in the fourth inning, his fifth of the season. Ha was 3 for 4 and scored twice.

Center fielder Albert Almora was 3 for 5. He scored once and had one RBI.

DH Taylor Davis was 3 for 4 and scored twice. Left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 2 for 5 with one run scored and two RBI.

Second baseman Stephen Bruno was 2 for 4.

It was Tennessee's fifth straight win. Chattanooga lost, so Tennessee has a three game lead

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were bombed by the Tampa Yankees, 8-7.

Juan Paniagua put the Cubs in a deep hole, allowing six runs on seven hits over 3.1 innings. Two of the runs were unearned. He walked three and struck out two as his record fell to 1-4.

Daytona trailed in this game 8-1 after four innings and almost came all the way back. They got to within a run in the eighth inning when catcher Willson Contreras hit a three-run home run, his fourth of the season. Contreras was 2 for 4.

An inning earlier, right fielder Bijan Rademacher hit a solo home run, which was his seventh blast of the year. Rademacher was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Left fielder Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 5 with a double and a triple. He scored twice.

With the loss, Daytona's lead over Tampa for first place fell to two games.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars swept a doubleheader from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 9-0 and 3-0.

In the first game, Daury Torrez was strong for five innings, giving up just one first inning single. He walked two and struck out three to improve his record to 11-5.

David Garner pitched the final two innings for his first save, giving up just one hit. He did not walk or strike anyone out.

Center fielder Jeffrey Baez led off the seventh inning with his ninth home run of the year and second for Kane County. That was the start of a seven-run inning. Baez was 1 for 2 with two walks. He also stole a base

Catcher Victor Caratini had a two-run single in that seventh inning. He was 3 for 4 with three total RBI. He scored once.

Left fielder Shawon Dunston was 2 for 4. He scored a run when he stole third base and the throw went into left field. Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Shortstop Carlos Penalver went 2 for 4. He doubled and scored in the seventh inning.

In the second game, starting pitcher Ben Wells got the win after he pitched five innings and allowed just three hits. Wells walked two and struck out two.

Francisco Carrillo threw the seventh inning for his third save. He faced five batters: two of them he walked and three of them he struck out.

Jeffrey Baez once again hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. Baez played right field in this game and was 1 for 3.

Penalver was 2 for 3 with another double in the second game. He scored one run.

Kane County has a one-game lead over Cedar Rapids in the second half, but it doesn't matter as Kane County won the first half. They did win their 80th overall game of the year today.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks trailed 5-0 after one inning, but they came back to cap the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 7-6.

James Norwood put the Hawks in the hole. He didn't make it out of the first inning, giving up five runs on three hits and three walks over two-thirds of an inning. He did not strike anyone out.

James Farris relieved Norwood and did allow two inherited runners to score, but he finished throwing 2.1 innings and not allowing any runs of his own. He and Brad Markey, who pitched three scoreless innings, managed to keep the game from getting out of hand.

Boise still trailed 5-0 going into the seventh inning when Daniel Lewis entered the game. Lewis pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh but after the Hawks tied it in the top of the eighth, he gave up a run as Salem-Keizer retook the lead. Lewis got the win when Boise scored two runs in the top of the ninth. Lewis pitched two innings and allowed one run on two hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Corbin Hoffner pitched a perfect ninth inning to get his first save. He struck out one.

The Hawks re-took the lead in the top of the ninth inning when left fielder Kevin Brown hit a two-run home run, his second of the season. Brown was 2 for 5 with a double, the home run and three RBI.

The Hawks temporarily tied the score in the top of the eighth on a solo home run by third baseman Jesse Hodges. It was his seventh of the season. Hodgers was 2 for 4 with a walk.

Right fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and a walk. Burks scored twice and had a two-run double in the seventh inning to plate Boise's first two runs of the game.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored once.

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With the win, Boise gets to within two games of Salem-Keizer for a playoff spot.

AZL Cubs

Beat the White Sox 3-0 in game one. Lost to the White Sox 2-1 in game two.