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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 18

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The Smokies won their sixth in a row as they extend their second-half lead. The Cougars won their eighth in a row.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost their fourth straight game, 7-5 to the Salt Lake Bees (Angels).

Chris Rusin started and took the loss. Rusin allowed six runs on nine hits over 6.1 innings. Two of those nine hits were solo home runs. Rusin walked three (one intentional) and struck out three.

Second baseman Logan Watkins was 2 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI.

Left fielder Ryan Kalish was 3 for 4. He had one RBI and he scored once. Catcher Rafael Lopez went 2 for 4 and scored once.

Omaha won again, so Iowa fell three games back of first with 13 to play. Things don't look good.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies burnt the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 7-1. It was their sixth win in a row.

Corey Black started and collected his sixth win. Black pitched five innings and allowed one run on six hits, but mostly on that solo home run he gave up in the fourth inning. Black struck out four and walked two.

Shortstop Addison Russell hit his ninth home run for the Smokies in the eighth inning with a man on. Russell also doubled and scored in the sixth inning. He was 2 for 5.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva was 2 for 5 with two doubles. He scored once and doubled home Russell in the sixth.

Center fielder Albert Almora was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. He scored on the Russell home run.

DH Charles Cutler was 2 for 5 with a run scored. First baseman Lars Anderson was 2 for 5.

Birmingham beat Chattanooga and in doing so passed the Lookouts for second place behind the Smokies, three games back.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs game was postponed due to wet grounds. They'll play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Tampa lost, so Daytona's lead in the North Division of the Florida State League increased to 2.5 games.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars won their eighth straight game, 2-1 over the Burlington Bees (Angels) in ten innings.

Another strong start for Jen-Ho Tseng, who gave up a solo home run in the second inning, but that was the only run he allowed over six innings of work. Tseng surrendered four hits. He struck out five and walked no one.

Jasvir Rakkar pitched the final 1.2 innings without allowing a hit and got the win. He walked one and struck out no one.

With his dad watching him from the stands for the first time ever in a minor league game, Shawon Dunston singled home Trey Martin in the bottom of the tenth to win the game. Dunston was 2 for 3 with a walk and he scored the other Cougars' run in the third inning. He also had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home from left field in the top of the first. When asked for comment, Dunston's dad said "He played very well."

First baseman Jacob Rogers was 2 for 4.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks were buried under lava by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 7-3.

Trevor Clifton pitched the first four innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out three.

Ryan McNeil pitched the fifth inning and gave up a two-run home run, which tagged him with the loss. McNeil allowed two runs on two hits over one inning. He did not walk anyone and struck out two.

Left fielder Kevin Brown hit a two-run home run in the third inning, his third of the season. Brown was 1 for 4.

Right fielder Charcer Burks was 3 for 4 with a triple. He scored on the Brown home run and had the other Boise RBI himself.

DH Justin Marra went 2 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the White Sox, 4-1.