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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 19

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The Cougars keep winning and Iowa keeps losing. The Smokies lost one that they should have won.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost their fifth straight game, 4-2 to the Salt Lake Bees (Angels).

Cubs starter Dallas Beeler pitched well but still got the loss. He went seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out one.

DH Manny Ramirez came to bat in the fourth inning against Randy Wolf and connected for a two-run home run, his third of the season. Ramirez was 1 for 3 with a walk. Ramirez last homered off of Randy Wolf in 2001.

Center fielder Junior Lake was 4 for 5.

Mike Olt left this game in the ninth inning with a hamstring injury. There was no word on its severity.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies allowed five runs in the bottom of the ninth and got jammed by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 7-6. The loss snaps Tennessee's six-game winning streak.

C.J. Edwards started and did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. He finished the game with five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits. Edwards walked two and struck out seven.

Frank Batista entered the game with a man on and no outs in the ninth inning and a 6-2 lead. The next two batters reached on errors to load the bases. After an infield single made it 6-3 and a sacrifice fly made it 6-4, Batista gave up a three-run home run to end the game. The final line for Batista was four runs on two hits over a third of an inning. None of the runs were earned.

Shortstop Addison Russell gave the Smokies a 6-0 lead in the seventh inning with a grand slam, his tenth home run of the year for the Smokies. Russell also had an RBI double in a  2 for 5 game. He scored twice and had those five RBI.

Update: The Russell slam.

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Chattanooga beat Birmingham, so the Smokies lead over both of those clubs is now three games.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs split a doubleheader with the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), winning game one 4-3 and losing the second game 5-2.

In the first game, Tayler Scott pitched the first five innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked three.

Stephen Perakslis pitched the final three innings and got the win. He hit one batter, which was the only baserunner he allowed. Perakslis struck out two.

Billy McKinney scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Clearwater made two throwing errors on a grounder to second. McKinney was 1 for 3 and had walked in the eighth inning. He scored twice.

With two out in the bottom of the seventh and the bases empty, catcher Kyle Schwarber tied up the game with his 12th home run of the year. He has four home runs with each team he played for. Schwarber was 2 for 4.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 4 with two doubles. He scored one run.

In game two, Jose Rosario pitched the first four innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits. He struck out three and walked two.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly. Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 2 for 3 with an RBI bunt single.

Schwarber played left field in game two and was 2 for 4 in the nightcap.

Brevard County beat Tampa tonight, so Daytona has a three-game lead over both teams with 12 to play.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars won their ninth straight game, 4-3 over the Burlington Bees (Angels).

Starter Paul Blackburn threw five innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. One of the two runs was unearned. Blackburn struck out two and walked one.

Zak Hermans pitched the next three innings and got the win. Hermans gave up one run on four hits. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.

Francisco Carrillo pitched the top of the ninth and collected his fourth save. Carrillo gave up one hit. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.

Burlington had 13 hits in this game. They scored three runs. The Cougars had four hits and scored four runs.

First baseman Jacob Rogers gave the Cougars the lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth.  Rogers was  1 for 3 with a walk.

Center fielder Trey Martin hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. It was his fourth home run of the season. He was 1 for 3.

Although Kane County has won nine games in a row, they only lead Cedar Rapids by one game, as the Kernels have won eight in a row. But again, it doesn't matter where the Cougars finish as they have already qualified for the playoffs.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks were shut out by the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 2-0.

Starter Josh Conway allowed two hits but no runs over the first three innings. He had neither a walk nor a strikeout.

Ryan Williams allowed two unearned runs in the sixth inning after an error by shortstop Bryant Flete to lead off the inning. He was the hard-luck loser after allowing only the two unearned runs on five hits over four innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Left fielder Kevin Brown was 3 for 4 with a double. Right fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 4 with a double. DH Alex Tomasovich was 2 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Giants, 7-0.