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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 2

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A Cubs top prospect returns to the mound. The two newest Cubs have successful debuts.

Dylan Heuer

I'm going to leave the BCB Minor League Player of the Month voting up until tomorrow's Wrap. And the voting for Pitcher of the Month will start tomorrow morning.

So don't forget to vote.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were thunderstruck by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 6-2.

Starter Dallas Beeler put the Cubs in a hole when he allowed four runs in the third inning. Beeler took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked one.

DH Josh Vitters hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his second home run in as many nights. Vitters now has 11 home runs this season. He was 1 for 4 with a walk.

Matt Szczur was 2 for 5 with a double to lead off the game. Unfortunately, he quickly got picked off second base.

Third baseman Kris Bryant was 1 for 2 with two walks. He scored the other Iowa run.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were burned by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 2-1.

C.J. Edwards made his return to the Smokies mound for the first time since April 20. For the most part, it was a successful return. Edwards allowed one run on two hits (both doubles) in 3.1 innings. The run scored after he left the game in the fourth inning when right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha just overran a fly ball. Edwards struck out five and walked two.

Tony Zych pitched 1.1 innings and allowed only one hit. The bad news is that one hit was a solo home run in the 7th inning that provided the difference in the game. Zych walked one and struck out no one.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning to plate Tennessee's only run. He was 1 for 3.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were no-hit by the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays), 10-0 in a rain-shortened 5 1/2 inning game.

Tyler Skulina started and only lasted one inning as the Cubs have a individual inning pitch limit in the lower minors. Skulina gave up three runs on three walks and one hit. He also hit a batter and had two wild pitches.

Congratulations to the Stone Crabs Blake Snell, who got the six-inning no hitter.

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya walked both times he came to the plate.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars jailed the Quad Cities River Bandits (Astros), 8-2.

It was a successful Cubs debut for Jonathan Martinez, the pitcher the Cubs received from the Dodgers in the Darwin Barney trade. Martinez improved his record to 8-5 (his stats with Great Lakes carry over) by allowing only one run on three hits over five innings. The lone run allowed was a solo home run in the third inning. He struck out two and didn't walk anyone.

It wasn't the only successful Cubs debut tonight as Martinez's battery mate, catcher Victor Caratini had two RBI singles in a 2 for 4 game. He also had an RBI ground out for three total RBI. In case you didn't hear, the Cubs received Caratini from the Braves for James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio.

DH Ben Carhart was 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Left fielder Shawon Dunston was 2 for 4 with a double, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly. He scored one run.

First baseman Jacob Rogers was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored once and had one RBI. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and had one RBI.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks were canned by the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 5-4 in ten innings

Hawks starter Erick Leal pitched five innings and allowed three runs on nine hits, two of which were solo home runs. Leal struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Alberto Diaz entered the game in the seventh inning and pitched three scoreless innings to take the game into extra innings. But he then loaded the bases with nobody out in the tenth after a double and two hit batsmen. After a force out at the plate, Diaz walked in the go-ahead run and took the loss. Diaz allowed one run on three hits over 3.1 innings. Diaz struck out four and had that one crucial walk.

Catcher Justin Marra tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a three-run home run, his seventh home run of the season. He was 1 for 4.

First baseman Danny Canela was 2 for 4 and he scored one run.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Giants, 7-3.