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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 23

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Kyle Schwarber homered twice. So did Dan Vogelbach. Kris Bryant only had one HR, but he walked four times. Jorge Soler had no home runs, but was 5 for 5. And oh yeah, the Cougars won their 13th straight game.

Kyle Schwarber
Kyle Schwarber
Sue Skowronski

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs snapped their eight-game losing streak, 10-7 over the Reno Aces. (Diamondbacks)

Starter Chris Rusin went seven innings and allowed five runs on ten hits. He walked two and struck out no one. Yet that was good enough for the win.

Brian Schlitter pitched a rehab inning in this game. He gave up a run on one hit.

Third baseman Kris Bryant hit his 42nd home run of the year to right-center field in the sixth inning with the bases empty. Bryant was a perfect 2 for 2 with four walks in this game. He scored three times.

Right fielder Jorge Soler did not have a home run, but he had everything else as he was also perfect, going 5 for 5 with a double and a triple. Soler scored three runs and had two RBI.

Second baseman Andrew Ely hit his first home run in Triple-A when he cranked a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Ely went 2 for 5 with three RBI.

First baseman Jonathan Mota went 3 for 5 with a double. He had three RBI and he scored one run. Catcher Rafael Lopez was 2 for 4 with two walks. He scored one run and batted one in.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were blinded by the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 15-7.

Starter Corey Black had a rough time finding the strike zone tonight. Black pitched 3.2 innings and allowed five runs on only two hits. That's because he walked five and hit one batter. Black struck out four. One of the five runs he allowed was unearned.

Hunter Cervenka entered the game in the top of the seventh with the Smokies leading 7-6. He struck out the first two batters he faced. After that, it wasn't pretty. The next seven batters reached base and all seven would eventually come around to score. He gave up two singles, four walks and one hit batsman.

Lars Anderson gave the Smokies an early 2-0 lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was Anderson's sixth home run this season and second for the Smokies. Anderson was 1 for 4.

Albert Almora hit a two-run home run of his own in the second inning. It was Almora's ninth home run this season and second for the Smokies. Almora went 3 for 4 and also doubled. He scored twice.

Shortstop Addison Russell was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Anthony Giansanti entered the game in the seventh inning as part of a double-switch and went 2 for 2.

Chattanooga won, so Tennessee's lead in the division is now down to one game.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Lakeland Flying Tigers4-2 in eight innings and 4-0.

In the first game, starter Justin Amlung pitched the first four innings and allowed two runs on only two hits. The problem was that he walked five batters. He also struck out five.

Michael Jensen pitched the next three innings and got the win. Jensen gave up only one hit. He struck out five and walked two.

After Daytona scored twice in the top of the eighth, Austin Kirk pitched the bottom of the inning for his second save. Kirk allowed a one-out single, but nothing else. He did not strike anyone out.

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya led off the top of the eighth with his third home run of the season. The next hitter was catcher Kyle Schwarber, and he went back-to-back with his 15th home run this year and seventh for Daytona. (And remember, his first game was on June 13.)

Amaya also tripled in the first inning and scored on a Schwarber sacrifice fly. Amaya was 2 for 4. Schwarber was 2 for 3 with two RBI.

DH Daniel Vogelbach also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. It was his 14th this year. Vogelbach was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Nathan Dorris started game two and got his ninth win. Dorris allowed three hits over 5.2 innings. Dorris walked four and struck out five.

In the fourth inning of game two, Vogelbach hit another solo home run, which gave him 15 on the year. Vogelbach went 1 for 3 with a walk in game two.

In the top of the seventh, Schwarber also hit his second home run of the game with a man on. That makes 16 since June 13 and the fourth game in a row that he has homered. Schwarber was 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI.

With the win, Daytona takes a 2.5 game lead over Tampa with seven games to play.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars won their 13th straight game, 2-1 over the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners).

Starter Ben Wells got his third Kane County win after allowing only one run on six hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Michael Wagner pitched the next two innings and was a perfect six up, six down. Four of them went down by strikeout and all of them were swinging.

Both Kane County runs came on a two-run home run in the fifth inning by right fielder Jeffrey Baez. It was his 12th home run this year and fifth for the Cougars. He was 1 for 2.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks lost to the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 4-1.

Starter James Norwood took the loss after he gave up just one run on two hits (the first two batters he faced) in three innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 1 for 3 with a double and a sacrifice fly.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Brewers, 14-3. Or was that the Packers?