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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 5

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Baez homered! And even without a Baez in Iowa, the I-Cubs are having no trouble finding power.

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Cubs standings update:

Iowa is in first place with a game and a half lead over Omaha.

Tennessee has a half game lead over second-place Birmingham

Daytona has opened up a five game lead over Tampa despite going a week between wins.

Kane County is tied for first place with Cedar Rapids. Kane County won the first half, so their record in the second half is actually pretty irrelevant.

Boise is in last place, but only three games out of first place as the second half is only 13 games old. They tied for first place in the first half, but lost the playoff spot on the tiebreaker.

Things look good right now.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs dispersed the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 7-4.

It was the second straight strong start for Dan Straily, who pitched seven innings and allowed two runs, both unearned. Straily allowed six hits and he dominated the strike zone, striking out nine Omaha batters and not walking anyone.

Zac Rosscup had to to bail out Alberto Cabrera in the ninth inning, facing one batter. With two men on, he got a fly out to center field and got his fourth save.

First baseman Mike Olt hit a grand slam in the third inning, his second home run for Iowa. Olt was 2 for 4 with a walk.

Right fielder Jorge Soler hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. He also had an RBI double in the first inning and an RBI single in the third. He was 3 for 5. It was Soler's 11th homer of the year and fourth for Iowa.

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Third baseman Kris Bryant was 2 for 3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. He scored twice.

Tennessee Smokies

Off day. On the bus to Mobile.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs tamed the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), 3-1.

Starter Rob Zastryzny allowed one run on five hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked only one.

Stephen Perakslis got the win after pitching the next three innings. He gave up one baserunner, a two-out walk in the sixth inning. He did not have a strikeout.

Zack Godley made it interesting, but he didn't allow a run in the ninth and got his fourth save. He gave up a hit and walk while striking out two.

Daytona came into this game having not won since July 29 and having not scored a run since July 30. There were a few rainouts in that span, but they ended a 33 inning scoreless streak in the top of the eighth when first baseman Dan Vogelbach's sac fly scored Jacob Hannemann. After the next batter, Rock Shoulders, walked, Billy McKinney delivered a two-out two-run single that would prove to be the difference in the game.

Hannemann was 2 for 5. Shoulders was 0 for 1 with three walks.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars split a doubleheader with the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals), losing the continuation of yesterday's game 4-1 and taking the seven-inning second game by the same score of 4-1.

Duane Underwood started this game yesterday and faced four batters before the rains came. He allowed two hits, got a ground out and struck one batter out before the rains came.

So Jen-Ho Tseng started today with a man on, two out and the score tied 1-1. He gave up a two-run home run to the first batter he faced. After that, Tseng was excellent, and he finished the night throwing 6.1 innings and allowing one run on two hits. He struck out two and walked one. Underwood naturally took the loss because he was responsible for the runner on base.

Second baseman Danny Lockhart was 2 for 3 with a double and a stolen base. Third baseman Chesny Young went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base in game one.

In the seven-inning second game, starter Ben Wells dominated the team he played for in 2012 and got his fifth win of the season and first with Kane County. Wells allowed only one run on four hits over six innings. He only walked one and did not record a strikeout.

Tyler Bremer threw a perfect seventh inning for his 11th save. He struck out one.

Center fielder Jeffrey Baez hit his first Kane County home run with the bases empty in the top of the seventh. Baez was 1 for 3.

Second baseman Young and DH Ben Carhart pulled off a double-steal of second and home. in the top of the first. Young was 2 for 3 and was the one who stole home. He also had one RBI. Carhart was 0 for 3.

Shawon Dunston was 2 for 4 and also stole a base. He scored twice.

Boise Hawks

The Northwest League All-Star Game ended in a 0-0 tie after 10 innings.

Of the Hawks that played, Rashad Crawford started in center field and was 0 for 3. Mark Zagunis started in right field and was 1 for 2 with a double. Justin Marra was the starting catcher and was 0 for 2. Jesse Hodges started at third base and was 0 for 3.

Danny Canela came off the bench and went 0 for 2.

AZL Cubs

Off day.