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Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 8

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It was a night of ninth-inning comebacks that fell short. One was good and two were bad.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs dumped the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros), 8-5.

It was a homecoming of sorts for starter Dallas Beeler, who pitched in his home state of Oklahoma for the first time as a professional. (Although Beeler is from Tulsa, not OKC.) He made his friends and family happy by getting his eighth win of the year. He gave up three runs on nine hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked one.

Blake Parker got his 22nd save with 1.1 scoreless innings. He gave up a single with two outs in the ninth, but nothing else. He struck out two.

It was a big night for right fielder Jorge Soler. Soler hit a two-run home run in the third inning and an RBI double in the sixth. He was 2 for 3 with two walks, one intentional. Soler scored three runs.

First baseman Mike Olt went 2 for 5 with a double. He scored two runs and had one run batted in.

Left fielder Josh Vitters went 2 for 5. Shortstop Elliot Soto was 2 for 5 with an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies dropped both games of a doubleheader to the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks), 8-1 and 4-1.

In the first game, starter Corey Black took the loss after he allowed four solo home runs in only 3.1 innings. Black gave up five total runs on six hits. He walked one and failed to strike anyone out.

Center fielder Albert Almora singled and scored in the third inning. He was 1 for 4.

In game two, C.J. Edwards gave up three runs in the first inning. He settled down after that, but of course still got the loss. Edwards pitched four innings and allowed three runs on three hits. He struck out four and walked two.

First baseman Dustin Geiger was 2 for 3 with two doubles. Catcher Luis Flores was 2 for 3 and scored the lone Tennessee run. Lars Anderson was 2 for 3.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs scored five runs in the top of the ninth, but that wasn't enough as they lost to the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), 8-7.

Starter Jose Rosario gave up two runs on seven hits over six innings. Both runs scored on a pair of solo home runs. Rosario struck out seven and walked one.

Nathan Dorris relieved Rosario in the seventh inning and he had a miserable night. He gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced and a solo home run to the last batter he faced. In between, he pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed six runs on five hits. he walked one and didn't strike out anyone. Even one of the outs he recorded was a sacrifice bunt.

Catcher Chadd Krist hit a three-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth to get Daytona to within a run, but then Jordan Hankins flew out to end the game. It was Krist's fourth home run of the year and he was 2 for 5.

Right fielder Rock Shoulders was 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. Shoulders scored twice.

DH Billy McKinney went 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored once and had one RBI. His OBP in 29 games in the Cubs organization is now .439. And he's still only 19 for the next two weeks.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach went 2 for 5 with a double. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 4.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars harvested the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 6-5.

Jonathan Martinez pitched the first three innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked one and did not record a strikeout.

Michael Wagner got the win because Martinez didn't go five innings, but he certainly deserved it more as he pitched four innings without allowing a run. He gave up only two hits and didn't walk anyone. He struck out five.

Michael Heesch got into a ton of trouble in the ninth inning. The Cougars led 6-2 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, but Heesch gave up three runs before exiting for Marco Carrillo.  Carrillo entered the game with a man on second and one out, but after a walk, a strikeout and hitting a batter, the bases were loaded with two outs. Carrillo then got his second strikeout to get his first save of the season.

The Cougars bullpen was obviously a little short-handed tonight.

The Cougars scored three runs in the first inning on a base-loaded double by first baseman Jacob Rogers. Rogers was 2 for 4 and scored once.

Shortstop Danny Lockhart was 2 for 4 with two doubles. He drove in two runs in the sixth inning with one of those doubles.

Catcher Cael Brockmeyer was 3 for 4 with one run scored and one RBI. Second baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 5 with one run scored.

Left fielder Shawon Dunston was 2 for 5 with his 19th stolen base on the year. He scored one run.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks had their wings clipped by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 4-3.

Trevor Graham started and took the loss. Graham pitched five innings and surrendered four runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked two.

The Hawks trailed 4-2 in the top of the ninth when DH Justin Marra and third baseman Jesse Hodges hit back-to-back doubles. But Hodges as the tying run was stranded at second base. Marra was 3 for 4 and scored the one run. Hodges was 1 for 4 with two RBI.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Giants, 6-2.

Jake Stinnett threw two scoreless innings in this game.