Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/21/14

Iowa racked up four home runs on its way to a win, Daytona’s pitching was on in a victory and Kane County picked up its 30th win of the season with a win Wednesday. Meanwhile, Tennessee was outslugged in a loss. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (23-20)
2nd Place (-1.0)

Iowa hit four home runs in a 6-2 victory at Round Rock.

  • LHP Eric Jokisch pitched seven innings, giving up one earned run and striking out seven to pick up his third win of the season.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.243) recorded his first multi-homer game of the year, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and tied a season high with his three RBI (15).
  • SS Javier Baez (.178) extended his hitting streak to six games (.348/8-for-23) with an eighth-inning, solo home run.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara’s (.270) fourth blast of the season was the first leadoff homer by an Iowa Cub since Darnell McDonald turned the trick on August 5 of last year at Tacoma.
  • DH Justin Ruggiano (.182) went 0-for-4 in the third game of his major league rehab assignment.
  • RHP Frank Batista (9.00) recorded the final two outs of the contest to earn his first save with Iowa.

Tennessee Smokies (24-21)
2nd Place (-6.5)

Mobile first baseman Jon Griffin tied a Southern League record by clubbing four home runs (7 RBI), as he helped the BayBears rout the Smokies, 17-7.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.323) blasted his Southern League-leading 12th homer with a first-inning, solo shot.
  • SS Wes Darvill (.232) went 1-for-3 with a ninth-inning, two-run homer.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.304) recorded Tennessee’s lone multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double (12).

Daytona Cubs (16-26)
5th Place (-14.5)

Daytona limited host Bradenton to just five hits in a 4-2 victory.

  • SS Marco Hernandez (.287) went 2-for-4 with a double (5), a home run and three RBI (17).
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.310) recorded his seventh, three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a double (3) and one RBI (9).
  • C Willson Contreras (.208) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and his second double of the year.
  • RHP Trevor Graham (1-0, 0.00) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings of relief while fanning four to earn the win.
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (1.31) worked 1.1 innings to earn his third save of the season.

Kane County Cougars (30-16)
1st Place (+3.5)

Kane County won its Midwest League-leading 30th game, beating host Wisconsin, 8-2.

  • RHP Duane Underwood picked up the win, giving up no earned runs on two hits while fanning five over five innings.
  • DH Ben Carhart (.275) went 3-for-4 with two runs, a walk, a double (10) and one RBI (17).
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.214), SS Carlos Penalver (.241) and RF Yasiel Balaguert (.237) all recorded two hits apiece.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.248) went 2-for-3 with a run scored, two doubles (9) and two RBI (13).
  • RHP Tyler Bremer (2.25) struck out four hitters over two scoreless innings of relief.

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