Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/30/14

Iowa claimed a doubleheader sweep, and Boise shut out Vancouver Wednesday. However, Tennessee, Daytona, Kane County and Mesa all lost their matchups. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s minor league action.

Iowa Cubs (59-54)
1st Place (+0.5)

GAME 1: Iowa took the first game of the doubleheader at New Orleans, backing a seven-inning, complete-game shutout from LHP Eric Jokisch to win 9-0.

  • Jokisch recorded his 12th quality start of the season and his second career shutout.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.345) recorded his third-straight two-hit game, ripping his fourth double and knocking in his fourth run.
  • 2B Javier Baez (.254) launched a three-run homer in the fourth for his team-leading 20th blast of the year.
  • RF Jorge Soler (.316) belted a two-run shot to knock in his third and fourth runs since joining Iowa.

GAME 2: Iowa completed the doubleheader sweep with a 2-1 win at New Orleans, despite being outhit, 6-5.

  • RHP Yoanner Negrin fanned five over five innings, giving up one earned run.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.312) singled in both games of the doubleheader, swiping his fifth bag in Game 2.
  • RF Jorge Soler (.316) added a double (2) and a walk in three plate appearances. He has hit safely in five of his six starts for the I-Cubs (.353/6-for-17).
  • RHP Kyuji Fujikawa (1.80) continued his rehab assignment and earned a hold with a scoreless sixth.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (1.02) recorded his first save, finishing the seventh.

Tennessee Smokies (20-20)
2nd Place (-1.5)

Tennessee scored first, but could not hold the lead at Birmingham, as the Barons prevailed, 7-3.

  • CF Albert Almora (.226) launched his first home run in seven games with the Smokies, and his eighth on the year, as part of a two-hit effort. His 2-for-4 line gives him six hits in his last three games.
  • DH Charles Cutler (.319) hit a two-run homer in the ninth. All five of his homers have come with runners on base.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.281) finished 2-for-4 with his team-leading 23rd double.
  • 1B Lars Anderson (.409) and SS Addison Russell (.313) each singled twice. Anderson is 9-for-22 with seven walks in seven games with Tennessee, good for a .533 OBP.

Daytona Cubs (25-13)
1st Place (+4.5)

Daytona pitching allowed five runs in the eighth inning to fall to visiting Bradenton, 9-7.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.370) hit his first home run in seven games with Daytona, and his seventh on the year. He finished 3-for-5 with two runs and his third RBI.
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.298) followed Hannemann with a 3-for-4 game, scoring twice, knocking in one (44) and drawing a walk.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.301) knocked in two runs. He now has 22 RBI in just 24 games with Daytona, and 55 on the year between Stockton and the Cubs.
  • RHP Michael Jensen (3.06) recorded his second hold, allowing three runs while retiring just one Marauder to begin the eighth.
  • RHP Zack Godley (3-2, 4.40) suffered the blown save (2) and his second loss, allowing two runs in 1.2 innings.

Kane County Cougars (22-16)
T-1st Place (–)

Kane County’s losing streak grew to a season-long five games as they were shut out in Wisconsin, 2-0.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one earned run over seven innings, striking out three and walking none. He’s allowed more than two runs just three times in 15 games (14 starts).
  • 2B Chesny Young (.333) recorded the Cougars’ lone multihit effort, singling twice. He has six hits in five games since being promoted to Kane County.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.100) doubled for his first extra-base hit in 10 games as a Cougar.

Boise Hawks (4-5)
T-3rd Place (-3.0)

Boise came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat Vancouver at home, 8-7, on a walk-off error from Canadians 2B Tim Locastro.

  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.260) finished 3-for-5 with a double (5) and scored the game-winning run on Locastro’s error. Hodges has recorded four three-hit games this month.
  • C Mark Malave (.284, 3 2B), SS Bryant Flete (.296, 1 2B) and RF Charcer Burks (.367, 3 2B) all doubled in the game.
  • Boise was 6-for-17 with runners in scoring position, a .353 mark.
  • RHP Trey Lang (1-0, 1.59) tossed two perfect innings of relief and struck out five to earn his first career win.

Mesa Cubs (1-3)
T-3rd Place (-3.0)

After falling to the AZL Angels at home on Tuesday, Mesa dropped an away contest at the Angels, 5-4.

  • DH Alberto Mineo (.287) and 2B Andrew Ely (.366) both recorded triples. Mineo knocked in two (17), finishing 2-for-4.
  • Mesa stole four bases—one each from CF Kevonte Mitchell (.306, 7 SB) and 3B Varonex Cuevas (.323, 1 SB), and two from SS Gleyber Torres (.280, 5 SB).

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