Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/21/14

Daytona battled back, Kane County kept its streak alive, Boise improved to .500, and Mesa posted a shutout victory Thursday. Iowa’s ugly skid continued, while Tennessee couldn’t hold a lead. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-67)
3rd Place (-3.0)

Iowa fell to .500 with the team’s seventh-straight loss, a 7-2 decision at the Reno Aces.

  • CF Junior Lake (.316) hit a solo homer with two out in the fifth inning, his first at any level since June 17 at Miami with Chicago.
  • 2B Jonathan Mota (.224) went 2-for-4 with a run and his fourth double in his first multihit game since July 27 with Tennessee at Birmingham.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.206) snapped a three-game hitless skid (0-for-9) with two singles in four at-bats, knocking in his ninth run.

Tennessee Smokies (32-28)
1st Place (+3.0)

Tennessee jumped ahead with a three-run second, but surrendered the lead, falling 8-4 at Montgomery.

  • LF Lars Anderson (.341) went 2-for-4 with a run and his ninth double, extending his hitting streak to five games (.333/7-for-21).
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.277) has hit in 11 of his last 12 games, singling twice yesterday and driving in two (39). He is hitting .326 (14-for-43) over the stretch.
  • C Charles Cutler (.312) tallied his 24th multihit game of the year, finishing 2-for-3 with a run.
  • RHP Tony Zych (5.30), RHP Zach Cates (4.85) and LHP Jeff Lorick (3.84) combined to allow just one unearned run on two hits over 5.2 frames of relief.

Daytona Cubs (33-25)
1st Place (+2.0)

Daytona came back from down 2-0 to take the series finale over visiting Clearwater, 5-4.

  • LHP Rob Zastryzny gave up one earned run over seven innings, fanning five to pick up the win.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.271) hit a solo shot in Daytona’s three-run fifth. Rademacher has five homers since the beginning of July after hitting just three through the first three months.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.267) finished 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, his second with Daytona. Hannemann’s multi-RBI performance was his second since joining Daytona.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.281) extended his hitting streak to eight games (.393/12-for-30) with a solo homer to lead off the eighth, adding two walks and a stolen base (3). Schwarber has eight extra-base hits and four two-hit games during the streak.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.308) knocked his third triple with Daytona and fifth of the year.
  • LHP Austin Kirk (2.95) earned his first hold, allowing two unearned runs over 1.2 frames.
  • RHP Zack Godley (3.75) recorded the final out for his fifth save.

Kane County Cougars (39-20)
1st Place (+2.0)

Kane County set a new franchise record for home wins with their 51st such victory and season-high 11th win in a row. The Cougars took the series opener over Clinton, 7-3.

  • RHP Jonathan Martinez gave up three hits and no runs over five innings, striking out seven in the win.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.269) finished with a season-high four hits, a run and his team-leading 62nd RBI.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.240) recorded his 12th multihit effort with Kane County and second in as many games.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.338) doubled (5) and drove in two (6).
  • SS Danny Lockhart (.282) tripled for the third time this season.
  • DH Mark Zagunis (.250) doubled (3), scored three runs and stole his third base in just six games with the Cougars.
  • RHP Francisco Carrillo (2.16) recorded the final out for his fifth save of the season.

Boise Hawks (14-14)
3rd Place (-4.5)

Boise improved to .500, besting host Vancouver in a 13-inning marathon, 5-3.

  • DH David Bote (.276) doubled twice (11) and drove in three (16), including a two-run, game-winning double in the 13th inning. Three other Hawks—RF Charcer Burks (.326), 3B Jesse Hodges (.263) and SS Bryant Flete (.309)—recorded two-hit efforts.
  • 2B Jason Vosler (.275) hit his third triple of the season, finishing 1-for-5.
  • RHP Corbin Hoffner (1-1, 1.69) recorded his first win with Boise, tossing three innings of relief as part of a four-man, 10.2 scoreless-inning effort from the bullpen.

Mesa Cubs (8-12)
5th Place (-6.5)

Mesa shut out the visiting D-backs in a seven-inning contest, winning 6-0.

  • RHP Alex Santana gave up no earned runs over six innings, striking out four. Santana earned his third win in his first quality start. It was his third of four starts allowing zero earned runs.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.667) went 2-for-3 with an RBI (1) in his first game with Mesa.
  • 2B Ho-young Son (.321) tallied two hits, including his second double, and scored a run.
  • DH Eloy Jimenez (.240, 24 RBI) and C Alberto Mineo (.262, 23 RBI) drove in two runs apiece.
  • Rehabbing RHP Brian Schlitter completed the shutout with a perfect seventh inning before the game was called.

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