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Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/23/14

Only Iowa and Mesa picked up victories Monday, with Tennessee, Daytona and Boise all on the losing end of the scoreboard. Meanwhile, Kane County had a scheduled off-day and will pick up the action Tuesday night. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (39-36)
3rd Place (-2.0)

3B Kris Bryant hit his third homer in two nights as the I-Cubs topped the visiting Isotopes, 4-3, for their second consecutive one-run win. Iowa is 11-8 in one-run games on the season.

  • RHP Dallas Beeler earned the win, pitching six innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out two.
  • Bryant (.222) is 4-for-18 with four home runs in five games since joining Iowa. He finished 1-for-2 with two walks, a run, the solo shot and one RBI (6). Between his time in Tennessee and now Iowa, Bryant has homered once every 10.23 at-bats this season (26 HR, 266 AB).
  • 1B Chris Valaika (.304) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. In his last six games, he is 11-for-24 (.458) with four runs, four doubles, two homers and four RBI.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.286), SS Javier Baez (.226) and LF Matt Szczur (.244) all tallied two singles apiece. Baez also swiped his 14th bag, tied for 11th in the league.
  • After Beeler’s seventh quality start in 10 tries, RHP Arodys Vizcaino (13.50, 1 H) and LHP Zac Rosscup (2.76, 6 H) each threw a scoreless frame to earn holds. RHP Blake Parker followed with a scoreless ninth to convert his league-leading 16th save.

Tennessee Smokies (3-2)
T-1st Place (–)

Tennessee fell to 3-2 in their five-game home series with Chattanooga to begin the second half of the season. The Lookouts jumped ahead with a three-run first and never looked back, winning 7-3.

  • Tennessee tallied just four singles on the day, including a pinch-hit, two-out single from Taylor Davis (.286, 13 RBI) to knock in two in the seventh inning.
  • After Gardner lasted just 3.2 innings, LHP Jeffry Antigua (1.80), RHP Lendy Castillo (3.15), LHP Jeff Lorick (5.45) and RHP Tony Zych (3.93) combined to allow just one earned run over 5.1 innings, fanning six and walking just one.

Daytona Cubs (3-2)
T-1st Place (–)

Daytona did not produce a run on seven hits and two walks, falling 8-0 to host Tampa.

  • 3B Jordan Hankins (.286) notched Daytona’s lone extra-base hit with a third-inning double (1).
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.273) and CF Albert Almora (.247) each swatted two singles.
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (5.25) provided 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. Five of his last seven relief appearances have been for more than three outs. He has kept opponents scoreless in six of his last eight games.

Boise Hawks (4-7)
4th Place (-3.0)

After beginning the season 4-1, the Hawks have dropped their last six, all on the road, including yesterday’s 12-6 defeat at the hands of first-place Spokane.

  • 1B Daniel Canela (.278) launched his second homer of the season to lead off the fourth. He ranks third on the team with 17 total bases.
  • LF Kevin Brown (.317) went 2-for-4 with a run, a double (6), a triple (1) and two RBI (8).
  • Eight of the nine Hawks hitters recorded at least one hit.

Mesa Cubs (2-1)
T-1st Place (–)

Down 6-3, Mesa took over with a five-run sixth inning to beat the host Angels, 9-6.

  • CF Charcer Burks (.600) continued his tear, going 3-for-4 with two runs, two doubles (3), two RBI (6) and a stolen base (2). After three games, Burks leads the Arizona League in average, slugging percentage (.933) and OPS (1.533). He sits tied for the league lead in OBP (.600, tied with teammate Alberto Mineo), runs (7), hits (9) and doubles (3).
  • Four Mesa hitters—1B Alberto Mineo (.556), DH Tyler Alamo (.333), LF Ricardo Marcano (.267) and 3B Adonis Paula (.250)—finished with two hits in five tries at the plate.
  • C Tyler Pearson (.200) recorded his first hit of the season, a fourth-inning triple. He scored two runs.
  • RHP Jeferson Mejia (1-0, 0.00) struck out nine over five innings of relief, allowing two unearned runs and earning his first win.
  • The Cubs have scored 33 runs in their first three games (9, 15, 9).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/22/14

Iowa battled back behind an excellent night from Kris Bryant, Tennessee’s pitching was good enough to secure a win, Daytona rallied late, and Mesa picked up its first victory of the year. Kane County managed to split a doubleheader, while Boise continued to sputter. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (38-36)
3rd Place (-3.0)

Thanks to a two-homer night from 3B Kris Bryant, Iowa erased a 5-2 deficit to beat Albuquerque at home, 7-6.

  • Following two consecutive hitless games with six strikeouts, 3B Kris Bryant (.188) launched his second and third home runs since joining Iowa. He finished with two runs and three RBI (5).
  • 1B Chris Valaika (.303) went 3-for-4 with a two-run shot in the third to put Iowa on the board. In his last six games, he is 10-for-21 (.476) with four runs, three doubles, two homers and four RBI.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.283) and C Rafael Lopez (.300) added two hits apiece, including Alcantara’s league-leading 10th triple.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (1-0, 0.00) pitched a perfect eighth to get the win.
  • RHP Blake Parker (1.37) recorded his league-best 15th save, allowing one unearned run in the ninth.

Tennessee Smokies (3-1)
1st Place (+1.0)

Tennessee recorded its fifth shutout of 2014, blanking the visiting Lookouts, 4-0, to clinch the series win.

  • RHP Eduardo Figueroa pitched five scoreless innings, striking out three.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.313) hit a two-run shot, his first with the Smokies after tallying six with Iowa.
  • With the departure of Kris Bryant to Iowa, 1B Dustin Geiger (.224) now leads the team with 10 homers. He finished 1-for-2 with a two-run round-tripper of his own.
  • RHP P.J. Francescon (8-4, 3.26) earned the win in relief, spinning two scoreless innings.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.256) went 1-for-3 with a run scored. He was honored as the Southern League Hitter of the Week for June 16-22, after batting .467 in four games with seven hits, one triple, two home runs and four RBI.

Daytona Cubs (3-1)
T-1st Place (–)

Daytona’s wild four-run eighth inning carried the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over host Tampa.

  • LHP Rob Zastryzny gave up no earned runs over five innings, striking out four.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.267) broke up a no-hit bid for Tampa LHP Miguel Sulbaran in the sixth with a one-out double. His 17 two-baggers are tied for seventh in the league.
  • Daytona was limited to just one hit until the eighth, when CF Zeke Devoss (.187), 2B Wes Darvill (.265) and RF Bijan Rademacher (.283) loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, respectively. Thanks to a throwing error by Tampa 1B Matt Snyder, C Willson Contreras (.270) came all the way around on a bases-loaded single, and Iowa took a 4-1 lead.
  • RHP Michael Jensen (4-2, 2.67) earned his fourth win, going 2.2 innings and giving up one run.
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (1.17) followed with one earned run over 1.1 frames for his seventh save.

Kane County Cougars (3-1)
2nd Place (-1.0)

Game 1: Kane County tallied only three hits at home off Cedar Rapids pitching. The Kernels won, 5-0.

  • With no run support, RHP Pierce Johnson suffered the loss in his first appearance with the Cougars. He gave up one run over four innings, striking out two.
  • 2B David Bote (.221) notched the Cougars’ lone extra-base hit, his 10th double of the season.

Game 2: Kane County came back in the nightcap with a seven-inning, walk-off, 3-2 win. After 1B Jacob Rogers homered to tie it, DH Jacob Hannemann continued the heroics with a bases-loaded single.

  • Rogers (.255) finished 2-for-3, including his seventh homer and 19th double of the season. Both figures lead the team.
  • Hannemann’s walk-off single was the third time he reached base, having walked twice in the contest.
  • RHP James Pugliese (3-0, 1.27) earned the win in relief, allowing the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh before the Cougars offense picked him up with the two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Boise Hawks (4-6)
T-3rd Place (-2.0)

Boise lost its fifth-straight contest, falling to host Spokane, 6-2.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.231) hit an RBI triple in the top of the second, becoming the second Northwest Leaguer with two triples.
  • RHP Ryan McNeil (0-1, 6.75) surrendered two runs in 2.2 frames and was saddled with his first loss of the season.

Mesa Cubs (1-1)
3rd Place (-1.0)

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.273) went 3-for-6 with two runs, a walk, a triple, a two-run homer (in the 11th inning), four RBI (4) and two stolen bases (2).
  • DH Shamil Ubiera (.300) went 2-for-5 with a run, a walk, a double (1), a three-run homer, three RBI (4) and a stolen base (1).
  • CF Charcer Burks (.545) went 4-for-6 with three runs, a double (1) and four RBI (4).
  • RHP Yomar Morel (1-0, 0.00) allowed an inherited runner to score in the ninth and suffered his first blown save. He ended up earning the win with no earned runs and four strikeouts over 2.2 innings.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/19/14

The top four levels all won their respective games, including Tennessee’s win in walk-off fashion Thursday. Boise wasn’t able to secure a victory, losing in 11 innings. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (36-35)
3rd Place (-3.5)

3B Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in his Triple-A debut as Iowa beat visiting El Paso, 6-2.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada picked up the win, giving up two earned runs over 6.2 innings, striking out seven.
  • Bryant (.250) launched a two-run shot in the final at-bat of his debut, finishing 1-for-4.
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.280, 31 RBI), 2B Chris Valaika (.295, 34 RBI), and 1B Josh Vitters (.232, 24 RBI) tallied two singles and one RBI each.
  • In relief of Wada’s ninth quality start, RHP Yoanner Negrin (4.74) earned his first save with four strikeouts over 2.1 scoreless frames.

Tennessee Smokies (1-0)
T-1st Place (–)

After Chattanooga knotted the game at 3-3 in the top of the ninth, the Smokies came away with a 4-3 win in their first game of the second half thanks to a walk-off single from 3B Christian Villanueva.

  • RHP Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one earned run over six innings, striking out one and walking one.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.251) went 3-for-4 with a sixth-inning homer and one stolen base (6).
  • Villanueva (.400) finished 2-for-5 with the walk-off RBI base hit in his first game since being transferred from Iowa.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.297) and C Charlie Cutler (.333) each added two singles.
  • LHP Jeff Lorick (5.40, 7 H) and RHPs Zach Cates (0.00, 2 H) and Tony Zych (4.31, 3 H) each earned a hold in a combined two frames of one-run ball before LHP Hunter Cervenka (2.96) blew his second-consecutive save opportunity. In relief of Cervenka, RHP Frank Batista (2.08, 1-0) struck out the final two Lookouts, earning himself his first win.

Daytona Cubs (1-0)
T-1st Place (–)

Daytona began the second half with a 7-4 victory at Brevard County.

  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.266) went 3-for-5 with two runs, a double (15), a homer (6) and two RBI (28).
  • CF Albert Almora (.244) went 2-for-5 with a run and a double (14).
  • C Willson Contreras (.279) and 3B Wes Darvill (.222) each added a double.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (4-1, 3.49) earned the win in relief with 4.2 perfect innings. LHP Andrew McKirahan (0.92) spun a scoreless ninth to record his sixth save.

Kane County Cougars (1-0)
T-1st Place (–)

Kane County tallied seven runs on eight-straight hits, including an inside-the-park home run from CF Jacob Hannemann, in the third inning of a rain-shortened 7-0 victory over visiting Cedar Rapids.

  • RHP Daury Torrez pitched five scoreless innings, picking up the win.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.242) went 2-for-3 with a run, the homer and two RBI (27).
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.248) notched his 18th double and his 29th RBI.
  • 2B Danny Lockhart went 1-for-2 with two RBI (18).
  • In his first game with Kane County, LF Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

Boise Hawks (4-3)
2nd Place (-1.0)

  • C Justin Marra (.364) ripped his third homer, a two-run shot in the third, and his fourth double, finishing 2-for-6 with three runs and three RBI (10).
  • LF Kevin Brown (.320) went 3-for-5 with three runs, a walk, and two doubles (3).
  • 3B David Bote (.350) finished 1-for-4 with two walks, a double (3), an RBI (3), and two of Boise’s four stolen bases (4).
  • RHP Josh Davis (3.00) blew his second save in as many games, allowing three unearned runs over one inning.
  • LHP Alberto Diaz (0-1, 3.86) suffered his first loss, allowing a bases-loaded single to Eugene 2B Jalen Goree in the bottom of the 11th.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/18/14

Strong pitching carried Iowa, and Daytona wrapped up the first half with a victory Wednesday. Meanwhile, Boise couldn’t get the bats going, and Tennessee and Kane County both enjoyed time off for the All-Star break. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (35-35)
3rd Place (-4.5)

Iowa snapped its two-game skid with a 3-1 victory over visiting El Paso.

  • RHP Dallas Beeler picked up the win with six scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and fanning six.
  • 1B Josh Vitters (.226) went 3-for-4 with a fifth-inning, solo home run.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.278) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and his 10th RBI of the season.
  • RHP Marcus Hatley (2.57) and LHP Zac Rosscup (3.21) each recorded holds.
  • RHP Blake Parker (1.45) converted his 14th save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning of work.

Daytona Cubs (26-42)
5th Place (-19.5)

Daytona finished its first half of the season with an 11-2 victory over visiting Tampa.

  • RHP Tayler Scott gave up two earned runs over six innings and struck out two to pick up the win.
  • 1B Rock Shoulders (.201) went 1-for-5 with a first-inning grand slam.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.282) went 3-for-4 with his second homer of the season and three RBI (22).
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.268) went 3-for-5 with a run, a triple (6) and one RBI (17).
  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.259) and LF Bijan Rademacher (.292) each had two hits apiece.

Boise Hawks (4-2)
T-1st Place (–)

  • DH David Bote (.375) went 1-for-3 with an eighth-inning, solo home run.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.150) went 1-for-3 with his second RBI of the season.
  • RHP Trey Masek (0.00) struck out four hitters in two scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/16/2014

It was a tough showing for the Cubs’ minor league affiliates Monday, as Iowa, Daytona and Boise all came out on the wrong side of the ledger. But slugging Tennessee third baseman Kris Bryant did manage to hit 16 home runs to claim the Southern League Home Run Derby crown, and 2014 first-round pick Kyle Schwarber continues to mash. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s action:

Iowa Cubs (34-34)
3rd Place (-4.5)

Iowa managed just five hits in a 5-1 loss at Sacramento.

  • DH Ryan Kalish (.207) went 1-for-4 with a sixth-inning, solo home run.
  • 1B Chris Valaika (.290) went 2-for-4 with two doubles (13).
  • RHP Frank Batista (3.86) allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings of relief.

Daytona Cubs (25-41)
5th Place (-20.5)

Daytona lost its seventh-straight game, falling to visiting Tampa, 7-2.

  • C Willson Contreras (.287) went 1-for-3 with a sixth-inning, solo home run.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.275) went 1-for-3 with a walk and his seventh double of the campaign.
  • RHP Zack Godley (5.40) struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning of work.

Boise Hawks (3-1)
T-1st Place (–)

Boise was dealt its first loss of the 2014 campaign, falling to visiting Tri-City, 4-3, in 10 innings.

  • RHP Josh Conway started and gave up four hits over three scoreless innings, striking out three and walking none.
  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.563) went 2-for-5 with a triple (1). He’s hit safely in all four games this season.
  • 1B Daniel Canela (.455) and CF Rashad Crawford (.333) each recorded two hits apiece.
  • RF Oliver Zapata (.250) went 1-for-4 with a walk, a double (2) and one RBI (2).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/15/14

Iowa snapped a lengthy losing streak, Tennessee battled back to capture a walk-off win, and Boise continued its unbeaten run Sunday. Meanwhile, Kane County lost its third straight. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (34-33)
3rd Place (-4.0)

Iowa snapped its five-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory at Sacramento.

  • RHP Kyle Hendricks picked up the win, pitching seven innings, fanning six and giving up two earned runs.
  • SS Javier Baez (.223) went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.276) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and his 16th double of the season.
  • RHP Marcus Hatley (2.67) struck out two in the ninth inning to earn his first save of the campaign.

Tennessee Smokies (33-36)
2nd Place (-12.5)

The Smokies scored four runs in the ninth inning and tallied one more in the bottom of the 11th for a 7-6, walk-off win over Mississippi.

  • SS Elliot Soto (.164) went 1-for-3 with a walk-off RBI-single in the 11th inning.
  • LF Anthony Giansanti (.261) and 2B Stephen Bruno (.291) each recorded three hits apiece.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.243) went 3-for-6 with a run, a team-high two RBI (30) and one stolen base (5).
  • RHP Armando Rivero (2-1, 1.56) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win.

Kane County Cougars (45-25)
1st Place (+6.5)

Kane County dropped its third-straight game, falling at Beloit 5-4 in 12 innings.

  • 3B Jordan Hankins (.322) and 1B Jacob Rogers (.245) each blasted solo home runs.
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert (.235) went 3-for-5 with a fourth-inning, two-run homer.
  • LHP Michael Heesch (3.86) allowed just one walk in two scoreless innings of relief.

Boise Hawks (3-0)
1st Place (+1.0)

Boise remained undefeated on the season with an 11-9 victory over visiting Tri-City.

  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.636) went 1-for-2 with a third-inning, solo home run.
  • C Justin Marra (.500) went 2-for-4 with a sixth-inning, three-run blast.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.286) went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI (1) and one stolen base (1).
  • RHP Yomar Morel (1-0, 10.12) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in 2.2 innings of relief to earn his first win of the year.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/12/14

Every Cubs full-season minor league affiliate was in action Thursday, but only Kane County came away victorious. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (33-31)
3rd Place (-1.5)

Iowa dropped its third-straight game, falling at Fresno, 5-2.

  • 1B Chris Valaika (.288) went 1-for-4 with a sixth-inning solo home run.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.318) and LF Josh Vitters (.222) both recorded two hits apiece.
  • RHPs Marcus Hatley (2.77) and Frank Batista (5.40) each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (31-35)
2nd Place (-12.0)

Visiting Mississippi scored two runs in the seventh inning to beat Tennessee, 4-2.

  • RHP Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two earned runs over six innings, striking out two.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.359) extended his hitting streak to seven games (.444/12-for-27), going 1-for-3 with two runs scored, one walk and his 19th double of the campaign.
  • 1B Charlie Cutler (.328) and CF Rubi Silva (.239) both recorded two hits apiece.
  • LHP Hunter Cervenka (2.08) struck out all four batters he faced in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Daytona Cubs (25-40)
5th Place (-20.5)

GM 1: Daytona managed just two hits in a 5-1 loss at Dunedin.

  • 2B Wes Darvill (.188) went 1-for-1 with his first homer of the year, a sixth-inning solo shot.
  • RHP Michael Jensen (2.83) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.

GM 2: Daytona was swept in its doubleheader at Dunedin, falling 5-2 in the nightcap.

  • LF Zeke DeVoss (.179) went 1-for-2 with a run, a walk, a double (3), an RBI (8) and two stolen bases (5).
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.274) went 1-for-3 with a run scored and his first triple of the season.
  • RHP Jose Rosario (4.87) struck out all five hitters he faced in his 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Kane County Cougars (45-22)
1st Place (+8.5)

Kane County limited host Peoria to just four hits in a 4-1 victory.

  • 2B Dan Lockhart (.276) and LF Shawon Dunston (.248) each recorded two hits and one RBI.
  • RHP Juan Paniagua tossed his fourth-straight quality start, going six innings, giving up no earned runs and striking out six. He has not allowed a run over his last two starts (12.0 IP).
  • RHP James Pugliese (1.19) struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his second save of the year.

The Short-Season Boise Hawks’ season begins Friday night against Tri-City.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/11/14

Tennessee scored some late runs to earn a victory, and Kane County battled back to salvage a doubleheader split Wednesday. Iowa took a loss while Daytona was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (33-30)
3rd Place (-1.0)

Fresno scored seven runs in the first three innings to rout the visiting Iowa Cubs, 10-1.

  • 1B Josh Vitters (.215) snapped a three-game hitless skid, going 3-for-4 with his 21st RBI of the year.
  • LF Ryan Kalish (.214) posted his third multihit game, going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases (3).
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.25) struck out the side in the seventh inning in his third outing as part of a major league rehab assignment.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (3.06) scattered two hits over three scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (31-34)
2nd Place (-11.0)

Tennessee scored a late run in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat visiting Mississippi, 3-2.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.359) extended his hitting streak to six games (.458/11-for-24), going 2-for-4 with his Southern League-leading 56th RBI.
  • RHP P.J. Francescon (7-4, 3.41) worked a scoreless eighth to pick up his team-leading seventh win.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (1.71) converted his 10th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

Kane County Cougars (44-22)
1st Place (+8.5)

GM 1: Kane County managed just two hits in a 2-1 loss in the first game of a doubleheader at Peoria.

  • 3B Jordan Hankins (.313) went 1-for-3 with a double (14) and his 27th RBI of the season.
  • CF Ryan Sweeney (.000) went 0-for-3 in the second game of his major league rehab assignment.
  • RHP Michael Wagner (3.93) worked a scoreless inning. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last three relief appearances (6.0 IP).

GM 2: Kane County avoided the doubleheader sweep with a 4-3 victory over Peoria.

  • 3B Jordan Hankins (.319) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI (28).
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.236), SS Carlos Penalver (.245) and DH Ben Carhart (.295) all had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Tyler Bremer (2.32) struck out the side in the seventh inning to convert his eighth save.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/9/14

Iowa pounded out 17 runs for an easy win, while Kane County wrapped up the first-half home schedule in fine fashion Monday. Tennessee lost in extras, and Daytona’s bats sputtered. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (33-28)
T-1st Place (–)

Christian Villanueva and Rafael Lopez each belted grand slams to lead the Iowa Cubs to a 17-2 demolition over host Fresno.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada picked up the win, giving up one earned run over six innings pitched.
  • SS Javier Baez (.239) kicked off the scoring with a first-inning solo homer. He tied a career-high with four runs and is now hitting .364 (8-for-22) with two home runs and six RBI in seven June games.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.313) went 2-for-5 with a ninth-inning grand slam and a career-high seven RBI (7).
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.228) reached base four times, going 2-for-5 with two walks, a grand slam and a season-high five RBI (26).
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.275) registered his fourth game with at least three hits, going 3-for-6 with two runs scored.
  • 1B Logan Watkins (.304), CF Ryan Kalish (.189) and RF Brett Jackson (.202) all had two hits apiece.
  • Iowa set season highs in runs (17) and walks (11) while tying a season-high in hits (17).
  • The last time Iowa recorded two grand slams in one game was August 12, 2006, at Memphis, when Micah Hoffpauir and Lou Montanez turned the trick.

Tennessee Smokies (30-34)
2nd Place (-10.5)

Jacksonville’s Alex Burg hit a walk-off 10th inning home run to beat the Smokies, 8-7.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.357) homered for the third-straight day, going 2-for-5 with his Southern League-leading 22nd blast of the season. Bryant has five home runs in nine June games after clubbing 12 in 29 May games.
  • Bryant was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week for June 2-8, his second-consecutive weekly award and third this season. Bryant batted .417 (10-for-24) with seven runs, three doubles, three homers, five RBI and six walks in seven games during the stretch.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.184), C Charlie Cutler (.327), 1B Dustin Geiger (.226), LF Anthony Giansanti (.245) and 2B Jeudy Valdez (.236) all had two hits apiece.

Daytona Cubs (25-37)
5th Place (-17.5)

Daytona managed just six hits in a 2-0 loss at Clearwater.

  • SS Marco Hernandez (.281) and C Willson Contreras (.282) recorded multihit efforts.
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny fanned a season-high nine, and RHP Stephen Perakslis struck out the side in the eighth inning.

Kane County Cougars (43-21)
1st Place (+8.5)

Kane County wrapped up its first-half home schedule with a 2-1 victory over Cedar Rapids.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.244) and SS Daniel Lockhart (.275) drove in Kane County’s runs.
  • LHP Michael Heesch (1-0, 4.91) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win of the year.
  • RHP James Pugliese (1.23) fanned five over 2.2 perfect relief innings to record his fourth hold.
  • RHP Tyler Bremer (2.40) worked a spotless ninth to convert his seventh save of the campaign.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/8/14

Iowa continued its run of day game success Sunday, but Tennessee and Daytona couldn’t hold on late in their games, and Kane County had its winning streak snapped . Here are the highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (32-28)
T-1st Place (–)

Iowa improved to 18-3 in day games this season with a 3-0 victory over visiting Colorado Springs.

  • SS Javier Baez (.230) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and his 29th RBI of the season.
  • 1B Chris Valaika (.294) batted cleanup and went 2-for-4 with one RBI (29).
  • RHP Dallas Beeler posted his fourth-straight quality start, going seven innings and striking out five. Iowa leads the PCL with 37 quality starts.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.45) tossed a scoreless eighth in the second game of his rehab assignment.
  • RHP Blake Parker (1.08) worked a scoreless ninth to earn his 13th save of the campaign.

Tennessee Smokies (30-33)
2nd Place (-10.0)

Jacksonville scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Smokies, 6-5.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.356) homered for the second-straight day, as he went 2-for-4 with his Southern League-leading 21st blast of the season. He also leads the league with 54 RBI.
  • 1B Dustin Geiger (.222) went 1-for-4 with a ninth-inning solo homer.
  • RHPs Lendy Castillo (4.50), Zach Cates (0.00) and Tony Zych (5.00) combined to toss four scoreless innings of relief.

Daytona Cubs (25-36)
5th Place (-16.5)

Clearwater scored five runs in the seventh inning to defeat visiting Daytona, 8-7.

  • CF Albert Almora (.250) and SS Marco Hernandez (.276) each drove in two runs.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.275) went 1-for-3 with a run, a walk and two RBI (19).
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (0.95) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Kane County Cougars (42-21)
1st Place (+8.5)

Kane County had its four-game winning streak snapped, falling at home to Cedar Rapids, 3-2.

  • 1B Ben Carhart (.295) recorded a game-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert (.229) went 1-for-4 with a double (10) and one RBI (32).
  • RHP Jose Arias (0.00) allowed just two hits over 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.
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