7/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recaps for Friday July 6.

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The AZL Cubs scored two runs in each of the first three innings and they continued to add beating the AZL Giants 10-3.  Daniel Vogelbach only had one hit today, but made it count connecting on his third home run of the season.  He was also the only Cub to drive in more than one run on the day.  Timothy Saunders was 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Carlos Escobar had two doubles and drove in a run.  Cubs also got RBI’s from Justin Marra, Carlos Penalver, and Izaac GarsezRyan Hartman got his first win of the season in relief.  He gave up two runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of work.  Matt Ianazzo was outstanding in his two innings of relief as he struck out four in two scoreless innings.

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Boise lost a tough one on Friday night falling to Tri-City 5-4.  James Pugliese got the start and gave up three runs, two earned on six hits in five innins.  Pete Levitt couldn’t hold the lead giving up a run in the seventh.  Michael Heesch then came on to strike out four in two scoreless innings.  Bryce Shafer who has been really good for Boise gave up a run in the eleventh which proved to be the game winner.  At the plate Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-5 with double and an RBI.  Wilson Contreras also had two hits and drove in two.  It was a tough loss for the Hawks as they had a lead for most of the game.

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Burlington scored two in an inning four different times to beat Peoria 8-3.  Offensively Dustin Geiger stayed hot hitting his fourth home run in three days, he drove in two on the night.  Taiwan Easterling had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI and Javier Baez was 2-for-4.  Starling Peralta got the start and took the loss, but was let down by his defense giving up six runs, only two earned on four hits in five innings.  Sheldon McDonald pitched well in relief striking out four in 2.1 innings of work.

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Daytona had a nice win on Friday beating Dunedin 5-1.  Matt Loosen got the start and very impressive improving his record to 7-3.  He struck out 10 while only giving up three hits and allowing no runs in seven innings of work.  Matt Spencer and Scott Weismann each pitched a scoreless inning in relief to preserve the win.  At the plate the Cubs had some really special nights.  Arismendy Alcantara was a single a way from the cycle.  He ended the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Rubi Silva also was impressive going 4-for-5 with an RBI.  Ronald Torreyes and Taylor Davis each drove in a run and John Andreoli had a triple and also scored a run.

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Game one of the double header belonged to Eric Jokisch and the Smokies beating Jacksonville 5-1.  Jokisch pitched six inning allowing one run on five hits while striking out two and walking one.  Marcus Hatley threw a scoreless seventh to close the game out.  Offensively Justin Bour and Michael Burgess each recorded a hit and two RBI’s.  Greg Rohan also drove in a run and scored one ending the game 1-for-3 with a double.  Nelson Perez and Michael Brenly each had a hit and Brenley scored a run.

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Game two was a different story as Jacksonville came out on top beating Tennessee 3-1.  Nicholas Struck took the loss, but didn’t pitch that bad as his defense let him down.  He struck out six in five innings pitched and gave up three runs, only one earned in five innings.  Tony Zych who struck out three and Frank Batista each pitched a scoreless frame.  Offensively there wasn’t too much to talk about Logan Watkins, James Adduci, Juan Apodaca, and Nate Samson were the only Smokies to recored hits.  Apodaca drove in Adduci for the only Smokies run in game two.

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Alfredo Amezaga played the part of the hero on Friday delilvering a base hit in the 11th inning to give Iowa a 5-4 win.  The unsung hero’s in this game were the bullpen.  Casey Coleman got the start, but only lasted three innings and gave up three runs.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched four solid innings of relief allowing no runs on three hits.  Jay Jackson followed suit pitching a scoreless inning.  Michael Bowden did blow the save, but was able to pitch a scoreless tenth and eleventh inning in route to his second win.  Offensively Dave Sappelt was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.  Blake Lalli also had two hits including a double.  Welington Castillo hit his third home run of the season and had two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Josh Vitters kept his average at the .300 mark going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  Adrian Cardenas also added a hit and an RBI on Friday.  Brett Jackson missed his second game in row.

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Mark

7/1: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Sunday, July 1.

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The AZL Cubs held on to beat the AZL Athletics 9-7 on Sunday.  Dan Vogelbach kept up his torrid pace going 4-for-5 with a triple, homer, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  He is now hitting .471.  Timothy Saunders had two more hits and and also drove in one run.  His average now stands at .483.  Carlos Escobar and Izaac Garsez each had two hits and a run scored on Sunday.  Ben Carhart and Carlos Penalver each had an RBI in the victory.  Nathan Dorris got the win pitching a scoreless inning in relief and Alvido Jimenez recorded his first save of the young season.

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In a well pitched game Boise came up short losing 2-1 to Tri-City in ten innings.  Rafael Diplan struggled with his comand walking three in .2 of an inning to take the loss.  James Pugliese got the start and struck out five in four scoreless innings.  Eduardo Orozco and Michael Heesch each pitched two scoreless inning on Sunday.  Not much to talk about offensively in this one as Boise could only plate one.  The lone RBI came off the bat of Dong-Yub Kim who was 2-for-4 with game-tying solo homer in the seventh.  Jeimer Candelario and Chadd Krist continued their hot hitting as Candelario had two hits and Krist had three.

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Starling Peralta pitched eight solid innings allowing three runs, two earned on four hits, but took the loss as Peoria lost to Kane County 7-2.  As good as Peralta was Larry Suarez was not so good in relief giving up four runs in one inning of work.  The offense didn’t do much damage, but Taiwan Easterling was 3-for-3 and Dustin Geiger had two hits of his own.  Chiefs got RBI’s from Zeke DeVoss and Wes Darvill.  Top prospect Javier Baez collected a hit and scored a run.

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Matt Loosen and Daytona fell to Lakeland 5-3 on Sunday.  Loosen started and gave up four runs, three earned in six innings pitched.  A.J. Morris pitched well in relief striking out two in two innings of work.  From an offensive standpoint Daytona couldn’t get much done recording only four hits.  Rebel Ridling was 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.  Matt Szczur also had a double, scored a run, and drove one in.  The other Cubs hit came from Elieser Bonne and the other RBI came off the bat of John Andreoli.

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Tennessee couldn’t get much going at the plate and fell to Chattanooga 3-0.  Nicholas Struck pitched well enough to win, but took the loss, giving up two runs, one earned in five innings pitched.  Casey Harman and Casey Weathers each pitched in relief.  Not too much excitement from the offense, but Justin Bour was 3-for-4 with two doubles.  Nate Samson had two hits of his own and Jae-Hoon Ha and Juan Apodaca each had a hit on the night.

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 Iowa’s frantic rally comes up short on Sunday dropping a high scoring game to Nashville 13-12.  At one point the Cubs were down by nine runs headed to the sixth, but after scoring eight runs in three innings, they failed to score in the ninth.  Offensively Iowa pounded out 16 hits and 12 runs.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each had three hits, including two doubles a piece, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Blake Lalli also had three hits including a double, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  Dave Sappelt hit his fourth home run of the year and Matt Tolbert drove in two runs and also two hits.  Brett Jackson raised his average to .261 going 2-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored, and two RBI’s.  Frankie De La Cruz got the start and, but didn’t last long giving up nine runs, seven earned in just 4.1 innings pitched.  Jay Jackson threw another scoreless inning out of the bullpen and also struck two out.  Michael Bowden struck out three in a scoreless inning.

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A rough day for the Cubs minor leaguers dropping every game except the AZL.

Thanks for reading,
Mark

6/30: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leagues on Saturday, June 30.

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Another game for the AZL Cubs and more runs scored as the Cubs won 12-8.  Some of the highlights at the plate were Daniel Vogelbach going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Carlos Penalver also went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  Isaac Garesz and Neftali Rosario had two hits a piece.  Rosario had two RBI’s as did Garrett Schlect.  Justin Berg got the start, but did not factor in the win.  David Henrie did get the win pitching four innings giving up three runs, one earned on five hits.

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Boise got the bats going on Saturday beating Spokane 12-6.  Stephen Bruno went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-5 with a double, run scored, and two RBI’s.  Bijan Rademacher had three hits and Chadd Krist also added two hits of his own.  Xavier Batista and Shawon Dunston Jr. each added an RBI on the night.  Jose Arias was not real sharp, but got his first win of the year.  Pete Levitt recorded his first save of the year and Michael Hamann pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

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Peoria took the loss on Saturday losing to Wisconsin 9-5.  Zach Cates struggled only lasting four innings givine up five runs, four earned on six hits, while striking out five.  Zachary Rosscup pitched well in relief striking out five and only giving up one hit in two innings.  Offensively Oliver Zapata was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  The Chiefs also got RBI’s from Pin-Chieh Chen, Dustin Geiger, Paul Hoilman, and Yasiel BalaguertJavier Baez was 1-for-4 with a run scored as well.

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Kyler Burke took the loss as Daytona fell to Dunedin 5-2.  Burke only lasted four innings giving up two runs, one earned on three hits in four innings.  He struggled with his control walking four, but he also struck out six.  Matthew Spencer and Eduardo Figueroa each pitched two innings and each gave up runs.  Brian Schlitter pitched well in his one inning out of the bullpen.  There wasn’t much excitement at the plate either as the Cubs could only muster five hits.  Two of those hits came off the bat of John AndreoliArismendy Alcantara, Rebel Ridling, and Rubi Silva had the other Daytona hits and Elieser Bonne had contributed with an RBI.

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Logan Watkins hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eight which proved to be the game winner as Tennessee won 3-2.  Michael Burgess also connected hitting his ninth homer of the year.  James Adduci drove in the other Smokies run and Jae-Hoon Ha contributed with two hits including a double.  Erik Jokish was pretty good, but did not factor in the decision.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out five in seven innings.  Kevin Rhoderick who had been struggling of late got the win in relief striking out one in two perfect innings of relief.

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Despite a late rally Iowa fell short losing to Nashville 4-3.  Down 4-0 entering the top of the ninth Iowa scored three runs including a solo home run off the bat of Brett Jackson.  Jackson added a double earlier ending the night with two hits and a stolen base.  Blake Lalli connected on a two-run homer in the ninth, his sixth of the season.  Dave Sappelt had two hits and a run scored.  Brooks Raley took the loss giving up one run on four hits in five innings.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Mike MacDougal each gave up runs in relief, but Jeff Beliveau pitched well striking out four in 1.2 innings pitched.

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Mark

6/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Your nightly trip around the bases for June 28th, 2012.

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AZL Cubs had a nice night winning 11-2.  Jacob Rogers had a great night at the plate going 4-for-4 with two home runs, four runs scored, and four RBI’s.  Trey Martin had three hits and three RBI’s on Thursday.  Ben Carhart and Carlos Penalver each had two hits.  Dan Vogelbach and Justin Marra each had a double and drove in a run.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino got the win pitching five innings in relief giving no runs on three hits while striking out five.  Nathan Dorris and Ryan Hartman each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.  Hope to see more nights like this from the Cubs as the summer goes forward.

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We have been waiting, and Boise finally delivered beating Spokane 12-2.  Chadd Krist was 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored, and one driven in.  Wilson Contreras also was 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three driven in.  Stephen Bruno had two hits with a run scored and an RBI.  Dong-Yub Kim hit his second home run of the season, a grand slam.  Ian Dickson was the beneficiary of all those runs earning his first win of the season pitching five innings, giving up two runs, one earned on four hits, while striking out six.  Eduardo Orozco, Rafael Diplan, and Su-Min Jung all pitched well in relief.  All in all it was a very good night for the Hawks.

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Gerardo Concepcion was roughed up early, giving up four runs in the first, but settled down as he pitched six inning giving up five runs on six hits.  He took the loss and is now 2-6 with a 7.39 ERA.  Javier Baez had a great night at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored, and three stolen bases.  Dustin Geiger, Taiwan Easterling, and Oliver Zapata all had RBI’s on the night and Paul Hoilman had two hits.  Larry Suarez also struggled in relief giving up two runs on four hits in two innings of work.

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It was a great night for the Daytona offense beating Dunedin 14-4.  Cubs got home runs from Ronald Torreyes, Arismendy Alcantara, and Rebel Ridling.  Arismendy went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI’s.  Rubi Silva was also 3-for-5 including two doubles and drove in two.  Lead-off hitter Matt Szczur was on base five times.  He was 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBI’s, three stolen bases, and three runs scored.    Robert Whitenack got the start but didn’t get the win pitching only four innings while giving up three runs, only one earned on six hits while striking out four.  A.J. Morris got the win in relief pitching two scoreless innings while striking out one.  Brian Schlitter threw another good outing in relief pitching a scoreless ninth.

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Trey McNutt was not able to get out of the first inning on Friday pitching only .2 inning and giving up eight runs, four earned on six hits.  Ty’relle Harris threw four quality innings of relief giving up two runs, one earned on five hits, while striking out two.  The Smokies were pretty good at the plate scoring six runs on twelve hits.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Junior Lake, Michael Brenly, and Elliot Soto all had two hits on the night.  Nelson Perez and Brenly each hit a home run.  The Smokies also had RBI’s from Ha, Lake, Justin Bour, and James Adduci.

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Chris Volstad pitched pretty good on Friday, but it wasn’t enough for Iowa losing 3-1.  Volstad gave up three runs, two earned on six hits in seven innings.  He also struck out seven and walked zero.  Matt Tolbert was great at the plate going 4-for-5 with a double, triple, and a run scored.  Adrian Cardenas, Ty Wright, and Blake Lalli each had two hits.  Josh Vitters was finally held hitless and Brett Jackson went 1-for-5.  Jay Jackson struck out two and didn’t allow a baserunner in one inning of work out of the bullpen.

 

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– Mark, and George 

6/26: Around the Cubs Minor Leagues

A look at the minor league system for Tuesday, June 26.

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 The Cubs lost 9-4 to the Dodgers on Tuesday night.  The Offense for the Cubs was pretty good as they had 10 hits and four runs.  Left fielder Trey Martin Led off on Tuesday and went 3-for-5 including a double and two runs scored.  Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk to raise his average to .412.  Bijan Rademacher hit his first home run of the season and Daniel Lockhart had a triple and had an RBI.  Alvido Jimenez struggled big time and took the loss on Tuesday.  Michael Hamann, Ethan Elias, and Daniel Adrian all pitched well in relief.

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 Boise dropped another on Tuesday losing to Spokane 3-1.  James Pugliese took the loss allowing two rus on three hits in 4.2 innings.  Hayden Simpson had another strong outing allowing one run on two hits while striking out four in 3.1 innings.  There was not much good happening from the offense  as Boise only had three hits on the day.  Jeimer Candelario, Rock Shoulders, and Stephen Bruno had the only hits for the Hawks and Shoulders drove in the only run of the game.

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Peoria was chasing two early, but tied it up in the sixth and then exploded in the tenth to win the game 7-2.  Paul Hoilman had a nice night going 2-for-5 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  The Chiefs got an RBI a piece from Taiwan Easterling, Dustin GeigerYasiel Balaguert, and Pin-Chieh Chen.  Chen also had two hits including a triple.  Oliver Zapata also had two hits and two runs scored on Tuesday.  The Chiefs got a nice start from Starling Peralta who pitched seven solid innings as he only gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out three.  Matthew Spencer got the win in relief, striking out three in two perfect innings of work.

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Daytona took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, but ended up losing a heartbreaker 4-3 in 12 innings.  The Cubs got a nice outing out of P.J. Francescon who gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings.  Ryan Searle took the loos out of the bullpen giving up one run in 2.2 innings.  The offense had 11 hits, three of which cam off the bat of Elieser Bonne, who also scored a run.  John Andreoli and Rebel Ridling each had two hits and Ridling added two RBI’s.  The other RBI came off the bat of Arismendy Alcantara.

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The bats came alive for Tennessee beating Birmingham 11-6 on Tuesday.  The Smokies pounded out 15 hits and hit four home runs.  Michael Burgess hit two of those four homers in a game where he went 3-for-3 with three RBI’s and four runs scored.  Michael Brenly also had a very nice night going 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, three runs scored, and two RBI’s.  Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits including his third homer of the season, he also had three RBI’s.  Logan Watkins, Justin Bour, and James Adduci all had two hits and Watkins added two RBI’s as well.  Nicholas Struck got his ninth win of the season.  He gave allowed four runs, only one of which was earned in six innings.  Frank Batista pitched two innings striking out two batters in route to his 12th save of the season.

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 In their first game with Anthony Rizzo in Chicago Iowa lost 3-1.  Frankie De La Cruz got the loss as he gave up three runs in five innings of work.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Michael Bowden pitched well out of the bullpen on Tuesday.  Offensively there wasn’t much happening for Iowa.  Juan Apodaca went 2-for-4 with two doubles raising his average to .330.  Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters each added a hit and Blake Lalli had the only Cubs RBI on the day.

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Mark

6/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Still not a full slate of Minor League action because of all-star breaks, here is a recap from last night, June 20th.

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The home opener for Boise didn’t go as planned as the Eugene Emeralds spoiled the fun with a late rally to beat the Hawks 7-4.  The Boise pitching, especially out of the bullpen as been ugly, last night was no different.  Jose Arias made his second start of the season as was good again going three innings giving up two runs, one earned on six hits while walking none and striking out one.  Amaury Paulino and Pete Levitt really struggled out of the pen, giving up a combined five runs on ten hits.  Boise had one of it’s better offensive games of the early season, pounding out ten hits but only scoring four runs.  Shawon Dunston Jr. was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double.  Jeimer Candelario continued his strong start to the season going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s and two runs scored.

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From the looks of the line score the D-Cubs probably should have been blown out, but that’s not what happened as D-Cubs pitchers pitched in and out of trouble en route to a 3-2 victory over Tampa.  P.J. Francescon was terrific again for the D-Cubs.  PJ went six strong innings giving up two runs, one earned on nine hits while walking two and striking out five.  Both runs were given up in the first inning, PJ settled down after that.  Brian Schlitter and A.J. Morris shut to door the rest of the way for the D-Cubs.  Daytona only managed four hits, but made them count.  Arismendy Alcantara hasn’t slowed down all year, he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, he is now hitting .299 on the season.  The hero was Rubi Silva, not only did Rubi hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth he also threw out Tampa’s Kyle Roller at the plate. 

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Brooks Raley had his best outing of the year for the I-Cubs as he went seven excellent innings giving up one unearned run on two hits while walking one and striking out seven.  The outcome was very much in doubt until the I-Cubs put up a three spot in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead and that is how it would end.  Raley ended up getting his third win of the season and Rafael Dolis earned his second save for Iowa.  It was the bottom of the order getting the job done for Iowa as Ty Wright was 1-for-3 with a walk, and his 5th home run of the season.  Blake Lalli had the big hit for the I-Cubs, a two run single in the seventh inning, Lalli finished 2-for-4 with two RBI’s.  Anthony Rizzo finished 0-for-3 in what might be one of his last games at Iowa, stay tuned. 

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– George

6/19: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor leagues on June 19.

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After getting their first win of the season Boise dropped the game on Tuesday 4-1.  Offensively the Hawks had eight hits, but could only plate one run.  Marco Hernandez, Wilson Contreras, and Dong-Yub Kim all had two hits.  Contreras drove in the only Hawks run on the day.  Gioskar Amaya and Brian Inoa also had hits on Tuesday.  Wellington Cruz got the start and was pretty good in his five innings of work.  He allowed one unearned run on only three hits and struck out six.  Felix Pena got the loss as he allowed three runs only one of which was earned in three innings.

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Matt Loosen has been good this year, but he took the loss on Tuesday dropping his record to 5-2.  He pitched six innings allowing four runs, three earned on seven hits, while he striking out five.  Joseph Zeller, Jeffrey Lorick, and Scott Weismann all pitched well in relief as they combined to pitch three innings of perfect baseball while striking out five.  From an offensive standpoint Arismendy Alcantara went 3-for-4 with a double.  Taylor Davis went 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Rubi Silva drove in the other Cubs run on Tuesday as he also had a double.  Alcantara also stole his 20th bag of the season.

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Iowa had 13 hits, but could only score three runs as they lost to Round Rock 6-3.  Alfredo Amezaga and Blake Lalli each had three hits and Lalli drove in a run.  Dave Sappelt and Ty Wright had two hits a piece and Wright drove a run in.  Josh Vitters hit his 10th home run of the season.  Rodrigo Lopez took the loss Tuesday giving up six runs in five innings of work.  Esmalin Caridad and Rafael Dolis each pitched well in relief.

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Mark