8/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Looking at the Cubs system on Monday, August 8.  Daytona had the day off.

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The AZL Cubs were able to tie the game at eight in the bottom of the ninth, but gave up two in the 10th to lose 10-8.  Pierce Johnson took the mound for the second time and thew two scoreless innings, striking out two.  As good as Carlos Martinez-Pumarino was in his first 29 innings pitched Monday was a real struggle.  He gave up seven runs, six earned on seven hits in just 1.1 innings.  Jasvir Rakkar struck out two in two scoreless innings.  Alvido Jimenez took the loss, his third of the season giving up two runs in the tenth.  Justin Marra had really nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Garrett Schlecht also had three hits on the night and drove one in.  David Bote had two RBIs and Ben Carhart added one.  Albert Almora had one hit and Jorge Soler was back in the lineup going 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

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Wow, Boise did it again beating Everett 11-7.  The story in this one was the offense as they pounded out 14 hits to go along with the 11 runs they scored.  After a rough game yesterday Gioskar Amaya got back on track, going 3-for-5 with a home run.  Rock Shoulders got the start at first tonight and delivered going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Carlos Escobar had two hits including a home run and two RBIs.  Stephen Bruno also hit a homer and ended with two RBIs as well.  Trey Martin ended the night with two RBIs and Wilson Contreras added a double and an RBI as well.  The staff struggled on Monday.  Justin Amlung started, but only lasted two innings giving up two runs.  Felix Pena did not pitch well in four innings, but did get his first win of the year.  He gave up four runs in four innings, however he did strike out five.  Nathan Dorris secured the win notching his first save of the season, striking out three in 1.1 innings.  The Hawks continue to roll and look to keep it going.

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Peoria dropped their fifth in a row losing to Clinton 8-6.  Leading 4-1 after the first, this was not the outcome Peoria had in mind.  The Chiefs did a few good things at the plate on Monday.  Bijan Rademacher, Wes Darvill, and Sergio Burruel all had two hits, Darvill and Burruel driving in a run a piece.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-5 with a double, but drove in three runs and scored one.  Zeke DeVoss added a hit out of the leadoff spot and also stole his 30th base of the season.  Zach Cates got the start, but did not factor in the decision tossing 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  Pete Levitt pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings and was in line for the win.  Justin Berg struggled and took the loss allowing three runs, two earned in two innings.  Jeffry Antigua couldn’t keep it close enough for the Chiefs as he gave up two runs in only one inning.  This was another tough loss for Peoria on Monday.

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Tennessee score two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as the Smokies lost to Jackson 7-6.  Tennessee did have 10 hits and seven runs, so the offense did a pretty nice job.  What else can you say about Justin Bour.  He hit another home run today, his 15th of the season and ended the day 2-for-4 with three RBIs.  Junior Lake continued his solid season going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.  Matt Szczur, who has been struggling since moving to Tennessee went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.  Lendy Castillo started and pitched only two innings allowing one run on one hit and striking out two.  Dae-Eun Rhee just didn’t have it tonight, allowing six runs in five innings and taking the loss.  The story in this one was Justin Bour who is just tearing it up right now.

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Iowa gave up a run in the top of the ninth losing to Reno 2-1.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched five innings allowing only one run, while striking out four and walking three.  Blake Parker and Michael Bowden combined to throw three scoreless innings, but Jairo Asencio took the loss allowing one run in the ninth.  Greg Rohan had nice night at the dish going 2-for-4 with the Cubs lone RBI.  Blake Lalli also added to hits, including a double.  Alfredo Amezaga also had a double and Dave Sappelt contributed with a base hit of his own.  Unfortunately I have feeling this is how most games are going to go offensively for Iowa the rest of the way.  Let’s hope I am wrong and they can do something positive going forward.

7/31: Around the Cubs Minor League System

After a busy trade deadline here is what the Cubs minor league affiliates did on July 31.

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The AZL Cubs got back on track after a day off beating the AZL Royals 8-2.  Ben Carhart and Daniel Lockhart each had two, a run scored, and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers was 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.  Albert Almora was leading off tonight, but left after his first at-bat.  He was replaced by Yasiel Balaguert who had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.  Jorge Soler did not have a hit, but he did drive in his seventh run of the season and he stole his third base.  Carl Lang got the start and pitched an impressive four innings allowing no runs on four hits and struck out four.  Jasvis Rakkar pitched one scoreless inning striking out one.  Ethan Elias got the win, but did not have a great night giving up two runs on five hits in two innings.  Daniel Adrian finished the game off striking out two in the last two frames.  Obviously we are a bit concerned as to why Almora left the game.  When we have an update we will let you know, but it was a nice night for the Cubs.

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After winning a few 1-0 games the Boise Chiefs held on to win a shootout 10-9.  It was a wild game as Boise had a big lead, but gave it up and had to win in walk-off fashion.  The Cubs had a few nice nights at the plate highlighted by Daniel Vogelbach‘s first home run at Boise, a three run shot with two outs in the third.  Stephen Bruno had three hits and two RBIs, raising his average to .324.  Jeimer Candelario was the hero going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs including a walk-off double.  Dong-Yub Kim and Trey Martin each had two hits on the night and Marco Hernandez connected for his third home run of the season.  The Hawks pitching struggled most of the night, but the offense did the the job.  Eduardo Orozco blew a save, but ended up getting his second win of the season.  it is nice to see Boise maybe turning things around.

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Peoria never got things going against Quad Cities losing 5-1.  Michael Jensen got the start and pitched pretty good, although he took the loss.  He pitched five innings surrendering two runs on three hits, while striking out six.  Jeffry Antigua continued to impress pitching two more scoreless innings.  Pete Levitt struggled in his one inning of work.  There wasn’t much excitement at the plate for the Chiefs on Tuesday.  Javier Baez was one of the few bright spots going 2-for-4 with the Peoria’s lone run scored.  Bijan Rademacher also had two hits including his third double of the season.  Nothing too exciting happening for Boise tonight.

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Daytona won a close one on Tuesday beating Fort Myers 5-4.  Daytona pounded out 14 hits so there were a lot of nice nights at the plate.  It was good to see Timothy Saunders get back on track going 3-for-4 with double, runs scored, and an RBI.  Ronald Torreyes continued his hot stretch of late adding two more hits, including his 19th double of the season and two RBIs.  Matt Cerda, Rubi Silva,  and John Andreoli each had two hits with Andreoli driving one run in.  Austin Kirk started and got the win allowing four runs in five innings.  Kirk was not as sharp as he has been in the past walking five batters, but he did strike out five.  The relief was outstanding on Tuesday.  Hunter Cervenka and Jeffrey Lorick combined to pitch three scoreless innings, striking out a batter each.  AJ Morris closed the deal striking out two in one scoreless inning, notching his fourth save of the season.

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Iowa dropped another to New Orleans losing Tuesday 5-3.  Frankie De La Cruz started and took the loss giving up three runs in four innings.  Jairo Asencio and Marcus Hatley did a nice job in relief both throwing a scoress inning.  Dave Sappelt was the main bright spot for the Cubs offense going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Brett Jackson hit his 21st double of the season and drove in his 46th run as well.  James Adduci had another hit and is hitting .375 since his promotion to Triple-A.  As I have said recently Iowa just can’t seem to get things going in the right direction.

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-Mark

7/20: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our nightly trip through the minor leagues.

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Boise dropped another losing 7-2 to Eugene.  Rock Shoulders was outstanding at the plate on Friday going 4-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBIs.  Besides Shoulders the Hawks only had two other hits, one coming off the bat of Gioskar Amaya and another off the bat of Jeimer CandelarioFelix Pena started and pitched four innings surrendering two runs, he did not factor in the decision.  After Michael Hamann pitched two scorelss innings, Rafael Diplan came in and struggled.  He gave up three runs, one earned in one inning and took his second loss of the season.  Another rough night for Boise as there record now stands at 12-23.

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After tying the game in the eighth Peoria scored four in the eleventh to beat West Michigan 9-6.  There were some nice highlights from Chiefs.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 3-for-6 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs.  Taiwan Easterling and Dustin Geiger each had two hits and hit a home run on Friday night.  Bijan Rademacher and Yaniel Cabezas also had two hits a piece and Cabezas had two RBIs.  Javier Baez extended his hitting streak going 1-for-6.  Jeffry Antigua struck out three in 1.2 innings and recorded his first win of the season.  His ERA now sits at 1.13.  Michael Jensen got the start and pitched pretty good going six innings allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out five.  Pete Levitt closed out the game striking out two in his one inning of work.

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Robert Whitenack really struggled not recording an out and giving up six runs.  The six run first proved to be too much losing 12-8 to Jupiter.  Now to some of the highlights.  Rubi Silva was 4-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Elieser Bonne had three hits and also drove in three.  Ronald Torreyes and Rebel Ridling each had two hits, with Torreyes driving in one along with Matt Szczur.  Timothy Saunders got his first hit in seven ABs since being promoted to Daytona.  Frank Del Valle pitched four scoreless innings in relief and Brian Schlitter also pitched a scoreless frame bring his ERA down to 1.73.  Daytona has given up way too many runs to be successful lately and Friday was no different.

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Tennessee fell to Chattanooga 4-1 in eight innings.  Dae-Eun Rhee started and took the loss allowing three runs, two earned on two hits in six innings.  Trey McNutt gave up one in 1.1 innings of relief.  Justin Bour had two hits and drove in Logan Watkins, the lone Cubs run.    Junior Lake, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Michael Brenly all had a hit on Friday.  The Smokies have been really struggling as of late and that continued on Friday.

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Iowa and Alburquerque were tied going into the ninth, but Michael Bowden gave up a three run walk off homer to the Isotopes.  The offense got going early for Iowa scoring six runs in the first three innings.  Brett Jackson led the game off with his 13th home run of the season.  He ended the day with two hits and two RBIs.  Adrian Cardenas continued his hot hitting going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Josh Vitters also had two hits, one of which was his 29th double.  He also scored a run and drove in his 53 run of the year.  Brian Esposito had a nice night going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Blake Lalli also drove in two and had two hits.  Chris Rusin got the start, but didn’t pitched too well, allowing six runs on eight hits in five innings of work.  Yet another bad loss for Iowa on Friday.

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Mark

7/11: Around the Cubs Minor League System

After every level getting the day off on Tuesday, here is a look at Wednesday’s minor league games.

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The AZL Cubs were back to playing on Wednesday after a few day off.  They started right were they left off beating the AZL Padres 4-2.  Offensively Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a home run, double, and three RBIs.  Dan Lockhart was 3-for-3 with a double and a runs scored.  Ben Carhart and Garrett Schlecht each had a hit and Carhart scored a run.  Izaac Garsez drove in the other run for Cubs on the night.  David Henrie recorded his third win of the season pitching four perfect innings in relief while striking out three.  Lendy Castillo started his rehab assignment pitching two scoreless innings.

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Tied at one after four innings, Boise was able to score two in the fifth and two in the sixth.  They would hold on to win the game beating Vancouver 5-1.  Jose Arias pitched good in getting his second win of the season.  He gave up one run on six hits in five innings.  Eduardo Orozco, Pete Levitt, and Bryce Shafer all pitched well in relief not allowing a run.  Offensively there were some good things that came out of Wednesday night as well.  Trey Martin was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.  Wilson Contreras was also 2-for-3 including a triple, a runs scored, and an RBI.  Rock Shoulders also hit a home run, his third of the season.  Stephen Bruno and Marco Hernandez each added a hit and a runs scored.  It was a nice win for Boise after a day off.

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Javier Baez and the pitching staff was all Peoria needed on Wednesday.  Javier Baez connected on his seventh home run of the season in the second inning.  It proved to be the game winner as Peoria beat the Dragons 1-0.  Starting pitcher Starling Peralta pitched seven innings striking out four and only giving up two hits.  Larry Suarez struck out two in a scoreless inning of work and Yao-Lin Wang pitched a scoreless ninth to recored his 12th save of the season.  Oliver Zapata, Sergio Burruel, and Pin-Chieh Chen accounted for the other Chiefs hits, with Zapata hitting a double and Chen stole his 19th base on the season.  It was a great pitching performance by the Peoria pitching staff on Wednesday.

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Daytona scored seven runs from the fourth inning as they went on to beat Palm Beach 7-2.  Kyler Burke got his first win since being promoted to Daytona.  He pitched six innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out four and not walking anyone.  Jeffrey Lorick came in relief and pitched an unbelievable 1.2 innings not allowing a hit and striking out five.  Brian Schlitter was able to close the game out recording his second save of the season.  Matt Sczcur, who had been struggling was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI.  He also stole his 29th base of the season.  Ronald Torreyes was also 2-for-4 including a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.  Elieser Bonne had a hit and drove in two runs.  John Andreoli and Matt Cerda each had a hit and drove in a run, Andreoli also stole his 31st base of the season.  It was nice to see Burke get his first win since moving to Daytona and it was also nice to see Sczcur hopefully get back on track.

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Wednesday’s game between Tennessee and Birmingham was postponed due to rain.  It will be made up as a double header on Thursday.

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Mark

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

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

6/17: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor leagues.

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 Boise had a 3-0 lead headed to the bottom of the eighth, however the bullpen could not hold it as they lost 4-3.  Taylor Scott pitched well pitching five scoreless innings and striking out four.  Hayden Simpson continued his struggles as he gave up two runs in two innings of work.  Pete Levitt took his second loss of the season in only three games as he gave up two runs in an 1.1 innings.  Shawon Dunston Jr., Gioskar Amaya, and Jeimer Candelario all had two hits on the day.  Candelario added two RBI’s as well.  Rock Shoulders and Brian Inoa each hit doubles and had a run scored a piece.

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 The offense got things going early scoring all ten runs in the first five innings of the game.  That was easily all they needed winning 10-5 on Sunday.  There was a lot of great offense performances as Pin Chieh Chen, Dustin Geiger, Paul Hoilman, Wes Darvill, Sergio Burruel, and Oliver Zapata all had two hit games.  Hoilman also drove in four runs and hit a home run and a double.  Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a run scored as he raised his average to .317.  On the mound Michael Jensen earned his seventh win of the season as he pitched six strong innings giving up two runs on six hits as he struck out three LumberKings.  Jensen is now 7-3 on the year with a 2.58 ERA.  Peoria ends the first half 35-34.

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Trey McNutt took the loss on Sunday as Tennessee lost to Birmingham 5-3.  McNutt pitched 5.2 innings giving up nine hits and allowing five runs.  Junior Lake raised his average to .301 as he went 3-for-4 on the day.  Elliot Soto also had three hits as he drove in a run and scored a run as well.  Logan Watkins had a two hit day including a triple and two RBI’s.  Alberto Cabrera pitched in relief striking out two batters in an inning of work.  The Smokies go into the All Star Break 35-35.

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Iowa was trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh when Anthony Rizzo came to the plate and he delivered driving a two-run game winning home run.  Michael Bowden relieved Chris Volstad got the win striking out four in 1.2 innings.  Volstad had a solid outing for Iowa pitching six innings giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking two.  Alfredo Amezaga, Dave Sappelt, and Josh Vitters all had two hits on Sunday.  Amezaga connected on his fourth homer of the year and Vitters raised his average to .282.  Scott Maine recorded a four out save, his fifth of the season.  Iowa has the day off on Monday and there record now stands at 30-41.

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