8/5: Around the Minor League System

Here is the minor league recap for August 5, 2012.

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In an up and down game the AZL Cubs wound up on the losing end dropping Sunday’s game 8-6.  In his first start Duane Underwood struggled big time giving up four runs, three earned in just .1 innings and just like that the Cubs were down 4-0.  Over the next three innings the Cubs offense would come to life scoring six runs.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers and David Bote had a hit and each drove two runs as well.  Top prospect Albert Almora was 1-for-5 and Carlos Penalver drove a run home.  Leading 6-4 the Cubs turned it over the bullpen and after Brian Smith calmed things down, Ethan Elias really struggled giving up four runs over three innings.  Steve Perakslis and Chad Martin combined to pitch the last three innings holding the Giants scorelss.  After being down early and then taking the lead it is definitely tough to not come out on top of this one.

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Just when it looked like Boise was going to cruise to an easy win a five run seventh happened to tie the game at nine.  Luckily for Boise Daniel Vogelbach wasn’t going to let this one slip away as he connected for a game winning home run in the top of the 11th.  Lance Rymel had qutie the night on Sunday going 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs.  Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez each had three hits with Martin driving in two runs.  Izaac Garsez had his best game yet, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Wilson Contreras had two hits and scored three runs and Stephen Bruno added a hit and two RBIs.  Ian Dickson started and took a no decision as he gave up three runs on three hits in five innings.  Hunter Ackerman and Rafael Diplan did not have there best days combining to giving up six runs, five earned in just two innings.  Su-Min Jung recorded his first win of the season and Eduardo Orozco closed it out earning his second save.  Wow, was it a crazy game on Sunday, luckily for us the Hawks took the W.

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Clinton scored two in the eighth to defeat Peoria 3-2.  Michael Jensen started and pitched well allowing one run on five hits, while striking out four in five innings pitched.  Sheldon McDonald pick up right were he left off striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Austin Reed, however was not very good on Sunday giving up two runs in two innings and taking the loss.  Not much happening on the offensive side as the Chiefs only had five hits.  With the promotion of Javier Baez, Timothy Saunders was sent to Peoria and he ended the game 1-for-4 with a double.  Yanel Cabezas had a double as well as an RBI.  Wes Darvill, Sergio Burruel, and Oliver Zapata all had one hit a piece in the loss.

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Daytona dropped another one Dunedin on Sunday losing 4-2.  Christian Villanueva was the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 in the loss.  Rubi Silva had a hit and drove in John Andreoli who also had a run scored.  Rebel Ridling, Rafael Lopez, and Micah Gibbs all had one hit, with Ridling scoring a run.  PJ Francescon started and gave up two runs in two innings, striking out four.  Frank Del Valle also gave up two runs, but did strike out five in his four innings of relief.  Ryan Searl thew the last two innings not allowing a run and striking one out.  Javier Baez struggled again in his second game with Daytona going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.  It is not the way wanted to start and it is not the way Daytona wanted things to go this weekend.

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After being up early, Tennessee tied it in the seventh, only to lose it in the bottom of the ninth 5-4.  Jutin Bour had a nice game going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, bringing his season total to 92.  Nelson Perez added two hits including his fifth home run of the season and Matt Cerda also had two hits on the evening.  Logan Watkins and Nate Samson each had a hit and Watkins scored a run and stole his 21st base of the season.  Eric Jokisch started, but did not factor in the decision pitching five innings and giving up three runs, while striking out six.  Brian Schlitter took the loss giving up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

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Iowa gave up one in each the eighth and the ninth to lose to Reno 2-1.  The bright spot on Sunday was Casey Coleman.  He pitched outstanding going six innings allowing no runs on two hits and striking out eight.  Jay Jackson pitched a scoreless seventh striking out one batter.  Marcus Hatley and Esmailin Caridad each gave up a run and Caridad took the loss.  Well it happened to Iowa again on Sunday, this time losing Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters to the big club.  Diory Hernandez was 1-for-3 with the Cubs only RBI.  Greg Rohan stayed hot going 1-for-4 in the loss.  There isn’t much exciting happening in Iowa right now and with the departures of Jackson, Vitters, Welington Castillo, and Adrian Cardenas thing probably will continue to be a struggle.

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7/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The nightly minor league recaps.

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Boise won in a pitchers dual 1-0.  Taylor Scott got the start and got the win pitching five innings allowing four hits, three walks, and striking out four.  Hayden Simpson threw an impressive three innings and Eduardo Orozco closed out the game earning his first save of the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-3 driving in the only Hawks run of the game.  Carlos Escobar had two hits, including a double and a run scored.  Boise has won two games in a row and look to keep that going.

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Beloit took care of Peoria quite easily win 10-4.  Starling Peralta started and took the loss giving up five runs, four earned in five innings.  Jeffry Antigua pitched very good in relief striking out two in two scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 0.73.  Offensively there wasn’t much exciting to report.  Sergio Burruel was the only Chief player with a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Paul Hoilman, Bijan Rademacher, and Yaniel Cabezas all had one hit.  Hoilman had an RBI as did Pin-Chieh Chen.  Peoria looks to get back on track.

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A for run sixth wasn’t enough losing to Bradenton 9-7.  Kyler Burke struggled giving up seven runs, five earned on eight hits in five innings.  Burke struck out six in the loss.  Hunter Cervenka threw two scoreless innings in relief striking out three.  Ronald Torreyes had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-5 with home run, a double, and three RBIs.  Timothy Saunders added two hits and drove one in.  The Cubs got single RBIs from Taylor Davis, Matt Cerda, and Rubi Silva as well.  John Andreoli led off and had a hit and a walk and scored two runs.  Rebel Ridling and Rafael Lopez each contributed a hit to the effort and Lopez scored two runs.

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Tennessee couldn’t hold Jacksonville down losing 8-5.  Nicholas Struck struggled in a losing effort giving up four runs in four innings pitched.  In a tough sign for Cub fans, Trey McNutt struggled in relief again and his ERA is now at 4.91.  Frank Batista continued his strong season pitching a scoreless eighth and striking out two lowering his ERA to 1.22.  Justin Bour had a night to remember at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs.  Matt Szczur led off in his second game with the Smokis, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a run scored as was Chad NobleMichael Burgess had a double and Dustin Harrington added a hit and a run scored as well.

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Iowa gave up one in the fifth to give them the lead.  The 2-1 lead held up and Iowa lost another one run game.  Brooks Raley was the hard luck loser pitching six innings allowing tow runs on six hits and striking out eight.  Marcus Hatley pitched well in relief striking out four in two innings.  The offense didn’t do much, Brett Jackson connected on his 15th home run of the season, ending the game 1-for-3 with a walk.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each added ahit as did Blake Lalli.  After a nice win yesterday, the Cubs weren’t able to keep it going losing a close, low scoring game.

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7/26: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Taking you through the Cubs minor leagues on Thursday, July 26.

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The AZL Cubs lost a rough one on Thursday to the Ranger 5-4.  Leading most of the night, the Cubs gave up two in the eight, one in the ninth, and one in the tenth to blow what appeared to be a win.  Those relievers who struggled were Ryan Hartman, Nathan Dorris, and losing pitcher Daniel Adrian.  It wasn’t all bad on the mound as Carl Lang and Ethan Elias each pitched three solid innings combing to strike out seven and surrender only one run on four hits.  Every night we look forward to seeing how Albert Almora and Jorge Soler and tonight was no different.  Almora started strong with hit first double, but ended the night 1-for-5.  Soler ended the night 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.  Garrett Schlecht had a night he won’t forget as he hit his first home run of his professional career, a two-run shot in the fourth.  Shawon Dunston Jr. stayed hot adding two more hits, raising his average to .296.  Carlos Penalver also had two hits and Jacob Rogers added a double.  The AZL Cubs havn’t had too many disappointments, but tonight was one of them.

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Boise lost a low scoring game to Yakima 1-0.  Although there was only one run scored there was plenty of excitement in this one as there were ejections and the benches almost cleared.  It all started a few nights ago when Wilson Contreras was bowled over twice and then was hit by a pitch in this game.  Starting pitcher Jose Arias took exception and retaliated hitting a Bears player in the seventh.  Arias and manager Mark Johnson were promtly ejected.  Things didn’t end there though.  Contreras found his way on and bowled over the Yakima catcher and on his way back to the dugout had words for the Bears dugout.  Benches almost cleared and Contreras was ejected from the game.  Back to the baseball part of it.  Jose Arias pitched quite well taking the tough loss on Thursday.  He gave up one run on three hits in six innings, he also walked two and struck out three.  Michael Hamann and Eduardo Orozco combined to pitch three innings of scoreless baseball in relief.  Offensively there wasn’t much to talk about.  The highlights were Marco Hernandez having two hits and Daniel Vogelbach getting another hit.

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Peoria scored early and it held up as they beat Cedar Rapids 7-2.  The Chiefs got two in the first, one in the third, and three more in the fourth to get an early lead.  Javier Baez had a nice night once again going 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Zeke DeVoss and Yaniel Cabezas also had twho hits with DeVoss driving a run and scoring two.  Chadd Krist continued his great performance at the plate adding another hit, his sixth double and driving in two runs.  On the mound Michael Jensen was at it again winning his ninth game of the year.  He pitched six solid innings, surrendering two runs on four hits, while striking out six and walking zero.  Larry Suarez and Bryce Shafer finished this one off pitched three scoreless innings to end the game.

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Daytona outlasted Bradenton beating them 9-7 in a high scoring battle.  The Cubs offense had a few big innings, scoring three in the second, the fourth, and two in the seventh.  Offensively they were led by Rafael Lopez who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.  Lopez was not the only Cubs player to have a big night as John Andreioli was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs, four runs scored, and his 36th steal of the year.  Matt Szczur added two hits and he also drove in a pair, raising his average to .295.  Rubi Silva and Elieser Bonne each had two hits as well and Bonne drove in two on the evening.  Austin Kirk started and got the win, his fifth of the year.  He allowed four runs on six hits in six innings, walking five and striking out three.  Ryan Searle pitched the last three holding on the record his first save of the season.

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Despite scoring four Tennessee dropped the game to Jacksonville losing 6-4.  Dallas Beeler started, but did not factor in the decision allowing four runs, three earned and striking out eight in five innings pitched.  Tony Zych took the loss as he allowed two runs in his two innings of work.  On the bright side, there were some nice things that happened at the plate.  Junior Lake stayed hot going 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Justin Bour and Greg Rohan each connected for a home run on Thursday.  Nate Samson added three hits of his own.  In an unfortunate accident Jae-Hoon Ha had to leave the game early on a stretcher after he hit his head on a cement wall wall that had no padding.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Jae-Hoon and hope to have good news on this soon.  We will keep you updated as we know more.

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How many different ways can Iowa find to lose, because it seems like they find a new one every night.  After having a lead most of the night they gave up a single run in the fifth and six to tie the game.  After scoring two in the tenth, they gave up three to lose 6-5.  Michael Bowden to the loss allowing all three runs in the tenth.  Casey Coleman was solid pitching 5.2 innings giving up three runs on seven hits.  Jay Jackson pitched well in relief allowing no runs in his two innings of work.  The Cubs were led by James Adduci at the plate having his best game in Iowa.  He went 4-for-5 with a home run, double, a run scored, and two RBIs.  Josh Vitters was the other bright spot from the offense going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and a run batted in.  Nothing is going right for Iowa at this time, hope they can turn it around and end the year on a high note, but only time will tell.

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7/23: Around the Minor League System

Our nightly trip through the minors on July 23, 2012.  Tennessee had the night off and Daytona was postponed.

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AZL Cubs got back on track beating AZL Brewers 7-3.  First rund draft pick Albert Almora stole the show hitting his first professional home run.  A two-run bomb to left.  Ben Carhart had another nice night at the dish going 4-for-5 with a run scored.  Shawon Dunston Jr. and Trevor Gretzky, who replaced Almora each had two hits.  Dunston scored two runs and Gretzky drove one in.  Neftali Rosario added a hit and an RBI and Dan Vogelbach hit his 12th double of the season.  After the game Vogelbach tweeted that he was headed to Boise, so best of luck to him.  Arturo Maltos-Garcia  gave up two runs, but got the win in relief.  Steve Perakslis recorded his first save, striking out three in 2.2 innings.  Jorge Soler was hitless on Monday, going 0-for-5.  It was nice to see the Cubs get back on track Monday.

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Boise won 3-0 behind the arm of Tayler Scott.  Scott earned his second win of the season, pitching six scoreless innings.  He surrendered only three hits, walked a batter and struck out four, his ERA now stands at 1.95.  Hayden Simpson pitched two scoreless innings and Matt Iannazzo pitched a scoreless ninth to record his first save.  The offense had a few bright spots.  Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Gioskar Amaya had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a run scored, and a run batted in.  Marco Hernandez and Trey Martin each scored a run for Boise as well.  The Hawks haven’t enough nights like this, but maybe things will be turning around for them.

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It was a great pitchers dual until Peoria gave up two runs in the eighth, eventually losing to South Bend 2-0.   Yao-Lin Wang started and struck out five in only 3.2 innings of work.  Jeffry Antigua pitched well again, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings while striking out three.  He dropped his ERA to 0.87.  Luis Liria took the loss, his fourth on the year.  Offensively there wasn’t too much happening as the Chiefs only were able to muster up two hits.  Chadd Krist and Yaniel Cabezas each had a double on Monday night.  Krist is now hitting .424 since his promotion from the Boise.  A nice pitched game, but a tough loss nonetheless.

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Daytona’s game on Monday was postponed.

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The Iowa staff pitched pretty good on Monday, but it wasn’t good enough dropping the game to Albuquerque 3-1.  Brooks Raley got the start and took the loss.  He pitched five innings surrendering three runs, two earned on eight hits.  He also had an impressive eight strikeouts to go along with zero walks.  Esmailin Caridad and Michael Bowden combined to pitch the last three scoreless innings with Caridad striking out two.  At the dish Brian Esposito was the only Cub to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 and was the only Cub to drive in a run.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each added a hit with Vitters hitting his 30th double of the season.  Iowa’s record now stands at 41-62.

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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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6/16: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look around the Cubs minor leagues system on Saturday June, 16.

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Boise got the scoring early, but saw the lead slip away in the middle innings.  Catcher Wilson Contreras and first baseman Rock Shoulders each hit their first home run of the year on Saturday.  Gioskar Amaya had a triple and Dong-Yub Kim added a double.  Marco Hernandez and Eduardo Gonzalez each had RBI’s for the Hawks.  Starting pitcher James Pugliese took the loss as he gave up three runs on six hits in five innings of work.  Amaury Paulino struggled in his two innings giving up four runs on five hits.  Roderik Pichardo pitched a scoreless inning for Boise.

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Peoria was trailing 5-2 when play was suspended by rain.  The game will pick up where it left off in the bottom of the fourth.  Peoria went down by five early, but will have the bases loaded and one out with Yaniel Cabezas coming to the plate looking to continue their comeback against Clinton.  The game will be followed by a seven inning game on Sunday.

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The struggling Rebel Ridling launched his eighth homer of the year to give Tennessee a 2-1 win on Saturday.  The story of the game was the pitching performance of the Smokies.  Eric Jokisch was outstanding once again as he pitched six strong innings giving up one run on four hits.  His ERA now stands at 1.42.  Not to be outdone Marcus Hatley pitched two scoreless innings as he earned his third win of the year.  Frank Batista closed the game in the ninth recording his 10th save of the season.  The only other run the Smokies scored was driven in by James Adduci.  Michael Burgess and Logan Watkins also had hits on the night.

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Iowa got down early and never could rebound as they lost 9-1.  Chris Rusin was not good on Saturday as he gave up eight runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings.  The bright spot for the Cubs tonight was Josh Vitters as he went 4-for-4 including a double and a run scored.  Brett Jackson also had a double and drove in the Cubs only run of the day.  Anthony Rizzo played again on Saturday also adding a double.  In relief Jay Jackson struck out five in 3.2 innings and Jeff Beliveau threw a scoreless inning.

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Mark

6/12: Around The Minor League System

A look around the minor leagues on Tuesday.

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Peoria took a tough loss on Tuesday losing 5-4.  After Peoria took a 3-1 lead, Beloit came back in the fourth and scored four of there own.  Michael Jensen took the lossfor the Chiefs, but was not helped out by his defense who committed five errors, three coming from Javier Baez and two coming from Dustin Geiger.  Baez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Zeke DeVoss had a double and also drove in a run.  Pin-Chieh ChenYasiel Balaguert, and Yaniel Cabezas all added RBI’s on Tuesday.  The loss dropped Peoria to 32-33 on the season.

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Daytona got seven early runs, which proved to be plenty as they beat Brevard County 8-3.  Nelson Perez led the attack with three hits including his eleventh homerun of the season.  Greg Rohan and John Andreoli each had two hits on the night as well.  Arismendy Alcantara and Richard Jones each added a hit and two RBI’s a piece.  Eduardo Figueroa only could last three innings, but Ryan Searle came in relief to get his fourth win of the season.  Joseph Zeller and Jeffrey Lorick also pitched two innings a piece on Tuesday.  Daytona improved their record to 29-34.

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A five run first for Omaha proved to be too much for Iowa to overcome.  Chris Volstad gave up six runs in five innings of work, including four walks and six hits.  Offensively Ty Wright had two hits including a double and a run scored.  Blake Lalli, Alfredo Amezaga each had an RBI and Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer in the ninth.  Geovany Soto was the DH in the game and delivered a double in four AB’s.  The Cubs got quite a scare as Anthony Rizzo left early with a leg injury when he crashed into a fence in front of the dugout.  Thankfully xrays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day with a right knee contusion.

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