Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/25/14

Iowa pitching set a franchise record for shutouts in a win, Kane County got back on track, and Boise posted a shutout Monday. Tennessee and Daytona both lost, while Mesa had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (69-69)
3rd Place (-3.0)

Iowa pitching set a franchise record with its league-best 14th shutout in an 8-0 win over host Tacoma.

  • RF Jorge Soler (.282) homered for the second time in as many games, a three-run shot in the third inning. Soler is 11-for-20 (.550) with 10 RBI over his five-game hitting streak, including 9-for-12 (.750) the last three games.
  • 1B Jonathan Mota (.248) went 2-for-3 with his second homer of the season and first since April 26.
  • DH Junior Lake (.293) singled twice and doubled (1) to extend his hitting streak to seven games (.324/12-for-37), dating back to his second game with Iowa on August 19.
  • RHP Alberto Cabrera (4-2, 3.39) provided 4.2 scoreless innings of relief for his fourth win.
  • Prior to the game, three 2014 Iowa Cubs were named to the All-PCL team: 2B Arismendy Alcantara, LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, and RHP Blake Parker.

Tennessee Smokies (32-32)
1st Place (+1.0)

Tennessee dropped its fifth-straight contest, a 2-1 home loss to Jacksonville.

  • RHP C.J. Edwards fanned eight over five innings, giving up one earned run.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.242) came off the bench to record the only Tennessee multihit game, his second such game in a row. Chen has hit safely in his last five games (.429/9-for-21).
  • SS Anthony Giansanti (.230) tallied his 16th RBI despite going hitless for the second-straight game. It was the third time he has knocked in a run in a hitless effort.
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (0-3, 2.96) suffered his third loss, pitching two frames of relief and allowing the winning run.

Daytona Cubs (37-26)
1st Place (+2.0)

Daytona could not keep a five-game winning streak alive as the Cubs fell to host Dunedin, 8-7—after trailing 7-1 after five.

  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.275) tied a season high with seven total bases, blasting a solo homer in the fourth, adding his third triple of the year and knocking in two (35).
  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.312) extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.440/22-for-50), going 1-for-4 with an RBI (28).
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.276) led off the ninth with a solo shot, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI (52).

Kane County Cougars (42-21)
1st Place (+3.0)

Kane County took the lead in the top of the seventh with back-to-back blasts from DH Yasiel Balaguert and RF Jeffrey Baez, topping Burlington 8-3 on the road.

  • Balaguert (.243) went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double (16) and two RBI (48). Baez (.276) finished with just the one hit, driving in his 14th run.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.252) tallied three singles in his fourth multihit effort in the last six games.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.266) went 2-for-4 with his team-leading 25th double and two RBI (67).
  • RHP James Pugliese (4-0, 1.81) allowed an unearned run in the sixth, suffering a blown save (2) but earning his fourth win when the Cougars went ahead in the seventh.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (0.00) earned his first hold and extended his scoreless streak to 17.0 innings in 10 outings.
  • Prior to the game, Cougars Manager Mark Johnson was named the 2014 Midwest League Manager of the Year.

Boise Hawks (16-15)
3rd Place (-5.0)

Boise shut out visiting Everett, winning 3-0 despite being outhit by the AquaSox, 8-5.

  • RHP Trevor Clifton earned the win in his fourth quality start, delivering a season-high seven scoreless innings.
  • The shutout was completed by RHP Ryan McNeil (9.64), who earned his first hold, and RHP Corbin Hoffner (1.35), who recorded the final four outs for his second save.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.263) singled and doubled (11) for the only Boise multihit game. Four of the five Hawks hits were doubles—from Hodges, CF Rashad Crawford (.266, 12 2B), 1B Danny Canela (.282, 15 2B) and C Mark Malave (.273, 7 2B).

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