The major league baseball season still has over a month to go, but the minor league season does not. The final date of the regular season varies slightly depending on the league, but in general you can expect teams to wrap up their season in the last week of August and the first week of September. The exceptions, of course, are the playoff bound teams. Arizona and Boise are both likely to make the playoffs (barring some horrible collapse), and Tennessee still has a small chance of joining them in the postseason, but that is it for the Cubs farm system. That means you are just about out of opportunities to watch the future of the Cubs play. If you want to see any of those prospects you’ve been reading about in action, plan your trip and buy your tickets now.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The Cubs celebrated their return from out West with a 3-2 win over the Cardinals.
Tennessee – Tennessee took the 2-1 win in a game that was called after five and a half innings.
Daytona – The Daytona Cubs suffered yet another postponement due to unplayable field conditions. Weather permitting, they’ll attempt a doubleheader today.
Peoria – The Chiefs used a five run seventh to power their way to a 9-2 win.
Boise – The Hawks overcame three errors to easily win this one by a final of 8-2.
Arizona – The AZL Cubs game was postponed due to rain.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Ryan Rowland-Smith allowed one run to score via a solo homer as he struck out six over five innings. Blake Parker, Marcus Hatley, and Jairo Asencio held on to give Rowland-Smith his third win.
  • [Iowa] Dave Sappelt homered again. His two run shot was the big blow for the Cubs’ offense in this one.
  • [Tennessee] Austin Kirk scattered three hits and three walks across five innings while striking out three in his first Double A start.
  • [Tennessee] Junior Lake doubled twice in two at bats. Matthew Szczur and Justin Bour also doubled to lead the Smokies’ attack.
  • [Peoria] Michael Jensen gave up just three hits over five innings while striking out seven in one of his better starts this season.
  • [Peoria] Jorge Soler found his swing. He finished this game 4 for 5 with a home run, a double, and a stolen base.
  • [Peoria] Zeke DeVoss walked four times and stole his 35th base in this game. He now possess a season BB% of 13.7% and an OBP of .374.
  • [Boise] Jose Arias pitched the first five innings, allowed a single hit and struck out five. Hayden Simpson pitched the final four innings and also allowed a single hit (a home run) and struck out five. It was the fourth win for Arias and the second save for Simpson.
  • [Boise] Rock Shoulders hit a grand slam in the third inning for his ninth home run of the season.
  • [Boise] Stephen Bruno walked, tripled, and had three hits in this game. Marco Hernandez had two hits, and Gioskar Amaya scored three times

Other Minor League Notes

  • Boise is starting to put the division away. They are two games into their long trip now, and they have won both of them. The Hawks are now six games ahead of second place Yakima.
  • Speaking of playoffs, things are coming down to the wire for Tennessee. The Cubs affiliate trails first place Chattanooga by seven games, but they start a five game series against that team at home today. If the Smokies can sweep, they can put the division race on a whole new footing.
  • college_of_coaches

    Was Soler able to lay off breaking porches?

    • Brett

      Unfortunately he broke A LOT of porches yesterday.

      • Mrp

        I say if the man likes to break porches every now and then let him break away. It’s not like he is hurting anyone.

  • TampaCubsPhan35

    Luke, with the Little League World Series going on, do you know of any Cubs minor leaguers who played in Williamsport??

    • Brett

      Matt Cerda was a famous one.

      • Luke

        Very famous one. And other than that, I really don’t know.

  • ngl89

    I got to see the Smokies last night and overall things looked good from them. Outside of the monster park that the Barons play in the score would have been 4-1 with 2 home runs by Burress and Brenly. They both flied out to the track which is probably a home run in any other ball park. Kirk looked ok, throws strikes with a good change up, but his walks came against left handed hitters, not the greatest thing to do as a left handed pitcher. But wow, lake and bour are both big individuals. They look the part of a big league ball player. I know it will say Lake had 2 doubles, but under normal conditions it’s a pop-up to the catcher. He hit it straight up the ladder and thanks to some wind and rain it kept blowing towards the field and actually ended up landing between the 3rd baseman and shortstop. But to Lake’s credit he didn’t just jog it down to first. He hustled into second and thought about going for a triple on it.

  • Idaho Razorback

    The Memphis Redbirds have a pitcher named Adam Reifer. That has to be one of the top names in the minors.

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  • downstate cub fan

    what can you tell me about Timothy Saunders

    first year player , he hit in arizona , he hit in daytona and he is hitting in peoria

    • Carew

      I think he was a college senior who hit .400 in his last season and has never stopped hitting

    • Luke

      I think he looks most like an offensive utility infielder right now, but I would not dismiss him as a second base candidate down the road. Since he came out of college he should move up the farm system fairly quickly. If everything pans out, he could see Wrigley in late 2014.

      • Carew

        Luke, what do you say about Chadd Krist (spelling?), The catcher?

  • Brandon – AA Correspondent

    Smokies Park will play host to a final 10 game homestand that will determine the fate of our Smokies. I will of course be at all of the remaining games, but games 1-5 are critical as we square off against first place Chattanooga and we are 7 games out of 1st place. Games 6-10 are against Mobile who has been terrible the 2ns half. Regardless….we need these forst 5 games against Chattanooga if we are going to make the playoffs.

    Smokies have been playing good ball of late. Took 3 of 5 from Birmingham.

    Looking forward to meeting Luke later this week.

    I will have a first hand report tomorrow morning on the Smokies.