Cubs June 17 Minor League Recap

Iowa's Chris Rusin had his best outing as a professional tossing a complete game five-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in the 93-pitch gem as Iowa beat Omaha 2-0. Four Smokies pitcher held Mississippi to one run while Daytona and Boise both lost.

AAA—Iowa 2, Omaha 0

Chris Rusin threw a complete game five-hit shutout fanning eight in the gem as Iowa (33-37) downed Omaha (30-38).

At the Plate: Two swings, one each from Donnie Murphy and Brian Bogusevic, was all the offense Iowa needed as both hit solo homers. Murphy's blast came in the fifth to left field, his sixth of the season and second in as many days, and Bogusevic knocked his 9th homer of the year over the right-field fence in the eighth. The Cubs only had four hits.

On the Mound: Chris Rusin recorded his first nine-inning complete game shutout of his career holding the Storm Chasers to five hits while striking out eight, tying a season high. It was the lefty's 14th start of the season and the second straight game he has pitched shutout baseball, holding Oklahoma City scoreless on June 12 for seven innings. He threw just 93 pitches, 64 for strikes and got nine ground ball outs. "It feels good," Rusin told Iowa Cubs play-by-play announcer Randy Wehofer after the game. "I got ahead of the hitters, kept the ball low and they got themselves out. The defense played great." It was the I-Cubs first complete game since Sergio Mitre on Aug 13, 2004. Rusin said he had been trying to talk his coaches into letting him go nine innings.

AA—Tennessee 2, Mississippi 1

Pin-Chieh Chen beat out an infield single and forced a throwing error that plated two runs on the play to give Tennessee (34-35) a 2-1 win over Mississippi (38-32) in the bottom of the sixth. It was the final game of the first half.

At the Plate: Tennessee knocked out 12 hits, all singles but could only score two runs, both coming on an infield single. The Smokies were just 1-11 and left 11 on. Jonathan Mota and Anthony Giansanti opened the sixth with singles and after Chad Noble's bunt forced Mota at third, a throwing error put both runners in scoring position. After a short fly out and a walk, Chen hit a grounder to first and beat the pitcher to the bag for the hit. The throw then got away and Noble scored the go-ahead run from second. Mota, Giansanti and Noble all had two hits.

On the Mound: Four Tennessee pitchers kept the Braves in check allowing just five hits while combining for seven strikeouts. Eric Jokisch (5-6 3.50 ERA) made another quality AA start surrendering three hits and a run in six innings with three walks and three punchouts. The bullpen was just as impressive as Trey McNutt, Tony Zych and Frank Batista each went a scoreless inning to preserve the win for Jokisch. Batista (1.97 ERA , 1.22 WHIP) earned his 9th save of the season fanning two.

Smokies Notes: Cubs manager Buddy Bailey told the Smokies Radio Station OF Jae-Hoon Ha and 1B Justin Bour will join the team on Wednesday in Chattanooga for the start of the second half.

High A— Clearwater 9, Daytona 2

Clearwater (35-31) pounded Daytona (33-31) pitching for 15 hits and essentially eliminated the Cubs from the first-half playoff picture.

At the Plate: Dustin Geiger added to his league-leading RBI total (54) with a two-run homer in the fourth, his eighth of the season. Benjamin Carhart had two hits, as the D-Cubs only had four in the game.

On the Mound: Zach Cates (6-6 4.48) walked five and surrendered five hits as the Threshers plated four runs in five innings off the right-hander He fanned four. RHP Austin Reed (6.55 ERA) allowed five runs, four earned, in the two frames on seven hits and a walk. Jeffrey Lorick lowered his ERA to 2.63 as the lefty hurled two scoreless innings.

Cubs Notes: OF Jorge Soler did not play in Daytona's game on Monday night sitting out with calf tightness, according to Daytona play-by-play announcer Cody Dunlap. He came out of the All-Star on Saturday in the second inning with the same injury. Cubs beat writer Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune tweeted that Soler injured his shin and could be headed to the DL.

Low A—Kane County

Kane County had the day off in the first day of the all-star break. DH/OF/1B Rock Shoulders, 1B Daniel Vogelbach, OF Bijan Rademacher, LHP Nathan Dorris, RHP Felix Pena and RHP Tayler Scott will represent the Cougars at the game on Tuesday night in Dayton. The game will be on MiLB TV.

Short-Season—Salem-Kaiser 8, Boise 6

Salem-Kaiser (4-0) scored four runs in the top of the sixth and spoiled the Boise (2-2) home opener.

At the Plate: Trevor Gretzky's stick gave the Hawks their first run of the home season with a double and he took third when the ball got by the left fielder. David Bote then grounded out to short, scoring Gretzky. Yasiel Balaguert smacked a two-run double in the fifth and the Hawks added two more runs in the seventh on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Balaguert. Another wild pitch made it 8-6 in the eighth as the Hawks final three runs came without the aid of a hit. Balaguert (.333) led the offense with two hits and three RBI and Jacob Rogers (.286) had a pair of hits. Boise tallied nine hits and drew eight walks but were just 1-11 with RISP.

On the Mound: Duane Underwood surrendered six hits, two walks, and a hit batter in his NWL debut. The 18-year-old was the Cubs second-round pick last year out of Pope High School in Georgia. The right-hander was charged with three earned runs and fanned three. Orbandy Rodriguez got the Hawks out of trouble with runners on second and third in the fifth getting a pop out to end the inning in his first action since 2009. Rodriguez was cut by the Diamondbacks after it was revealed he falsified his name and birth date, subtracting three and a half years. He was recovering from a fractured elbow when his true identity was revealed. The Cubs signed the 6-foot-6 right-hander in November of 2012 and he was originally scouted and signed by Cubs current director of Dominican Republic Operations Jose Serra back in 2008. The 24-year-old retired the Volcanoes in the fifth but got in trouble in the sixth as he yielded five straight hits to open the inning. Before the frame was over they plated four runs. Rodriguez ended the night (2.1 IP, 6H 4ER, 0BB, 1K). RHP Ethan Elias, a 20-year-old former member of Canada's Junior National team, made his 2013 debut allowing a run on three hits and a walk with four punchouts in two innings. RHP Tyler Bremer made his second appearance working a scoreless ninth.

Hawks Notes: Trey Lang, a sixth-round pick in 2012, will make his NWL debut on Tuesday night as the 6-foot-3 right-hander throws in the low 90s and has only been concentrating on pitching for two years, one at Gateway Community College in Phoenix.

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