Boise clinches, 8/30 Cubs Recap

Boise clinched a playoff berth for the fourth straight year with a 9-8 win over Salem-Keizer, earning the post-season trip with the best overall record as Hillsboro won both halves. Dallas Beeler tossed seven shutout frames as Iowa blanked Oklahoma City but the I-Cubs eliminated from the playoffs. Tennessee’s showdown with Chattanooga was rained out while Kane County and Daytona both lost.

AAA—Iowa 3, Oklahoma City 0

Dallas Beeler tossed seven shutout innings as the I-Cubs blanked the Redhawks.

At the Dish: Iowa got all their runs on long balls, a solo blast from Jonathan Mota (3) and a two-run shot from Ryan Kalish (7). 3B Kris Bryant (.295) singled and Mota finished with two hits.

On the Hill: Dallas Beeler (9-6, 3.40 ERA) made it 17 straight starts of six plus innings and closed out the AAA season with 13 straight scoreless frames. Beeler fanned four, and gave up four hits and three walks. Armado Rivero struckout two in a scoreless 8th and Blake Parker recorded his 25th save, pitching the 9th.

I-Cubs Notes: Eric Jokisch (9-10, 3.58 ERA) makes his 27th start of the year and is second in the PCL in innings pitched (158.1) and strikeouts (143). Iowa was eliminated Saturday afternoon when Omaha won on a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth against Colorado Springs.

AA—Tennessee at Chattanooga

The battle for the Southern League Division was put on hold after Saturday night’s game was rained out. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday with the first game starting at 4:15 p.m. The Smokies send the Cubs top two pitching prospects to the mound—C.J. Edwards (1-1, 2.25 ERA) and Pierce Johnson (5-4, 2.49 ERA)

High A—Tampa 3, Daytona 1

Tampa used 10 hits to beat Daytona.

At the Dish: Daytona’s offense had a hangover from their clinching win on Friday night, collecting five hits off Tampa pitching. C Benjamin Carhart (.326) was 1-for-4 with a RBI while SS Marco Hernandez (.270) doubled for the D-Cubs only extra base hit. LF Kyle Schwarber (.302), who had his 15-game hitting streak snapped on Friday, singled and scored.

On the Hill: Making his 11th start, Yao-Lin Wang (4-6, 5.40 ERA) gave up three runs on six hits in three innings. The bullpen kept the Yankees off the board the final six frames—Michael Jensen (2.1 IP, 2K), Austin Kirk (1.2 IP, 3K), Starling Peralta (2 IP, 1 K)

Low A—Peoria 4, Kane County 2

Kanne County dropped their first home game of August.

At the Dish: Kane County had nine hits, three off the bat of RF Yasiel Balaguert (.251), who added a double and knocked in a run. 1B Jacob Rogers (.265) and 2B Daniel Lockhart (.285) had two hits each. Cougars loaded the bases with one-out in the ninth and after DH Chesny Young (.333) hit a sac fly, 3B Jeimer Candelario (.253) fanned to end the game.

On the Hill: Daury Torrez (11-7, 2.74 ERA) worked five innings, giving up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Zak Hermans (3.89 ERA) worked a scoreless inning, Michael Wagner (3.03 ERA) yielded two runs in 1.2 innings and James Pugliese (1.71 ERA) got the final four outs.

Cougars Notes: Ben Wells (3-0, 2.01 ERA) takes the mound Sunday against Peoria.

Short-Season—Boise 9, Salem-Keizer 8

Boise jumped out to a 8-1 lead and hung on to capture a playoff berth for the second half for the fourth consecutive trip to the NWL post-season.

At the Dish: Boise pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of three errors in the win. 17-year-old SS Gleyber Torres (.421) doubled, scored twice and slugged his first NWL homer. C Danny Canela (.294) drove home three runs on a pair of singles and DH Justin Marra (.277) launched his team-leading 9th homer, a two-run shot in the first. RF Charcer Burks (.315) and LF Kevin Brown (.268) were both 2-5 with two runs and a RBI. Every Boise player had at least one hit.

On the Hill: Trevor Graham (4-4, 5.40 ERA) won his first decision since July 5, allowing four runs on nine hits in five innings. Graham fanned five and coaxed seven ground ball outs. With the wind blowing out at 40 mph, James Norwood (0-2, 7.00 ERA) allowed three homers and four runs over two innings with five strikeouts. Ryan Williams kept the Volcanoes off the board for two frames and fanned the final hitter of the game to clinch.

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