8/30 Cubs Minor League report
Bryan LaHair hit his 37th home run to tie the franchise record and Brad Snyder hit a go-ahead RBI single to help Iowa beat Nashville, 8-5, on Monday night. Chris Rusin gave up five runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings but Hung-Wen Chen picked up the win in relief. Brett Jackson scored three runs and Lou Montanez had three hits and three RBIs. LaHair now is tied with Joe Hicks for the single-season Iowa home run mark.
Josh Vitters, Nate Samson and Trey McNutt each homered in Tennessee’s 7-2 win over Jacksonville. McNutt picked up the win in relief, giving up one run on six hits over six innings. The homer was his first pro hit. Vitters had two hits, including his 13th homer, and two RBIs. Rebel Ridling extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Andrew Cashner started in his third rehab outing, and struck out the three batters he faced. He now heads to Triple-A Iowa to finish his rehab.
“The ball comes out of his hand real easy and smooth,” Smokies manager Brian Harper said of Cashner. “It kind of jumps on the hitter. He obviously looks healthy.”
Jake Optiz hit two home runs to pace an 18-hit attack and lead Daytona to a 9-6 win over Dunedin. Matt Loosen picked up the win, giving up two earned runs on four hits over five innings. Also, Evan Crawford, Frank Batista, Justin Bour and manager Buddy Bailey were named Florida State League All-Stars. Batista now has 26 saves.
Rafael Valdes had two hits and scored a run in Peoria’s 5-4 loss to Kane County. Anthony Giansanti had two hits and a stolen base.
Boise had Monday off and opens its final homestand of the season Tuesday against Vancouver. The Mesa club ended its season on Sunday, finishing 28-28.
— Carrie Muskat