7/12 Minor matters – Friday’s games

* Chris Rusin gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Oklahoma City. Rusin struck out a season-high nine batters, and notched his 11th quality start. Chris Valaika hit his ninth home run. Javier Baez hit his 19th double, and drove in two runs. Iowa will play a doubleheader on Saturday with Dan Straily scheduled to start the first game.

Note: Lars Anderson was activated from the disabled list and Jonathan Mota returned from Tennessee. The two will take the spots of Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, who are playing in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field in Minneapolis on Sunday. Anderson has been on the DL since May 17, and last played in a game on May 12. Mota is in his second stint with Iowa after starting the season with Tennessee. He hit .224 (15-for-67) with nine runs scored, one home run and eight RBI in 26 games.

* Christian Villanueva hit his second home run since joining Tennessee in a 4-2 loss to Jacksonville. Corey Black gave up two runs over seven innings and struck out eight, but took the loss. It was his fourth quality start. Addison Russell had his second straight multi-hit game, and drove in a run. Dustin Geiger also had multiple hits for the second straight game.

* Dan Vogelbach, Bijan Rademacher and Wes Darvill each had two hits and one RBIs, but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 8-5, to Jupiter. Starling Peralta took the loss, giving up five runs (three earned) over 1 1/3 innings in relief.

* Ben Carhart hit two home runs, Jacob Rogers added a solo shot and Jacob Hannemann connected to lead Kane County to a 6-3 win over Beloit. Duane Underwood picked up the win, giving up two runs over six innings and striking out a career-high eight batters.

* Jesse Hodges had three hits in Boise’s 5-3 win over Eugene. Mark Zagunis had two RBIs.

* Five Mesa pitchers combined to shut out the Mariners, 2-0. Carson Sands, the Cubs’ fourth round pick in the June Draft, started and struck out two over one inning. He combined with Tommy Thorpe, Jesus Castillo, Pedro Araujo and Yomar Morel on the shutout. Emilio Bonifacio went 3-for-4 with three singles in his first rehab game.

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The Futures Game just might be the most anticipated game of the year for Cubs fans outside of Des Moines. My DVR is set.

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