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6/21 Minor matters

Thursday’s games

Brian Bogusevic had four hits, including a double, and drove in a run in Iowa’s 6-4 victory over Nashville. Yoanner Negrin gave up four runs over eight innings for the win. Junior Lake and Donnie Murphy each had three hits.

Austin Kirk threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 3-2 win over Chattanooga. Kirk struck out eight and walked four, giving up one hit. Arismendy Alcantara hit a triple and scored a run.

Javier Baez hit his 15th home run to back Matt Loosen and help Daytona beat Dunedin, 4-0. Loosen threw six scoreless innings, striking out eight. He did not walk a batter. Baez went 2-for-4, and now has 50 RBIs. He’s batting .276 overall.

Oliver Zapata had three hits and two RBIs in Kane County’s 5-3 loss to Quad Cities. Dan Vogelbach had two hits, including a double, and Rock Shoulders reached base four times with two hits and two walks.

Boise’s game against Spokane was postponed because of rain.

7/16 Minor League report – Saturday’s games

Randy Wells gave up seven runs on six hits and one walk over 1 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-1 loss to Omaha on Saturday. Josh Vitters doubled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He’s now batting .302. Casey Coleman gave up three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two runs on five hits over five innings, striking out six, in Tennessee’s 4-2 win. Juan Apodaca hit a three-run home run and Mike Burgess hit a solo shot. Justin Bour had two hits.

Austin Kirk gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits and five walks over six innings in Daytona’s 9-6 loss to Palm Beach. Roni Torreyes had three hits and one RBI.

Chadd Krist hit a walkoff RBI single with two outs in the 10th to give Peoria a 9-8 win over Bowling Green. Javier Baez had three hits, including a three-run home run, and also had a triple and stole a base. He finished with four RBIs. Krist had three hits, and is 7-for-14 in three games.

Trey Martin hit a three-run home run in Boise’s 9-3 win over Vancouver. Martin finished with two hits and four RBIs. Pete Levitt picked up the win in relief.

Timothy Saunders had four hits, including a two-run home run, to help Mesa beat the Padres, 13-3. Daniel Vogelbach had two hits and four RBIs and Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits and scored three runs. Carlos Martinez-Pumarino picked up the win in relief, striking out four over three innings.

– Carrie Muskat

Day 1 Draft notes

There’s something Cubs fans should know about Austin Kirk, the left-handed pitcher taken by the team in the third round of Tuesday’s First-Year Player Draft. The kid has a big heart.

Apparently, a 70-year-old man named Odis McCormack was a huge fan of the Owasso (Okla.) high school baseball team. Kirk was a star pitcher for the team and a favorite, especially after his 9-1 season and 0.45 ERA. The lefty struck out 111 in 61 2/3 innings. Kirk also hit .408 with 50 RBIs for the team.

When McCormack was battling an illness, his daughter asked the high school if some of the players could visit. They did, and McCormack and Kirk apparently hit it off. Kirk gave the gentleman one of his old jerseys and they kept in touch.

After Owasso won the state 6A championship game, Kirk called the McCormacks to tell them about the game.

“He’s a better person than he is a player and he’s a damn good player,” Owasso coach Larry Turner said of Kirk.

The players presented McCormack with a state championship medal. Last week, McCormack died, and he was buried wearing Kirk’s No. 18 jersey and with the state championship medal around his neck.

Some notes heading into Wednesday’s second day:

* Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot do know LSU infielder David LeMahieu, whom the Cubs picked in the second round. “We’ve been keeping tabs on him the last few years,” Fontenot said. “He’s a good ballplayer.” The three apparently worked out together before Spring Training began this year. This season, LeMahieu hit .350 in 55 games with 10 doubles, three triples, four homers and 29 RBIs. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., he was drafted in the 41st round by Detroit in 2007 and, obviously, did not sign.

* Of the 616 Major League players on the 2009 Opening Day rosters to have come through the Draft, 218 of them (35.6 percent) are still members of the organizations that drafted them.

* For trivia buffs, MLB’s first Draft was in June 1965, and the Cubs had the sixth selection that year, tabbing right-handed pitcher Rick James from Coffee (Ala.) High School. The first pick? Rick Monday, who was selected by the Athletics.

– Carrie Muskat

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