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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 2

Pierce Johnson made a triumphant return to Tennessee. And Eloy Jimenez hit the first of many.

Dylan Heuer

The voting for the Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month was really close, but you chose Kris Bryant by less than ten votes over Jacob Hannemann and Tsuyoshi Wada by less than five votes over Juan Paniagua. Congratulations to the winners and the runners-up.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs won their fourth straight, beating the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 4-3.

Chris Rusin started and got his sixth win. Rusin gave up two runs, one earned, on eight hits over seven innings. He struck out three and walked three.

Blake Parker got his 18th save with a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed no hits, although he did walk one batter after two were out. He struck out one.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2 for 4. He tripled home Josh Vitters with the tying run in the seventh inning and then scored the go-ahead run on a Matt Szczur double.

Szczur and Vitters were both 1 for 4.

Third baseman Kris Bryant went 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and he had one RBI. He also stole a base.

Shortstop Javier Baez was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored one run and also stole a base.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies swallowed the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 7-0.

Pierce Johnson dominated in his first start back with the Smokies after going on the disabled list on May 19. Johnson went 7.1 innings and allowed only one hit. He walked two and struck out five. Johnson retired the final 12 batters he faced. Of the three base runners he allowed, he picked one of them off first base and erased another in a double play, so he only faced one batter over the minimum.

Left fielder Kevin Brown was 3 for 4 with a double. He had two RBI and he scored two runs.

Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI. Ha scored once.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were beached by the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers), 4-3.

Justin Amlung pitched the first 5+ innings and he gave up three hits, two earned, on six hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Starling Peralta got the loss. He allowed one run in his two innings of relief and he allowed one runner he inherited from Amlung to score as well. Peralta gave up three hit. He struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Center fielder Albert Almora was 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored twice.

Shortstop Marco Hernandez went 2 for 4.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars were caged by the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals), 8-5.

Tyler Skulina started, but he didn't make it out of the first inning. Skulina allowed three runs on three hits. He didn't walk or strike anyone out, but he did hit one batter. The Cubs have a single inning pitch count limit, which is why Skulina didn't finish the first inning. His record fell to 4-4.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored one run and had another RBI.

Left fielder Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 4 with a walk. DH Yasiel Balaguert went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI.

Catcher Will Remillard was 0 for 1 with three walks before exiting with an apparent hand injury. Jacob Rogers was 0 for 2 with three walks.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks vacuumed up the Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies), 8-3.

It was a great start tonight for Erick Leal, who allowed only one unearned run over six innings. He surrendered five hits and walked one while striking out two. It was Leal's second win of the season.

A day after he hit two home runs, third baseman Jesse Hodges clubbed another one. This one was a two-run home run in the third inning. It was Hodges' fourth home run this season. He was 2 for 5.

Left fielder Mark Zagunis went 2 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base. He scored two runs and hit one RBI.

Catcher Mark Malave went 2 for 4 with a walk and two RBI. Second baseman Giuseppe Papaccio went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Padres, 6-4.

Dillon Maples threw two innings in this game, his first action of the season. Eloy Jimenez hit his first official professional home run.