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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 16

Iowa wins Bryant's farewell.

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So did anything happen in the minor leagues tonight?

Iowa Cubs

Kris Bryant hit a three-run home run as the Iowa Cubs calmed the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 10-7 in game one of a doubleheader. Game 2 was rained out.

Eric Jokisch had a rough start. He allowed four runs on nine hits over 3.2 innings. Jokisch struck out four and walked two.

Gonzalez Germen relieved Jokisch and got the win after the I-Cubs scored seven runs in the sixth inning. Germen did not allow a hit over 1.1 innings, but he did walk two batters and he hit one. The first walk he issued drove in a runner inherited from Jokisch. Germen struck out two.

Armando Rivero came out to pitch the seventh inning, but he couldn't make it through the inning after allowing three runs and three hits and only retiring two batters. James Russell then entered the game in a save situation and, after allowing an RBI single, he got a strikeout to end the game and pick up his first save.

Bryant's three-run home run in the sixth inning was a tremendous blast down the left field line. Both the New Orleans and Iowa announcers thought the ball may have been foul, but it was hard to tell because the foul pole didn't go up that high. Bryant was also robbed of another home run by right fielder Cole Gillespie in the fifth inning. Bryant was 1 for 4.

You can see the home run here. They won't let me embed it yet.

Here's Sparkles getting robbed:

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The new top prospect in the Cubs system, Addison Russell, played second base and was 3 for 4 with a double. Russell scored two runs and had three RBI. (Although Anthony Giansanti is campaigning for the new top prospect status for himself.)

Right fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the sixth. He scored one run.

Junior Lake was 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies won their home opener, 5-4 over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds).

Starter Corey Black went four innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Black struck out five and walked just one.

Michael Jensen picked up the win because Black didn't go five innings. Jensen pitched two scoreless innings, giving u two hits. He struck out two and did not walk anyone, although he did hit a batter.

C.J. Edwards had a rough start to his relief appearance, allowing the first three batters to reach. But he settled down after that. Edwards allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over 1.2 innings. Edwards struck out two.

P.J. Francescon had a four-out save tonight. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one.

First baseman Daniel Vogelbach was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored once. Catcher Willson Contreras was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Second baseman Stephen Bruno was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. Bruno had an RBI single in the fourth inning and later scored.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Rained out. Those guys and gals in Myrtle Beach sure know how to make an organization feel welcome. All this time, we thought we'd miss the rain in Daytona Beach.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs got cooked by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 7-6 in ten innings.

Jeremy Null turned in his second straight strong start, giving up just two runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out six and didn't walk anyone.

The Cubs had a lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but Francisco Carrillo couldn't nail down the save. Carrillo gave up an unearned run in the ninth and another earned one in the tenth to take the loss. He pitched 1.2 innings, allowing four hits. He didn't walk anyone but he did hit a batter. He struck out two.

Catcher Cael Brockmeyer was 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored. Second baseman Jason Vosler was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 4.

Left fielder Charcer Burks went 3 for 4 and gunned down a runner at the plate in the ninth inning, temporarily preserving South Bend's lead.