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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 29

The Cubs take two out of three low scoring games.

Roger C. Hoover

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs are heading home to Des Moines to take on Oklahoma City tomorrow at 6:38 Central time.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were dispersed by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 3-1.

Felix Peña was strong over seven innings, allowing just one run on four hits. Peña struck out seven and walked only two.

Carl Edwards Jr. took the loss in relief as his rough start to the season continues. Edwards gave up two runs in the top of the ninth, his second inning of work. Over two innings, Edwards allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out one.

The Smokies got their only run in the seventh inning on an Elliot Soto safety squeeze bunt, scoring Willson Contreras. Contreras was 1 for 4 with a double and Soto was 1 for 3.

Second baseman Stephen Bruno was 2 for 4.

Dan Vogelbach is 0 for his last 12 with one walk. It doesn't mean anything, but it's a reminder about getting excited about small sample sizes.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans polished the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 2-1.

This game was a pitchers duel as Jonathan Martinez kept the Blue Rocks off the board for six innings. Martinez allowed only two singles and he hit one batter. Martinez struck out two.

Martinez left the game after six innings with the score still tied, but Ben Wells pitched the seventh inning and gave up a run on two hits (both doubles). Wells did not walk or strike anyone out.

But Wells got the win when the Pelicans came back and scored twice in the top of the eighth inning. Gerardo Concepcion pitched the final two innings for his first save. Concepcion did have to get out of some jams as he allowed a hit and two walks in his two scoreless innings. Concepcion struck out one.

The Pelicans scored their two runs in the top of the eighth on a Carlos Penalver squeeze bunt and an RBI single by Mark Zagunis. Penalver was 0 for 3 with the RBI and Zagunis was 2 for 3 with a walk. He also stole a home run on defense out in left field.

Right fielder Billy McKinney was 2 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs shut out the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 2-0.

Starter Jeremy Null has gotten off to a torrid start to the season and today he allowed just six hits over 5.2 innings. More importantly, Null struck out six and walked nobody. In 22.2 innings this season, Null has struck out 23 batters and has yet to issue a walk. He's kept the opposition off the board in 3 out of his 4 starts this year and has an 0.79 ERA.

James Farris got the win in relief. He pitched 2.1 innings and gave up just one hit. He struck out two and walked one.

Jordan Minch pitched the ninth and got his first save of the season. He allowed a two-out walk, but nothing else. Minch struck out one.

Both of South Bend's runs came on a two-out triple in the seventh inning by shortstop Gleyber Torres. Torres was 2 for 3 with a walk.