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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 19

The Pelicans are on the cusp of a playoff berth. Ian Happ makes his professional debut and the Emeralds win their first game as a Cubs affiliate.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs rerouted the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 9-3.

Donn Roach improved his record on the season to 7-1 with seven strong innings. Actually, it was six strong innings after he gave up a three-run home run in the first inning. After that, nothing. Roach's final line was 7 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out one and walked nobody.

Carl Edwards Jr. pitched two innings of hitless relief of Roach. Edwards walked one and struck out one.

Iowa had ten position players play tonight and all ten of them got hits. They each got one hit except for Adron Chambers, who went 2 for 5 with one run scored.

Matt Szczur was 1 for 4 with two stolen bases and a hit-by-pitch. Szczur had one RBI and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies split a doubleheader with the Mississippi Braveslosing the continuation of Thursday's suspended game 6-3 and winning the regularly scheduled game 4-2.

Felix Pena started game one on Thursday and tossed four scoreless innings, giving up just three hits. He struck out six and walked one.

Andres Santiago started on the mound when the game restarted today and took the loss. Santiago allowed five runs on seven hits over four innings. Santiago walked one and struck out two.

Right fielder Billy McKinney was 3 for 3 with a double, a walk and a run scored in this game.

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

Unfortunately, the Smokies' loss in game one allowed the Chattanooga Lookouts to claim the first half division title.

In game two, Frank Batista got the win after pitching six innings and allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out one.

P.J. Francescon pitched the seventh for his eighth save. Francescon gave up a two-out double, but nothing else. He struck out two.

McKinney was perfect today as he was 2 for 2 with a walk in the second game. McKinney had one RBI and one run scored in game two.

Bryant Flete was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans topped the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 7-4.

Tyler Skulina pitched the first four innings of this game without allowing a hit. Then he started the fifth inning and exited after loading the bases with no outs on two walks and an error. Zach Cates relieved Skulina and let all three inherited runners score with a single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. But Cates was given the win because Skulina didn't go five innings and someone needed to be awarded the win.

The final line on Skulina was 4+ innings pitched, allowing three unearned runs on no hits and six walks. He struck out one. Cates pitched two innings without allowing a run of his own and surrendered two hits. He struck out four and walked one.

Jasvir Rakkar pitched to Lynchburg's final five batters and retired them all for his eighth save. Rakkar struck out three.

Mark Zagunis homered the first two times he came to the plate with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first and a solo home run in the third. Zagunis now has five home runs this season. He was also a perfect 4 for 4 with three RBI.

Pin-Chieh Chen had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 game. Chen scored twice.

DH Chesny Young was 2 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored. Young has an 11 game hitting streak.

Unfortunately Salem won, so the Pelicans could not clinch the first-half title tonight. The Pelicans play a doubleheader tomorrow and just need to win one of the two games to clinch a playoff spot.

South Bend Cubs

Before a record crowd at Four Winds Field in South Bend, the South Bend Cubs wiped out against the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 8-4.

Starter Jeremy Null lost his second game of the season after he surrendered three runs on five hits over three innings. Null struck out one and walked no one.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 2 for 4 with an RBI. DH Charcer Burks was 2 for 4 and scored a run.

Left fielder Kevin Encarnacion was 2 for 3 with two RBI.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds stomped on the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 7-5.

Justin Steele was pretty impressive in his first start of the season. Steele pitched five innings and allowed two unearned runs on just two hits. Steele walked two and struck out nine in only five innings.

Jordan Brink got the win in relief of Steele. Brink pitched 2.2 innings and gave up three runs on four hits. Only one of the three runs was earned, however. Brink walked one and struck out two.

Alex Santana pitched the ninth inning and got the save, although he did allow two baserunners on a hit and a walk. But a 3-6-3 double play ended the game. Santana did not strike anyone out.

Third baseman Adonis Paula had two doubles in a 3 for 4 evening. Paula had three RBI and one run scored.

First-round pick Ian Happ made his professional debut tonight. He played center field and went 1 for 5 with a run scored.