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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 8

The Emeralds win their fifth straight but top four teams in the system are slumping.

Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were soaked by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 7-5.

Frank Batista started and took the loss. Batista pitched 5+ innings and allowed five runs on six hits. Batista walked three and struck out five.

Carl Edwards Jr. threw two innings of relief without allowing the Storm Chasers to even hit the ball into fair territory. That would be more impressive if he didn't walk three, including one walk that drove in a runner inherited from Batista. Edwards struck out five and he got the other out on a foul out.

First baseman Taylor Davis was 3 for 5 with a triple and one runs scored.

Left fielder Junior Lake went 2 for 4 with a walk. Lake scored once and had one RBI.

DH Anthony Giansanti was 2 for 4 with a double and he scored twice.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were peeled by the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 8-5.

Felix Peña started and took the loss. Peña allowed four runs on six hits over 3.1 innings. He walked four and struck out four.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBI. He also scored once.

Left fielder Bijan Rademacher went 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. Rademacher scored one run and drove one in.

Shortstop Elliot Soto was 2 for 4 with a walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The offensive drought for the Pelicans continues as Myrtle Beach was shut out by the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 1-0. The Pelicans have now gone 24 innings without scoring a run.

Jen-Ho Tseng retired the first 18 batters of the game before giving up a leadoff single in the seventh inning. After a sacrifice bunt, Tseng gave up another single and the run. Those were the only two baserunners that Tseng allowed over eight innings of work. Tseng struck out five and for his efforts, he got his sixth loss of the season.

The Pelicans managed just five hits.

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South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were poached by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 6-2.

Starter Jake Stinnett took the loss after pitching four innings and surrendering four runs on five hits. One of the runs was unearned. Stinnett struck out six and walked three.

Left fielder Kevin Encarnacion was 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI. He scored once. Catcher Erick Castillo was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

The SB Cubs went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position in this game.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds scored seven runs in the first inning and cruised to their fifth straight win, 10-4 over the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres)

Kyle Twomey made his first professional start tonight. He went two innings and allowed two hits but no runs. Twomey walked one and struck out one.

Jose Paulino was awarded the win because Twomey didn't go five, but he didn't really pitch all that well. Paulino allowed four runs on four hits over 4.2 innings. He did strike out eight batters and he walked three.

The big blow in that first inning was a three-run home run by DH Matt Rose. It was Rose's first professional home run. Rose was 1 for 4.

Catcher Tyler Alamo was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks. Alamo scored twice.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Rangers 4-3.