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Kyle Schwarber leads Team USA to victory. The Smokies win big behind Pierce Johnson's arm and bat.

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SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game

Team USA beat Team World, 10-1.

The Cubs Kyle Schwarber started the game at catcher and went 1 for 3 with a two-run triple that he roped down the right field line. He also threw out Ketel Marte trying to steal and later put a nice tag on Marte at the plate after Michael Conforto threw a strike on a base hit to left field. For Schwarber's efforts, he was named the game's MVP.

I hate to mention that his passed ball led to the only World run of the game.

Carl Edwards Jr. pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed two hits and struck out one. In fairness to Edwards, both hits were weak infield dribblers that died between the mound and third base.

Iowa Cubs

Have started their All-Star Break.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies cracked open the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 8-2.

Pierce Johnson started this game and got the win after pitching five innings and allowing one run on five hits. Johnson walked four and struck out four.  Johnson also had three RBI after a ground out and an two-run single.

The Smokies scored their eight runs on only five hits, thanks in part to seven walks, a hit batsman and two Shuckers errors. Third baseman Bryant Flete was 0 for 1 with three walks. He scored once and walked in a run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans split a doubleheader with the Carolina Mudcats (Braves), winning the resumption of yesterday's suspended game 9-0 and dropping the regularly-scheduled game 2-1.

Daury Torrez started game one yesterday and didn't allow a hit over 3.1 innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Michael Heesch picked up today where Torrez left off and got the win after tossing 2.2 scoreless innings. Heesch gave up three hits. He didn't walk anyone and he struck out two.

DH Kevin Brown hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning of game one. It was Brown's second home run this season. Brown finished this game 2 for 5 with four RBI and two runs scored.

Catcher Victor Caratini was 2 for 5 with an RBI. Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 2 with a walk and two RBI. He also scored once.

In game two, starter Jeremy Null pitched well but got the loss after he gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. Null kept the ball in play as he only struck out one and didn't walk anyone.

DH Chesny Young was 2 for 3 with a double in game two. He scored the lone Pelicans run.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were sunk by the Lake County Captains (Indians), 3-1.

Starter Trevor Clifton took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits in 6.2 innings. The big blow was a two-run home run in the third by Taylor Murphy. Clifton struck out eight and walked two, so that is encouraging.

Charcer Burks singled home Andrew Ely with the only Cubs run of the game in the eighth. Burks was 1 for 4 and Ely was 1 for 3.

Rashad Crawford was 2 for 3.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were buried alive by the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 15-2.

Starter Carson Sands gave up six runs over 2.1 innings. All six runs were unearned thanks to a pair of Ems errors. Sands allowed four hits and he walked two. Sands struck out one.

Center fielder Ian Happ was 2 for 4 with a triple in the ninth inning, which started a two-run rally that fell 13 runs short. Happ did score one of those runs.

First baseman Joey Martarano was 2 for 4 with an RBI in his Eugene debut.

DH Ian Rice was 2 for 4. He doubled home Happ and scored on Martarano's RBI single.


AZL Cubs

Beat the White Sox, 1-0.