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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 16

The I-Cubs made their national TV debut a successful one.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs made the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) blue, 4-1.

Tsuyoshi Wada started this game in a rehab and he looked ready to return to Chicago. Wada went six innings and allowed one run on five hits. Wada struck out five and walked no one. He threw 71 pitches, 48 for strikes. After the game, Wada said he was ready to come off the disabled list.

Rafael Soriano was promoted to Iowa today and he made his Des Moines debut a successful one. Soriano pitched one inning and allowed an infield single, but struck out the other three batters he faced.

Carl Edwards Jr. pitched a scoreless eighth inning and got the win when Iowa struck for three runs in the bottom of the inning. Edwards walked the first batter he faced and then after a sacrifice bunt, he walked a second batter. But then he induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Brian Schlitter pitched the ninth and got his 11th save. One baserunner reached on a Mike Olt error, but otherwise Schlitter gave up nothing. He struck out one.

First baseman Olt hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie, and then scored on a Taylor Davis single. Olt was 2 for 4 with two doubles.

The other Iowa run came courtesy of a monster home run to left-center by left fielder Junior Lake. It was Lake's fifth Iowa home run this year. Lake was 2 for 4.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva went 2 for 4 with a double and scored on the Olt double. He also made a highlight reel play at third base on defense, making a diving stop down the third base line and then throwing the runner out with a throw to first on one bounce.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were battered by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 9-2.

Starter Ivan Pineyro got plastered for seven runs on ten hits over five innings. One of the runs was unearned. Pineyro struck out five and walked one.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 1 for 3 with an RBI double and two walks.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans overruled the Potomac Nationals, 1-0.

Jonathan Martinez was brilliant tonight, pitching seven innings and only allowing four hits as he improved his record to 6-1. Martinez struck out four and walked no one.

Michael Heesch pitched the ninth for the save. Heesch struck out the first batter he faced, walked the second and got a double play to end the game.

The only Pelicans run came in the fourth inning when a Victor Caratini sac fly scored Jeimer Candelario.

Chesny Young was 1 for 4 in this game, extending his on-base streak to 34 games.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs junked the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 10-6.

Jake Stinnett got his fourth win after allowing just one run on five hits over five innings. He did walk four batters, however, while striking out one.

After Sam Wilson allowed five runs over 1.2 innings in the eighth and ninth, Corbin Hoffner had to enter the game with two outs in the ninth to get the save. He got a ground out to third to end the game.

Left fielder Yasiel Balaguert went 4 for 5 with a double and a solo home run in the second inning. It was Balaguert's seventh home run this year. He scored three runs.

Two batters after Balaguert's home run, second baseman David Bote connected with the bases empty for his third home run of the year. Bote went 3 for 5. He scored twice and had three RBI.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez went 2 for 5 with one run scored and two RBI. Catcher Erick Castillo was 2 for 5 and scored once.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 3 for 5.

Al was at this game and will have a full recap in the morning.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were shut out by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 4-0.

Kyle Twomey pitched the first two innings of this game and allowed no runs on one hit. Twomey struck out two and walked no one.

Jose Paulino relieved Twomey and took the loss. Paulino pitched five innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on nine hits. He did strike out seven while walking only one.

The Emeralds offense was completely shut down by Hops pitcher Jared Miller, who struck out 11 and walked only one over six innings. In total for the game, the Emeralds had four hits and struck out 14 times.

Center fielder Ian Happ was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Diamondbacks, 2-1.

Dylan Cease threw three scoreless innings in this game.  A couple of Tweets from John Arguello of Cubs Den.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cease on the mound again. All FBs, 93-95, T96</p>&mdash; John Arguello (@CubsDen) <a href="">July 17, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Topped out at 97 again in the thrd mixed iin a feew yakkers. One decent, one slurvy and the third was pretty.</p>&mdash; John Arguello (@CubsDen) <a href="">July 17, 2015</a></blockquote>

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