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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 17

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Two home runs or five-for-five? Which one is the bigger story?

Chesny Young
Chesny Young
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs outslugged the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 9-7.

Dallas Beeler started for the I-Cubs and he gave up three runs on six hits over six innings. One of the runs was unearned. Beeler struck out five and walked only one.

The I-Cubs had a big 9-3 lead in the 8th when Yoervis Medina entered the game and got hammered for four runs in only a third of an inning. Included in those four runs was a three-run home run.

Brian Schlitter pitched a scoreless ninth to get his 12th save. Schlitter allowed a walk to Stephen Piscotty with two outs, but Piscotty was thrown out stealing second base to end the game.

First baseman Christian Villanueva hit two home runs tonight, both solo shots in the third and fourth innings. Villanueva was 2 for 3 with a sac fly in the game. He now has 13 home runs on the year and 11 for Iowa.

In the bottom of the first inning, right fielder Rubi Silva hit a two-run home run as part of a five-run inning for the I-Cubs. It was his seventh of the season. Silva was 2 for 3 with a double and three total RBI. He also scored twice.

Shortstop Jonathan Mota was 2 for 5. He doubled and scored in the first inning.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were burned by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 4-3.

The Smokies wasted a strong start by Pierce Johnson, who went 6.2 innings and allowed just one run (on a fourth inning home run) on six hits. Johnson struck out five and walked two.

Corey Black got the Smokies out of a runners on second and third, two outs jam in the seventh inning with a strikeout, but then he started the eighth inning and he failed to retire a single batter. Black took the loss after going a third of an inning and allowing three runs on one hit and two walks. On of the three runs was unearned

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 4 with a walk and two steals. Hannemann scored once.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He drove in two runs and scored once.

Catcher Willson Contreras went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI single. Third baseman Varonex Cuevas had a 2 for 5 with a double night.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans redistricted the Potomac Nationals, 7-2.

Pelicans starter Daury Torrez outdueled Lucas Giolito, the top pitching prospect in the minors. Torrez allowed just one run on four hits over six innings. He struck out one and walked no one.

DH Chesny Young was a perfect 5 for 5 with a triple tonight. Young scored three runs and drove one in.  Young's reaching base streak now stands at 35 games.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario went 3 for 5 with a double. Candelario scored one run and drove two in.

Second baseman Daniel Lockhart went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs discontinued the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 10-3.

Michael Wagner got his second win with a solid start of six innings, allowing one run on four hits. Wagner walked three and struck out four.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run in the third inning, his fourth of the season. Baez finished the night 3 for 5 with a double and the homer. He scored three times and drove two home.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres had another big night going 3 for 5 with two doubles and a steal. Torres scored once and had two RBI.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and three driven in. Second baseman David Bote was 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Al will have more on this game tomorrow.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were shut out by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks) for the second straight day, 2-0.

Eighth-round pick Preston Morrison made his first professional start (he had one earlier relief appearance) and took the loss. Morrison pitched two innings and allowed one run on four hits. He struck out two and walked no one.

Greyfer Eregua tossed five scoreless innings of relief, giving up just one hit. He struck out six and walked two.

Hops pitcher Cody Reed retired the first 20 Ems batters in this game before Ian Happ doubled with two outs in the seventh inning. Happ had a single in the ninth, so he finished 2 for 4, which were all of the Ems hits.

AZL Cubs

Off day.