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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 18

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For the second night in a row, someone hit two home runs for the I-Cubs.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs plucked the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 10-4.

Felipe Paulino started and got his second win of the year after allowing one run on five hits over five innings. He did have some pretty serious control problems as he walked six while striking out three.

Center fielder Matt Szczur hit two solo home runs tonight, one to lead off the bottom of the first inning and one in the fifth. Szczur now has seven home runs in the minors this season. Szczur went 3 for 5 with three total RBI.

Two batters after Szczur homered to lead off the bottom of the first, left fielder Junior Lake made it 3-0 with a two-run blast for his sixth Iowa home run and fourth in the last five days. Lake was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored three times and had three runs batted in.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara had two triples tonight in a 2 for 5 game. Alcantara scored three times.

First baseman Christian Villanueva went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI>

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies lost to the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 2-1 in ten innings.

Starter Rob Zastryzny pitched 5.2 innings and allowed one run on five hits. He also had control issues as he walked four and only struck out two.

Jeffry Antigua entered the game in the bottom of the tenth inning. He loaded the bases on a leadoff double, a single to right and an intentional walk before the game ended on a sacrifice fly.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 2 with a walk. First baseman Wes Darvill was 2 for 4. Darvill singled home Sutton Whiting in the seventh inning for the only Smokies run of the game.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans annexed the Potomac Nationals, 7-4.

Jeremy Null pitched five innings and got his first Pelicans win after allowing three runs on seven hits against a lineup that included Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon. Null walked two and struck out five.

As he has been for much of the season, first baseman Jacob Rogers swung the big stick for the Pelicans tonight. Rogers went 2 for 5 with a two-run double and a two-run single for four total RBI.

Catcher Jordan Hankins became the other hero of the night when he hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning, his first of the season. Hankins was 2 for 3 with a walk.

Chesny Young was 1 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base. Young scored twice.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs waved the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers) goodbye, 5-3.

Tommy Thorpe started this game and allowed two runs on three hits over five innings. Thorpe walked two and struck out three.

Tyler Ihrig got the win with four innings of relief. Ihrig allowed one run on three hits. He struck out three and walked one.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez led off the bottom of the first inning with his fifth home run of the season and second in as many games. Baez finished the game 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 2 for 4 with an RBI triple that scored Baez in the third inning to tie up the game at 2-2.

Catcher Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI. He scored once.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds beat the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 4-3 in 11 innings.

Ryan Kellogg tossed the first two innings and allowed one run on one hit, a solo home run in the second inning, Kellogg did not have a walk or strikeout.

Adbert Alzolay tossed five innings of scoreless relief. Alzolay allowed four hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Tyler Peitzmeier blew a save in the bottom of the ninth, but went on to pitch the tenth and got the win. His final line was 1.2 innings, allowing no runs on one hit and a walk. He did allow one inherited runner to score. Peitzmeier struck out two in what was his first professional win.

Tanner Griggs pitched the bottom of the 11th and got the save. Griggs allowed a one-out single, but nothing else. He struck out two.

Shortstop Adonis Paula hit a two-out double in the top of the 11th, scoring Blake Headley with what would turn out to be the winning run. Paula went 2 for 5 with a double and a triple. He also scored once.

Left fielder Eloy Jimenez was 2 for 5 with an RBI single that broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth inning.

Right fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 2 for 5 with an RBI single in the top of the ninth. It was Mitchell's first two-hit game of the season.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Athletics, 10-2.