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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 21

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The Pelicans are on a roll and South Bend moves into a tie for a wildcard spot with a win.

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Some movement in the minors today as Jeimer Candelario, Jacob Rogers and Juan Paniagua were all promoted from Myrtle Beach to Tennessee. Jeffry Antigua was promoted back to Iowa.

In case you haven't seen it, Iowa Cubs outfielder Anthony Giansanti made the national sports news today. None of this should come as a surprise to any of you who have been following Giansanti's career over the past few years, as he's well-known for his sense of humor and antics.

Giansanti responded to all the attention.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In the words of the great Ron Burgundy, &quot;well, that escalated quickly.&quot;</p>&mdash; Anthony Giansanti (@GianSanity) <a href="https://twitter.com/GianSanity/status/623512375400923136">July 21, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Nothin like having your mom see you on ESPN for the 1st time...no, not for baseball but for leaving my celeb crush tickets <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MakinMamaProud?src=hash">#MakinMamaProud</a></p>&mdash; Anthony Giansanti (@GianSanity) <a href="https://twitter.com/GianSanity/status/623535190061658112">July 21, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were late for the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 6-5, snapping a six-game win streak.

Tsuyoshi Wada got knocked around in a rehab start, allowing all six runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings. Wada struck out three and walked no one.

Right fielder Rubi Silva homered in his fourth straight game, hitting a two-run blast in the second inning. Silva now has ten home runs this season. Silva was 1 for 4.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva hit a solo home run in the third inning. It was his 13th home run of the season. Villanueva was 2 for 5

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies swept a doubleheader from the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 3-2 and 3-1.

In game one, starter Felix Peña struck out a career-high ten batters in only 4.2 innings. Peña allowed two runs on four hits and three walks.

Because Peña came one out short of qualifying for a win, it was awarded to P.J. Francescon, who pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief of Peña. He did allow two hits and one inherited runner to scored. Francescon struck out two and walked no one.

Zac Rosscup pitched the ninth in a rehab assignment. He struck out the side in order. All swinging.

Catcher Willson Contreras was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI in game one.

In game two, starter Ivan Pineyro went the distance for seven-inning complete game and his sixth win of the year. Pineyro allowed one run on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked no one.

Second baseman Bryant Flete sure picked a good time to hit his first home run of the season--it was a walkoff two-run blast in the bottom of the 7th. Flete was 1 for 3.

Shortstop Elliot Soto went 2 for 3 with a double. He scored on the Flete home run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans cruised to the eighth straight win, 12-0 over the Salem Red Sox.

Jen-Ho Tseng won his fourth game of the season with five scoreless innings. Tseng allowed five hits. He walked three and struck out three.

Catcher Cael Brockmeyer made his first Pelicans home run a big one--a grand slam in the fourth inning. It was his seventh overall home run. Brockmeyer was 2 for 4 with five RBI and three runs scored.

DH Kevin Brown went 4 for 5 with two doubles. Brown scored once and had one RBI.

RIght fielder Mark Zagunis went 3 for 5 with a double and three runs scored. Third baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 5 (no surprise) and scored once.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs shut out the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 5-0.

Erick Leal had his best and longest start of his career, going eight innings and giving up seven hits. He struck out eight and walked only one.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 3 for 4 with a stolen base and one run scored.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford went 1 for 2 with a double and a walk. He scored twice.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were deported by the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 3-1.

Oscar De La Cruz pitched well, but he took the loss after giving up two runs on four hits over six innings. One of the two runs was unearned. De La Cruz walked two and struck out three.

Eloy Jimenez hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth. It was his third of the season. Jimenez was 1 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Beating the Indians 8-1 in the 8th inning.