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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 22

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A sweep. In the bad way.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were flattened by the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 4-0.

Starter Frank Batista gave up a solo home run to Thomas Field, the second batter he faced, and that was the last run Iowa gave up until the ninth inning. Batista's final line was three innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. Batista struck out one.

Jeffry Antigua pitched four scoreless innings of relief. Antigua surrendered four hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Center fielder Matt Szczur went 1 for 3 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies blew a 7-1 lead and lost to the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 8-7.

Starter Pierce Johnson was strong for the first six innings, giving up just one run. Then he started the seventh inning with a 7-1 lead. After retiring the first batter, Johnson gave up a walk and a single and gave way to Corey Black, still leading 7-1. But Black had a terrible game, allowing the first four batters he faced to reach and to cut Tennessee's lead to 7-6. The next batter was the Southern League's leading home run hitter, Adam Brett Walker, and Walker predictably hit a two-run home run to give the Lookouts the lead.

The final line on Johnson was 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Johnson struck out eight and walked three. Black took the loss after giving up five runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter over a third of an inning. Black did strike out the next batter after Walker.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 5 and scored twice. Second baseman Stephen Bruno was 2 for 4 with two RBI and one run scored.

Right fielder Billy McKinney has been slumping badly in July, posting a .194 batting average. But tonight he was 2 for 4 with a double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans had their eight-game winning streak snapped, losing 10-4 to the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians).

Starter Jonathan Martinez gave up at least one run in each inning he pitched, finishing the evening allowing eight runs on 11 hits over just four innings. Three of those hits were home runs. Martinez struck out two and walked one.

Lynchburg hit two more home runs off of reliever David Garner, so they hit five home runs in tonight's game.

Catcher Victor Caratini went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI. Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 3 for 5 with a triple and a stolen base. Chen scored three runs.

Second baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 5, extending his on-base streak to 41 games.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were sunk by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 5-2.

Jake Stinnett turned in a quality start for the SB Cubs, but took the loss anyway. Stinnett gave up three runs on nine hits over 6.2 innings. More importantly, Stinnett struck out five and walked no one.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 3 for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored. Catcher Erick Castillo was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Left fielder Kevin Encarnacion made a great catch in the seventh inning while crashing into the outfield wall. Afterwards, he was down for several minutes. Encarnacion stayed in the game and finished the inning, but was replaced when the Cubs took the field for the eighth inning. Encarnacion was 1 for 3 and singled home Baez in the third inning.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were impounded by the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 4-2.

Ems starter Jose Paulino was let down by his defense after allowing four runs, three of which were unearned, on five hits over three innings. Paulino struck out two and walked one.

Jae-Hoon Ha had his longest and best outing as a pitcher, tossing three scoreless innings of relief. Ha allowed two hits and walked one while striking out two.

First baseman Matt Rose hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning. It was his second home run of the season. He was 1 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Off day.