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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 25

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Every Cubs minor league team got at least one hit tonight.

Sue Skowronski

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 7-5.

Drake Britton got hammered for six runs in the bottom of the first, putting Iowa in a hole that they never crawled out of. But Britton stayed in the game and pitched well after the first, giving up just one more run over the next five innings. The final line on Britton is six innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits. Britton struck out three and walked two. Britton was also 2 for 3 at the plate.

Third baseman Mike Olt hit a two-run home run in the third inning, his third this season. Olt was 1 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and three RBI.

Right fielder Matt Szczur led off the top of the first inning with a double, thus ending the Cubs hit drought for the day. Szczur was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. His other hit was a two-run single in the second inning.

Shortstop Jonathan Mota was 2 for 4 and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but their comeback fell one run short as they lost to the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 4-3.

Smokies starter Andres Santiago took the loss after he allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. Santiago walked three and struck out three.

The Smokies scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth and had the bases-loaded with one out, but Bijan Rademacher popped out and then Jacob Hannemann grounded out to short to end the game.

Right fielder Billy McKinney was 2 for 4 with a single in the ninth inning that scored Albert Almora. McKinney scored the third run of the inning when Jacob Rogers walked with the bases loaded. Rogers was 1 for 2 with two walks.

DH Stephen Bruno was 2 for 4 with a double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut out by the Carolina Mudcats (Braves), 1-0.

Paul Blackburn pitched well, but got no support and thus took the loss. Blackburn went 5.1 innings and allowed one run on four hits. He struck out four and walked one.

Third baseman Chesny Young was 1 for 4 and extended his on-base streak to 43 games and his hitting streak to 14 games.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs surfed the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 3-1.

Starting pitcher James Norwood pitched four innings and allowed one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Ryan McNeil got the win with 2.1 innings of relief without allowing a hit or a run. McNeil walked one and struck out five.

Alex Santana entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run lead and he put runners on the corners with no outs. But after a strikeout and a double play, the game was over and Santana collected his second save and first for South Bend.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Catcher Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Second baseman David Bote was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Center fielder Ian Happ was 1 for 2 with two walks in his South Bend debut.

South Bend is in a three-way tie for the second-half wild card playoff spot at 16-14.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds fell short to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 5-4.

Carson Sands started this game and while he did give up three runs over five innings, all three of the runs were unearned. Of course, they were unearned because Sands himself missed a catch covering first base, so maybe he did earn them even if they technically weren't "earned" runs. Sands gave up six hits while walking four. He struck out two.

Greyfer Eregua pitched the final four innings for the Ems and took the loss. Eregua allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out three and didn't issue a walk.

Catcher Albert Mineo was 3 for 4 with an RBI single in the third inning which scored third baseman Blake Headley. Headley was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and one run batted in. He also stole a base.

Second baseman Frandy Delarosa was 2 for 4 with a run scored.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Brewers, 11-0.

Javier Baez was the DH in this game and went 2 for 3 with a single, a double, and a walk.