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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 28

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Javier Baez connects twice in an I-Cubs rout. The Smokies rout the Biscuits and another Baez connects too.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs silenced the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 9-0.

Clayton Richard dominated the Sounds for seven innings, allowing just two hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Shortstop Javier Baez came off the disabled list today with a bang as he hit two solo home runs tonight, one in the second inning and one in the ninth. He now has ten home runs this season. He was 2 for 5. (Struck out once. I know someone is going to ask.)

Here's the first home run:

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And here's the second home run.

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Baez's first home run actually came back-to-back with a two-run home run by left fielder Junior Lake as part of a seven-run second inning. It was Lake's seventh home run this season and he was also 2 for 5.

First baseman Mike Olt was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Right fielder Mike Baxter was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies battered the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 8-0.

Starter Ivan Pineyro cruised to an easy seventh win, tossing seven innings and giving up just four hits. Pineyro walked two and struck out four.

Center fielder Albert Almora broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with a two-run home run, his fifth this season. Almora was 1 for 5. He scored twice.

In the sixth inning, catcher Willson Contreras hit a grand slam to make it 8-0, his sixth home run this year. Contreras was 3 for 5 and also doubled. He scored twice.

Catcher Tyler Pearson was 2 for 5 with a double. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 2 for 5 with an RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans hung on to down the Potomac Nationals, 4-3.

Jonathan Martinez continues the Cubs system's night of excellent starting pitching by throwing eight scoreless innings tonight. (Actually, Martinez started it as the Pelicans were the first game of the night. But I thought that would be confusing.) Martinez gave up just three hits. He struck out four and walked no one, although he did hit a batter.

Fernando Cruz came on in the ninth inning and got the first two batters out on ground balls. But then he loaded the bases on a single and two walks. So David Berg came on in a save situation and allowed singles to the first two batters he faced to make it 4-3. But then Berg got a strike out to end the game and get his second save.

Most of the Pelicans offense tonight came from first baseman Jason Vosler, who hit two home runs tonight. The first was a solo home run in the second inning and the second came with a man on in the fifth. Vosler was 2 for 3 with a walk.

Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. DH Kevin Brown was 2 for 4 and scored twice.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were tripped up by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 4-1.

Erick Leal gave up three runs in the first inning and that was more than the Loons needed. Those were the only runs that Leal gave up over six innings. Leal surrendered seven hits. He walked one and struck out five.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez had the third Baez home run of the night when he connected for his sixth home run in the fourth inning. Baez was 1 for 4.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford was 2 for 3 with a stolen base. Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 3.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds wilted against the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 5-1.

Jose Paulino started for the Ems and took the loss. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Paulino struck out seven and walked three.

Left fielder Alex Bautista kept the Ems from being shut out when he hit his second home run of the season in the bottom of the ninth. He was 1 for 2.

Just to start a rumor, Eloy Jimenez exited this game in the fifth inning.

The Ems had four hits. Andrew Ely had two of them, going 2 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Trail the Diamondbacks 4-2 in the third inning. This game was apparently delayed for a few hours. I'm not sure why. Rain? Haboob?