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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 29

Big wins by the Smokies, Pelicans and Emeralds. Iowa blows one late.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were drowned out by the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 6-4.

Felipe Paulino was masterful for six innings, allowing just one hit until he started the seventh inning and allowed hits to the first three batters of the seventh. The final line on Paulino was 6+ innings, allowing two runs on just four hits. Paulino struck out 12 and walked no one. (That's good, isn't it?)

The Sounds took the lead with a four-run bottom of the eighth inning. With two on and two out, Brian Schlitter was summoned from the bullpen and he gave up an RBI single to the first batter he faced to get the Sounds within a run. It looked like Schlitter had gotten out of the inning with a ground ball to third from the next hitter, but Christian Villanueva bobbled it and then threw the ball away. Schlitter then allowed a two-run single and that ended the scoring. The final line on Schlitter was two unearned runs on two hits over a third of an inning.

Right fielder Rubi Silva hit a solo home run in the eighth inning. It was his 11th of the season. Silva was 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies burned the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 5-2.

Pierce Johnson improved his record on the season to 5-0 after pitching seven innings and allowing one run on four hits. Johnson struck out seven and walked two.

P.J. Francescon got the final four outs for his 15th save. Francescon didn't allow a hit or a run, but he did walk two. He did not have a strike out.

Right fielder Billy McKinney was 2 for 5 with a double. McKinney scored once and had one RBI.

Center fielder Albert Almora was 1 for 2 with three walks. He also stole two bases.

Shortstop Elliot Soto was 2 for 4 with a walk. Tommy La Stella played six innings at second base and was 1 for 2 and scored twice.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans depreciated the Potomac Nationals, 8-5.

Daury Torrez started and got the win after pitching six innings. He allowed two runs on four hits. Torrez struck out four and didn't walk anyone.

Jasvir Rakkar pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 12th save. He did not strike anyone out.

Center fielder Trey Martin hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to extend the Pelicans lead to 8-2. It was Martin's first home run all season. Martin was 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored twice.

DH Daniel Lockhart went 2 for 3 with a double and a sacrifice fly. Catcher Victor Caratini was 2 for 4 with a dobule and a run scored.

First baseman Cael Brockmeyer was 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored twice.


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South Bend Cubs

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

Trevor Clifton pitched the first five innings and allowed three runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out seven.

The SB Cubs only had four hits. Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds spooked the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 4-3.

Ems starter Preston Morrison threw the first two innings without allowing a run or a hit. He did walk one while striking out two.

The Emeralds went with the team pitching effort. Proving the pointlessness of the win, the one who pitched the worst, Craig Brooks, got the win because after he blew a 3-1 lead in the sixth, the Ems re-took the lead in the seventh inning. Brooks allowed two runs on two hits and walk in only one inning. Brooks struck out two. And it was Brooks' first professional win.

Greyfer Eregua protected a one-run lead for three innings and picked up the save. Eregua allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out five.

Left fielder Ricardo Marcano was 3 for 3 with an RBI single and a sac fly for two total RBI.

Shortstop Andrew Ely was 2 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Diamondbacks, 5-1.

Eric Jokisch made a rehab start in this game.