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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 31

The Pelicans win their sixth straight. The Ems are off to a great second-half start.

Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

It doesn't matter who the Cubs Midwest League affiliate is. They just never win in Dayton.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs deafened the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 5-2.

Drake Britton started this game and had some real control problems, but he limited the damage and got the win. Britton allowed two runs on only two hits over 5.2 innings. That part sounds good. The bad part is that he walked seven batters and struck out none.

Brian Schlitter pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save. He did allow one hit and he struck out two.

All nine Cubs in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Left fielder John Andreoli was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Catcher Luke Carlin was 2 for 4. He tripled and scored on an Andreoli single in the fourth inning.

Shortstop Javier Baez was 1 for 3 with an RBI double and a walk. He scored twice.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies lost to the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 7-4.

Smokies starter Ryan Williams retired the first nine batters he faced. But then the wheels fell off in the fourth inning and he gave up four runs and another one in the fifth. The final line on Williams was five innings pitched and he allowed five runs on seven hits. Williams struck out one and walked no one as he lost for only the third time this season.

The Smokies failed to get a hit off of Biscuits starter Jaime Schultz. They did manage four runs and four hits after Schultz left the game after six innings.

Catcher Willson Contreras was 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans won their sixth straight game by misplacing the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 2-1.

It was a strong start for Paul Blackburn, who scattered seven hits over seven innings and didn't allow a single run. Blackburn struck out three, walked two and hit one batter. Blackburn improved his record to 5-4.

Jasvir Rakkar pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save. Rakkar struck out one.

It won't surprise you that Chesny Young scored both of the Pelicans runs, once after reaching on an error and once after doubling and scoring on an error. Young was 1 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were mauled by the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 6-1.

James Norwood started this game and took the loss after allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits over 3.1 innings. Norwood walked two and struck out two.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez finished July with his sixth home run of the month and his seventh overall. Baez homered in the eighth inning.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 4 with two doubles.

DH Ian Happ and catcher Gioskar Amaya were both 2 for 4 with a double.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds crushed the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 7-0.

Starter Carson Sands got the win after tossing five scoreless innings. Sands gave up four hits and walked one. He struck out four.

All nine Ems hitters had at least one hit and seven of them had at least two. Center fielder Donnie Dewees was 3 for 5 with one RBI.

Shortstop Andrew Ely hit two doubles and scored once in a 2 for 5 night. Second baseman Frandy Delarosa was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI.

First baseman Blake Headley also had two doubles as he went 2 for 4 with a walk. Headley scored once and had one RBI.  Left fielder Ricardo Marcano was 2 for 4 with two doubles, one run scored and two batted in.

The Emeralds had 16 hits tonight and eight of them were doubles.

AZL Cubs

Rained out. Really.