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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 3

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Two walk-off wins against Rays farm clubs.

Sue Skowronski

Congratulations to Stephen Bruno, your choice for the BCB Minor League Player of the Month.  It was pretty hard to ignore the 27 hits in 23 games that Bruno had in June. The Cubs "official" choice was Mark Zagunis, who finished second in your poll. Both were worthy of the honor.

The voting is still open for the Minor League Pitcher of the Month.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were late for the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 11-5.

Starter Felipe Paulino pitched 5.1 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. One of the hits was a solo home run to Joey Gallo, so that's understandable. Paulino walked three and struck out four.

It was a pretty disastrous relief appearance for Yoervis Medina, who got the loss tonight. He was charged with five runs on four hits, an intentional walk and a hit batsman in only one inning. Three of the runs were let in by Blake Cooper, who relieved Medina in the seventh inning, but then again, Medina let in a runner inherited from Paulino in the sixth. Medina struck out two.

Catcher Kyle Schwarber was a perfect 4 for 4 with a two-run double in the fifth inning. He also walked and drove in three runs total. I don't normally mention this, but since it's an issue of concern, Schwarber made a throwing error on a steal of second and had a passed ball in the seventh.

Center fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the eighth inning. Silva also scored once.

First baseman Christian Villanueva went 2 for 4 with a double.

Right fielder Jorge Soler played the whole game and was 1 for 3 with two walks. He scored one run.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies burnt the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 6-5 on a bases-loaded walk-off single by Billy McKinney.

Starter Rob Zastryzny gave up back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the first inning. After that, his game went better. (It pretty much had to go better, right?) Zastryzny went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. One of the runs was unearned. Zastryzny struck out six and walked no one, so that's pretty good.

Corey Black was one out away from a save in the top of the ninth when he gave up a solo home run to Patrick Leonard. But Black got the win when McKinney's walk-off ended the game. Black's final line was 2 innings, allowing one run on two hits. He struck out three and walked none.

Michael Jensen also struck out three and walked no one in his 1.2 innings of relief, so the Smokies pitching staff struck out 12 and walked no one tonight.

McKinney finished the night 2 for 5 and scored one run.

McKinney's single scored Albert Almora, who had doubled to lead off the inning. Almora was 2 for 5 with two doubles and three runs scored. He also had one RBI. He's also listed in the lineup as "Reinaldo Almora Jr." which is awfully confusing.

Here's what Almora wrote on Twitter

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My first name is Reinaldo, but I&#39;m still going by Albert!</p>&mdash; Albert Almora Jr. (@albertalmora) <a href="https://twitter.com/albertalmora/status/617182196466585600">July 4, 2015</a></blockquote>

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So I'm not sure what we're supposed to call him. But I will say Reinaldo hits better than Albert.

Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 4 with a triple and a walk. He scored once. Taylor Davis went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

The second game scheduled for tonight was postponed before the first game even started.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans split a doubleheader with the Salem Red Soxwinning the continuation of a suspended game 5-1 and losing the regularly-scheduled game 3-0.

Tyler Ihrig started this game yesterday and allowed just one run on six hits over five innings. Ihrig struck out four and walked one.

James Pugliese picked the game up today and got the win after the Pelicans plated five runs in the eighth inning. Pugliese pitched three shutout innings and allowed three hits. He struck out three and walked no one.

The big blow in this game was a bases-loaded triple by third baseman Jeimer Candelario in the eighth inning. Candelario was 1 for 4 and scored after the triple.

Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 3 and scored once.

Jen-Ho Tseng started game two and kept the Red Sox off the board for five innings. Tseng gave up three hits and he walked three while striking out six.

James Farris' second appearance for Myrtle Beach after his promotion from South Bend didn't go any better than the first. Farris took the loss after he was torched for three runs on three hits in only two-thirds of an inning. Farris also walked three batters and hit one.

The Pelicans only managed three hits in game two.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs trailed the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) 6-0 in the eighth inning. But they roared back with six runs in the eighth and then beat the Hot Rods 7-6 in ten innings.

Jake Stinnett started this game and allowed four runs on six hits over seven innings. One of the four runs was unearned. Stinnett walked three and struck out nobody.

Dillon Maples gave up two more unearned runs in the top of the eighth, but went the final three innings and got the win. Maples allowed three hits. He walked one and struck out two. It was Maples' first win since 2013 in Boise.

The first six batters in the eighth reached base, a streak only stopped when Jesse Hodges laid down a sacrifice bunt, which set up a Gioskar Amaya's single that cut the lead to 6-5. Then a sac fly by Andrew Ely tied the game. Amaya would later win the game in the tenth with a bases-loaded walk-off infield single. Amaya was 2 for 5 in tonight's game.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 2 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. Torres scored once and scored one run.

Left fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 5 with a double to lead off the tenth. He scored twice, including the winning run in the tenth. Burks had one RBI.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez went 2 for 4 and scored once.

Eugene Emeralds

A comeback by the Eugene Emeralds fell short as they were stomped on by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 5-4.

Jose Paulino started for the Ems and took the loss. He allowed three runs on four hits over three innings, but only one of the three runs was earned. Paulino struck out three and walked two.

The winning pitcher for Hillsboro was former Cubs farmhand Jeferson Mejia.

The Emeralds trailed Hillsboro 5-2 going into the top of the ninth. They scored two runs on a two-out pinch-hit single by Matt Rose. Then Ian Happ walked to load the bases but a line drive by Justin Marra was caught by the shortstop to end the game.

Happ was 0 for 3 with two walks and a steal. He scored one run.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Athletics, 10-4.