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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 25

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Only 2 games today, but they both ended happy.

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Southern League named Smokies second baseman Chesny Young as SL Player of the Week and Smokies pitcher Paul Blackburn as SL Pitcher of the Week. The Carolina League named Pelicans second baseman Ian Happ as Carolina League Player of the Week.

Iowa Cubs

Behind two home runs by John Andreoli, the Iowa Cubs outfoxed the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 13-6.

Iowa starter Drew Rucinski got into real trouble in the third inning when he allowed three runs on back-to-back home runs. Rucinski's final line was 6 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Armando Rivero entered the game in the top of the seventh inning with the I-Cubs holding a 6-4 lead. Rivero coughed up that lead when he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. He also hit a batter in his only inning of work. But Rivero was awarded the win when Iowa came back to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Left fielder Andreoli hit the first of his two home runs in the second inning with a man on. His second blast was a solo shot in the sixth. They were his first two home runs of the year. Andreoli also had an RBI single as he went 3 for 5 with four total RBI.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach crushed a three-run home run to right field in the first inning to give Iowa an early lead. It was Vogelbach's second home run this year. He finished the day going 2 for 3 with two walks and three runs scored.

Center fielder Albert Almora was 3 for 5 with a double. He had one RBI and he scored once.

Right fielder Ryan Kalish was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored. Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2 for 4 with a double, a walk and a stolen base. Alcantara also scored once and drove one in. Catcher Willson Contreras went 2 for 5 and scored twice. He did stand and admire a single off the outfield wall on one of his hits.

Shortstop Kristopher Negron was 2 for 5 with a steal. Negron had one RBI and one run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies snuck past the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks), 6-5.

Tyler Skulina was cruising along and hadn't allowed a run in the first four innings, but he quickly lost it (and the lead) in the bottom of the fifth inning when he got tattooed for five runs. Skulina's final line was five runs on five hits and five walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out five, of course.

Josh Conway got the win when the Smokies retook the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth. Conway pitched 1.1 innings and allowed just one hit. He struck out two and walked no one.

Corey Black got his first save of the season when he pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Black allowed a one-out single, but nothing else. He struck out one.

Tennessee retook the lead in the top of the sixth on a two-run double by first baseman Victor Caratini. Caratini was 2 for 4 with a walk and four total RBI.

Catcher David Freitas went 2 for 5 with a double. He had one RBI and he scored once.

Second baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 3 with a triple and two walks. Young also stole a base. Young scored once.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

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South Bend Cubs

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