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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 18

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The Pelicans get back on track. South Bend fails to clinch again.

Erick Leal
Erick Leal
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were tarred and feathered by the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 6-4.

Drew Rucinski started and took the loss tonight. He allowed six runs on six hits over five innings. Rucinski struck out three and walked one.

Center fielder John Andreoli stayed hot, going 2 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. Andreoli scored one run and he drove in two with his double in the sixth inning.

Second baseman Kristopher Negron was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach and left fielder Matt Murton were both 2 for 5 with an RBI single.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies surrendered to the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 9-8.

Smokies starter Tyler Skulina didn't make it out of the second inning. Skulina allowed seven runs on five hits and three walks in 1.2 innings. He did not record a strikeout.

Right fielder Billy McKinney was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and had one RBI.

DH Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 5 with a double and he scored twice. First baseman Victor Caratini was 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Catcher Ben Carhart was 2 for 5 with an RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans swept a doubleheader from the Potomac Nationals 2-1 and 4-0. The P-Nats swept the Pelicans in a doubleheader yesterday.

Trevor Clifton started game one and exited after 2.1 innings. Clifton gave up just one hit and no runs. He did walk three and struck out two.

James Pugliese got the win with three innings of relief. Pugliese allowed only one hit, a double. That runner would then score after he left the game in the sixth. Pugliese walked one and struck out one.

Ryan McNeil pitched the seventh inning and got his sixth save. He allowed a one-out single, but ended the game on a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres gave the Pelicans a 1-0 lead in the fourth with his eighth home run of the season. Torres was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored both Pelicans runs.

Second baseman Ian Happ doubled home Torres in the sixth inning. He was 2 for 2 with two doubles and a walk.

In game two, Erick Leal kept the P-Nats off the board for six innings, surrendering just five hits. He walked two and struck out seven as he improved his season record to 9-3.

Happ doubled again in game two as the DH. He was 2 for 4 and scored once.

First baseman Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 2 with a double, a walk and a sacrifice fly. Catcher Erick Castillo was 2 for 3.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were sunk by the Lake County Captains (Indians), 6-4 in ten innings.

Starter Kyle Twomey was spotted a 3-0 lead, but he couldn't hold it as he gave up three runs in the sixth inning. The final line on Twomey was three runs, two earned, on four hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out six and walked three.

Greyfer Eregua took the loss after giving up two runs in the top of the tenth. Eregua allowed two runs on two hits over 3.1 innings. He walked two and struck out three.

With the Cubs trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, center fielder Donnie Dewees tied up the game with a home run to lead off the inning. It was Dewees' third home run this season. Dewees was 1 for 4.

In the third inning, DH Ian Rice connected for a massive two-run home run to give South Bend a 3-0 lead. It was his ninth homer this year. Rice was also 1 for 4.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 3 for 3 and scored a run. Left fielder Eloy Jimenez was 2 for 5.

The loss sets up a winner-take-all game to decide a playoff spot in the final game of the first half of the season between South Bend and Lake County.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds made it 2-0 to start the season with a 2-1 win in 11 innings over the Boise Hawks (Rockies).

Bryan Hudson went five innings in his first start of the season, allowing just one run on two hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Michael Knighton, M.T. Minacci and Tommy Nance each threw two scoreless innings to close out the game, with Nance getting the win. Nance gave up two hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Matt Rose hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th to score Andruw Monasterio. Rose was 1 for 4 with a walk and he scored the Ems other run in the seventh inning. Monasterio was 1 for 3 with a double and two walks.

First baseman Chris Pieters went 3 for 4 with a double.