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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 24

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The bottom half of the Cubs system keeps on rolling.

Donnie Dewees
Donnie Dewees
Sue Skowronski

Zach Hedges got promoted to Double-A Tennessee from Myrtle Beach.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 5-1.

Drew Rucinski started this game and took the loss. He allowed three runs on seven hits over four innings. Two of the runs came on a home run to Anthony Garcia in the bottom of the first. Rucinski walked two and struck out one.

Mark Zagunis tripled and scored in the first inning for Iowa's only run. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Jeimer Candelario was 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Mississippi Braves, 8-5.

Hedges made his Double-A debut and allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two.

James Farris took the loss after pitching the eighth inning and giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. He didn't strike anyone out.

Chris Coghlan went 1 for 3 with an RBI single and a bases-loaded walk in a rehab appearance. So was Jorge Soler, although his walk didn't drive in a run. His single did as part of a four-run seventh.

Trey Martin went 3 for 4 and scored twice and drove in one.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Gleyber Torres-less Myrtle Beach Pelicans put down the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 6-4.

Jonathan Martinez started and got his eighth win. He allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits over 5.1 innings. Martinez struck out four and walked three.

The Pelicans bullpen kept the Blue Rocks off the board for 3.2 innings. Tommy Nance was perfect over 2.2 innings, striking out two. Ryan McNeil gave up two singles in the ninth, but still managed to get the save. McNeil struck out one and didn't walk anyone.

All six Pelicans runs came in the third inning, when Yasiel Balaguert hit a bases-loaded, three run double. Balaguert was 2 for 4 with two doubles. He also scored in that inning.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored on the Balaguert double. Shortstop Andrew Ely was 2 for 3 with a walk and also scored on that double.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs slid past the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals), 4-3.

Casey Bloomquist held the Chiefs in check for six innings, giving up just one run on five hits. Bloomquist struck out four and walked one.

Tanner Griggs entered the game in the seventh inning, but he gave up a game-tying two-run double in the top of the eighth. He got the win when the Cubs retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. The final line on Griggs was two runs on two hits over two innings Griggs struck out three and walked one.

James Norwood pitched the ninth and got the save. He allowed a two-out single, but nothing else. He struck out two.

Third baseman Bryant Flete hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead. It was his fourth of the year, three of which have come in the past week. Flete was 1 for 3.

Center fielder Donnie Dewees led off the eighth inning with a single, went to second on a bad pickoff throw and scored on a single by DH Albert Mineo. Dewees was 2 for 4 with a steal and Mineo was 1 for 4.

Highlights:

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds politely dispatched of the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 5-3.

Oscar De La Cruz made his Ems season debut today and pitched well, allowing just one run on three hits over 4.1 innings. The one run came on a solo home run in the third inning. De La Cruz struck out seven and walked just one.

Wyatt Short got his first pro win with one inning of scoreless relief. He issued a two-out walk, but that was the only blemish on this line. Short struck out two.

Mark Malave pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save. He struck out one.

RIght fielder Kevonte Mitchell broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth with a bases-loaded, two-run single. Mitchell for 1 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Taking on the Athletics. I'll update this later.