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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 31

Iowa, Myrtle Beach, South Bend and Eugene all win.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs tracked down the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 8-3.

Starter Jake Buchanan got the win after tossing 5.2 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits. Buchanan walked three and struck out five.

Center fielder Albert Almora Jr. went 2 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored. Right fielder Juan Perez was 2 for 4 with a walk and two steals. He also drove in one and scored one run.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies got doused by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 6-2.

Tyler Skulina took the loss after allowing six runs on six hits over six innings. He walked four, hit one batter and struck out five.

Second baseman Ian Happ was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored one run.

Both first baseman David Freitas and left fielder Kelly Dugan were both 2 for 4. Freitas also drove in a run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans cleaned the Salem Red Sox, 3-1.

Jeremy Null was strong for six innings and got his third win. Null allowed one run on six hits and two walks. He struck out three.

Ryan McNeil notched his 17th save of the season after pitching 1.2 innings and allowing just one hit. McNeil didn't walk anyone and all five batters he retired went down swinging and missing strike three.

Left fielder Charcer Burks led off the game with a home run, his ninth of the year. Burks was 1 for 5.

Second baseman Bryant Flete gave the Pelicans their other two runs on a home run in the third inning. It was Flete's first Carolina League home run and fifth overall. He was 3 for 4 with a walk.

First baseman David Bote doubled twice in a 2 for 5 game. DH Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 5 and scored on the Flete home run. Shortstop Andrew Ely was 2 for 3 with a walk.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs sank the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 2-1.

Starter Adbert Alzolay took the win with six scoreless innings. He gave up just five hits and one walk while striking out seven.

Dillon Maples pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. He allowed one hit, walked nobody and struck out one.

DH Alberto Mineo was 1 for 2 with two walks. He drove in the first South Bend run in the first inning and scored the second one in the fifth.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez was 2 for 4.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds hung on to beat the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 7-6.

Starter Bryan Hudson got back on track and got his first win in over a month. He allowed three runs on four hits over five innings. Hudson walked three and struck out four.

Wyatt Short pitched a perfect ninth for the save. He struck out one.

Third baseman Wladimir Galindo hit a solo home run in the third inning, his sixth of the season. Galindo was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI. He also scored once.

Center fielder D.J. Wilson had his best game of the season tonight. He was 4 for 4 with a double and his first professional home run. It was a solo home run in the sixth inning. Wilson scored twice.

Shortstop Zach Short was 2 for 4 with a triple. He had an RBI single and he later scored as part of a three-run fifth inning.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Angels, 11-5.