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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 20

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Iowa takes the series from Omaha.

Victor Caratini and Taylor Davis
Dylan Heuer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs toweled off the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 6-4.

Williams Perez got his second win of the season after allowing three runs on seven hits over the first 5.2 innings. Perez walked three and struck out three.

Fernando Rodriguez pitched the ninth inning and got his first save of the year. Rodriguez allowed an unearned run after a leadoff triple and a passed ball, but he retired the next three batters in order, two with strikeouts, to close out the win.

The I-Cubs hit three home runs today. The first was a solo home run by DH Victor Caratini in the second inning. It was his seventh home run this season. Caratini was 2 for 4 and scored twice.

The second home run came in the third inning when right fielder Mark Zagunis connected for his 11th of the year with the bases empty. Zagunis was 2 for 4 with a walk.

Two batters later, first baseman Jeimer Candelario connected for his ninth home run with a man on. Candelario went 2 for 4

Third baseman Chris Dominguez went 2 for 4 and scored once.

Shortstop Chesny Young was 2 for 3 with a double. Catcher Taylor Davis was 2 for 4 with a run batted in.

Highlights:

Tennessee Smokies

The Southern League All-Star Game got rained out. :-(

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The North All-Stars beat the South All-Stars, 2-0. (Myrtle Beach is in the South.)

Adbert Alzolay started the game for the South and he gave up two runs on the bottom of the first inning, which were the only two runs scored the entire game. Alzolay allowed two hits and a walk in his inning.

Justin Steele pitched a perfect fifth inning, striking out one.

Other Pelicans in this game: Second baseman Bryant Flete was 0 for 2. DH Eloy Jimenez was 0 for 3. RIght fielder Daniel Spingola went 0 for 2.

South Bend Cubs

The West All-Stars beat the East All-Stars, 5-3. (South Bend is in the East.)

Dylan Cease pitched the third inning and was perfect, striking out two. Duncan Robinson faced two batters in the sixth inning and retired them both on fly outs.

Second baseman Yeiler Peguero was 0 for 2.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were prey for the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 7-6 in ten innings.

Starter Alonso Garcia had some control issues as he walked six, hit one batter and had two wild pitches in the 3.2 innings he threw. Garcia gave surrendered four runs on just two hits, but one of those hits was a solo home run. Garcia did strike out three.

Michael Knighton was called upon to save a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the ninth, but he allowed one run in the ninth and one in the tenth and took the loss. Knighton allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits. He walked one and struck out two.

First baseman Joey Martarano went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI.

Right fielder Jhonny Bethencourt was 2 for 5.

Catcher Gustavo Polanco had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 5 night. He had one run driven in and he scored once. However, honesty forces me to add that the Hawks stole seven bases tonight and Polanco’s throwing error in the ninth allowed the tying run to score and sent the game into extra innings. Polanco also had a passed ball in the tenth inning.