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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 23

The Ems salvaged a poor night for the Cubs system.

Miguel Amaya
Miguel Amaya
John Arguello

Cubs first-round pick Alex Lange allowed just one run on two hits over 7.1 innings as LSU beat Oregon State in the College World Series. Lange walked four and struck out eight.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were late for the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 8-6.

I-Cubs starter Aaron Brooks gave up three runs on eight hits, including a pair of solo home runs, over five innings. Brooks did strike out six and he didn’t walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.

The loss went to Ross Detwiler, who got hammered for a two-run home run in the seventh inning and a three-run home run in the eighth. The final line on Detwiler was four runs (and one inherited runner) on five hits over just 1.1 innings. Detwiler walked one and struck out one.

Catcher Victor Caratini gave the I-Cubs a temporary 5-3 lead in the seventh inning with a two-run home run, his eighth this season. Caratini went 2 for 5 and scored twice.

DH Bijan Rademacher was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies dropped a doubleheader to the Mobile BayBears (Brewers), 3-2 and 1-0.

In game one, Duane Underwood Jr. threw the first six innings and gave up just two runs on five hits. He did walk three and he struck out just one.

Daury Torrez entered the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with the game tied 2-2. After retiring the first batter on a fly out, he allowed a one out double. After intentionally walking the next batter, Torrez ankled for David Berg. Berg allowed an infield single to the first batter he faced that second baseman David Bote misplayed and allowed the winning run to score. Torrez got the loss, but the run was unearned.

Center fielder Charcer Burks led off the top of the first inning with his sixth home run of the season. Burks was 1 for 3.

The Smokies extended their lead to 2-0 in the third inning on an RBI double by Bote which scored Trey Martin. Both Bote and Martin were 2 for 3.

In game two, Preston Morrison got the six-inning, complete game loss. He gave up the one run on four hits and three walks. Morrison struck out two.

The Smokies only had two hits in game two.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans quacked up against the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 14-6.

Starter Ryan Kellogg got hammered for four runs in the first and two in the second before his night ended early. The final line on Kellogg was six runs on nine hits over just two innings. He walked two and had one strikeout.

The Pelicans trailed this game 11-0 after two and a half innings, but they did put up a little fight, outscoring the Wood Ducks 6-3 after that. DH Eloy Jimenez was 2 for 5 with an RBI double. Jimenez also scored twice.

Second baseman Trent Giambrone went 3 for 5. Center fielder Connor Myers was 2 for 3 with a triple and a walk. He scored once.

Right fielder Robert Garcia was 2 for 4 with one run batted in and one run scored.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were swept in a doubleheader by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), losing the completion of yesterday’s game 4-3 and dropping the regularly-scheduled game 4-3 in 11 innings.

Manuel Rondon started yesterday and allowed just one run on three hits over 5.2 innings. Really, he allowed the one run on a solo home run. Rondon walked four and struck out six.

The game was suspended in the bottom of the seventh inning by rain and South Bend took a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning on a two-run home run by Chris Pieters. But the Loons stormed back to score three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth off of reliever Chad Hockin when shortstop Zack Short and third baseman Adonis Paula both made two-out errors. The final line on Hockin, who took the loss, was three unearned runs on four hits (including a big two-run home run), over 1.2 innings. Hockin struck out one and did not walk anyone.

The home run by right fielder Pieters was his third of the season. He was 2 for 4 on the game. He was also hit by a pitch.

In the top of the third inning, Zack Short did hit a solo home run, which was his seventh this year. Short went 1 for 4 with a walk.

Catcher Alberto Mineo was 2 for 4 with a walk. Second baseman Yeiler Peguero was 2 for 4 with a stolen base.

In the second game, unearned runs again haunted the Cubs as starter Erling Moreno allowed three runs, all unearned, on five hits over six innings. Moreno walked three and struck out two.

Tyson Miller then threw the next four innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out one.

Jared Cheek relieved Miller in the bottom of the eleventh and after striking out the first batter he faced, Miler was tagged for a walkoff home run by Cody Thomas.

South Bend managed just four hits over 11 innings in game two. Shortstop Isaac Paredes hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, which were the last runs scored before the walkoff home run. Paredes was 1 for 4 with a walk. He scored the other Cubs run when Roberto Caro was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Caro went 2 for 3.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds crushed the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 15-5.

Starter Bailey Clark was given five runs in the bottom of the first inning to work with, but he couldn’t hold the lead. Clark left the game with one out in the third inning having allowing five runs on five hits. Two of the five runs were unearned. Clark walked one and struck out one.

Elvis Diaz then got the win after pitching 2.2 scoreless innings in relief of Clark. Diaz gave up three hits. He did not have a walk or a strikeout.

Center fielder Zach Davis hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his second of the season. Davis was 2 for 3 with a double and two walks tonight. He scored three runs and drove in two.

Catcher Tyler Payne hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning, his second of the year and first for Eugene. Payne went 1 for 3 with two walks. He scored twice and had four RBI.

First baseman Gustavo Polanco was 3 for 5 and scored twice.

DH Miguel Amaya went 2 for 3 with two sacrifice flies. He scored once.

Left fielder Joe Martarano was 2 for 4 and scored one run. He was also hit by a pitch.

Right fielder Jose Gonzalez had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 5 game. Gonzalez had four RBI and scored once.

Second baseman Rafael Narea went 1 for 3 with three walks. He scored one run and drove in two.

Every Emeralds in the lineup had at least one hit.