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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 24

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Iowa storms back to beat Round Rock.

Stephen Bruno
Dylan Heuer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs ran the Round Rock Express (Rangers) off the rails, 10-5.

Starter Casey Kelly only lasted three innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits. He struck out two and walked one.

The win went to Andury Acevedo, who benefitted from a five-run seventh inning by the I-Cubs. Acevedo allowed one run on two hits over two innings. He struck out two and walked one.

The big blow in that five-run seventh was a three-run home run by DH Stephen Bruno. It was his fifth home run this year. Bruno went 2 for 5.

Second baseman Jemile Weeks was 2 for 5 with a double and a walk. He scored twice.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was also 2 for 5 with a double and a walk. Hannemann stole one base and drove in one.

Shortstop Chesny Young went 2 for 5 and scored twice. First baseman Chris Dominguez was 2 for 5 and one run scored. Left fielder John Andreoli was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. Andreoli had two runs batted in and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies were extinguished by the Mobile BayBears (Brewers), 9-4. The Smokies have lost ten of their last eleven games.

Starter Trevor Clifton allowed at least one run in each of the four innings he pitched and took the loss. Clifton was battered for eight runs on eight hits over four innings. Clifton walked three and struck out three.

Catcher Ian Rice gave the Smokies a short-lived 2-1 lead with a two-run home run in the top of the second inning. Rice now has ten home runs this year. He was 2 for 4.

Shortstop Carlos Penalver was 3 for 4 and scored once.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost to the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 2-1.

Michael Rucker kept the Wood Ducks off the board for five innings until the rains came and the game was delayed by 1:18. Rucker gave up just two hits. He struck out four and walked nobody.

Jordan Minch allowed a run in the top of the eighth and took the loss. Minch pitched two innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

The Pelicans only run came on a home run by shortstop Trent Giambrone in the bottom of the seventh inning. It was his eighth home run this season. Giambrone went 2 for 4.

Second baseman Bryant Flete was 2 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs sank the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 4-2.

Bryan Hudson started and took the win after giving up just one run on five hits over five innings. Hudson struck out six and walked three.

Wyatt Short threw two perfect innings for the save, striking out three.

South Bend scored four runs on just four hits. Three of the runs came in the top of the first. Right fielder Chris Pieters scored the fourth run in the third inning when he singled to lead off the inning, stole second and went to third on a ground out. After Roberto Caro walked, Pieters stole home as part of a double steal with Caro. Pieters was 1 for 4 with the two steals.

Yeiler Peguero went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds capped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 7-6 in 12 innings.

Enrique De Los Rios pitched the first six innings and allowed five runs, although only three of the five runs were earned. De Los Rios gave up seven hits and walked one while striking out three.

The win went to Michael Knighton, who pitched two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and walked two while striking out two.

Luis Aquino threw the bottom of the ninth and got the save. He put the first two batters on the inning on with a walk and a single, but he retired the next three batters to end the game. He struck out one.

Pinch-hitter Jhonny Bethencourt tripled in the top of the ninth and scored the eventual winning run on a Tyler Payne sacrifice fly. Payne was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.

Left fielder Kwang-Min Kwon went 2 for 5 with a double and a walk. He had two RBI and one run scored.

Right fielder Jose Gonzalez was 2 for 6 with a stolen base and two RBI.

Third baseman Rafael Narea was 3 for 4 with two walks. He scored twice.

Center fielder Zach Davis was 3 for 5. He stole one base.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Athletics, 9-2 in their season opener.

Carson Sands pitched three scoreless innings without allowing a hit in a rehab appearance.