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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 26

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The Smokies put 2 in a row with a pair of HRs. The Ems stop the Hops

Yasiel Balaguert
Yasiel Balaguert
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

I have a piece up on the Matt Carasiti trade.

Shortstop Zach Short was promoted to High-A Myrtle Beach. Shortstop Andruw Monasterio went the other way down to South Bend.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs ate the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 1-0.

Williams Perez started and got the win. Perez went five innings and allowed three hits. He walked three and struck out three.

Jack Leathersich, David Rollins, Steve Perakslis and Pierce Johnson each pitched an inning the rest of the way without allowing another hit. (Leathersich, Rollins and Perakslis each walked one.) Johnson got his seventh save by striking out two. The other batter reached on an error, but was thrown out stealing to end the game.

The only run of the game scored in the second inning when Elliot Soto singled home Stephen Bruno in the second inning. Bruno was hit by a pitch and then stole second base. Bruno was 0 for 3 and Soto was 1 for 3.

Third baseman Chris Dominguez was 2 for 4.

Left fielder Kyle Schwarber played his first game in the minors this season and was 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies won the “Battle of the Bears” with a 4-2 win over the Mobile BayBears (Angels).

Jen-Ho Tseng was terrific tonight, allowing the two runs on just five hits over eight innings. He struck out eight and walked just two.

Dillon Maples got the save. He did not allow a hit in the one inning he pitched, but he did walk one batter with two outs. He struck out two.

Second baseman David Bote tied the game at 2-2 with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. It was Bote’s seventh home run this year. He was 1 for 4.

Two batters later, first baseman Yasiel Balaguert made it 4-2 with a two-run home run, his sixth of the season. Balaguert was also 1 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were sequestered by the Potomac Nationals, 4-3.

Justin Steele started and took the loss after allowing two runs on five hits over 5.2 innings. Steele struck out four and walked two.

The Pelicans trailed 4-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth and scored three runs and put runners on first and second with one out and Eloy Jimenez at the plate. However, Jimenez, like Mighty Casey, struck out to end the game. But Jimenez was 3 for 5 overall in tonight’s game.

First baseman Tyler Alamo was a perfect 4 for 4 and scored once. DH Eddy Martinez was 2 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs got dented by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 5-1.

Starter Duncan Robinson allowed three unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning and South Bend trailed the rest of the way. He pitched six innings and allowed just the three unearned runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked one.

South Bend had one hit in this game, an RBI double by first baseman Jhonny Pereda. Pereda was 1 for 3.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds jumped over the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 2-1.

Starter Alonso Garcia got the win with five scoreless innings. Garcia gave up four hits. He walked one and struck out six.

Luis Aquino was called upon to get the final out of the game with the tying run on second base. He got a grounder to second base with one pitch to get his third save.

The Ems scored both of their runs in the second inning. Third baseman Jhonny Bethencourt walked and right fielder Kwang-Min Kwon singled and went to second base on an error. Both runners would score on a groundout and a wild pitch.

Bethencourt was 0 for 1 with two walks. Kwon was 1 for 3.

The Emeralds only had three hits in this game.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Giants, 5-4.

Jose Albertos pitched four innings without allowing a hit in this game.