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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 29

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Ben Zobrist has a successful rehab appearance. Iowa stops the Baby Cakes.

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Catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted from Tennessee to the Iowa Cubs. RHP Steve Perakslis went the other way. The Cubs released RHP Juan Paniagua, whom you might remember was a pretty promising international signing a few years ago.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs frosted the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 5-2.

Casey Kelly started and picked up his fifth win today. He allowed two runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings. Kelly struck out four and he did not walk anyone.

Matt Carasiti pitched the ninth inning and got his first save in the Cubs organization and his 14th save of the season. He allowed a two-out double, but nothing else. Carasiti struck out one.

First baseman Chris Dominguez hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, his eighth home run of the year. Dominguez was 3 for 4 and scored twice.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher plated the first three runs of the game with a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning. Rademacher was 2 for 4.

Second baseman Jemile Weeks went 2 for 4 with a double and scored once. Third baseman Stephen Bruno went 2 for 4 and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies outflanked the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 9-4.

Starter Preston Morrison allowed four runs in the top of the first inning and then settled down and didn’t allow another one. His final line was four runs on seven hits over six innings. He did strike out five and he didn’t walk anyone.

Brad Markey got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Markey allowed two hits. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert answered the Generals four-run first with a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning. It was Balaguert’s seventh home run this year. Balaguert was 1 for 4 with a walk.

After the Smokies took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, third baseman Jason Vosler put the game out of reach with a grand slam, his 14th home run of the season already. Vosler was 1 for 3 with a walk and he scored twice.

Shortstop Carlos Penalver went 3 for 4 and scored once.

Ben Zobrist played six innings of this game at second base and went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored on the Balaguert home run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut down by the Potomac Nationals, 5-1.

Ryan Kellogg threw the first five innings and took the loss after surrendering five runs on ten hits. Two of the five runs were unearned. Kellogg struck out four and didn’t walk anyone.

The Pelicans were two outs away from getting shut out when Jesse Hodges and Eloy Jimenez hit back-to-back doubles for the Birds only run. Hodges was 1 for 4 and Jimenez was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Bryant Flete and Eddy Martinez was 2 for 4.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs lost to the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 7-4.

Bryan Hudson started and took the loss for South Bend. He surrendered five runs on six hits over 4.2 innings. Hudson walked four and struck out five.

Third baseman Vimael Machin was 3 for 4 with a solo home run in the sixth inning, his sixth this season. Machin scored twice and had two RBI.

DH Adonis Paula was 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 2-1 in 12 innings, snapping the Ems seven-game win streak.

Bailey Clark started this game and threw 4.1 scoreless innings. He surrendered four hits and three walks while striking out four.

Andin Diaz took the loss in the 12th inning when he uncorked a bases-loaded wild pitch. Diaz allowed one run on one hit over a third of an inning. Diaz walked two, one intentionally to load the bases.

The Ems only managed three hits in this game and their only run scored on a wild pitch.

Bryan Lizardo played third base for Vancouver, and if I ever become a supervillain, I’m taking that name.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Dodgers, 13-2.

Carson Sands allowed one run over three innings in a rehab appearance.