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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 1

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Schwarber, Bruno each hit 2 HRs as Iowa sweeps a DH. Wins for Pelicans, South Bend and Ems.

Vimael Machin
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July already?

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 13-4 and 5-2.

The first game was a continuation of a suspended game started in Round Rock on June 25. Seth Frankoff pitched 1.1 innings that day before the rains came. He gave up two runs on just one hit, a home run by Will Middlebrooks. Frankoff walked one and struck out one.

The win went to David Rollins, who was on the mound when the game resumed today in Des Moines. Rollins did not allow a run over 1.2 innings, although he did allow a runner inherited from Frankoff to score. Rollins gave up two hits and he walked three while striking out one.

Stephen Bruno hit two three-run home runs off of former Cub Jaye Chapman. Bruno hit the first one in the fourth inning and the second one came an inning later. He now has seven home runs on the season. Bruno went 4 for 5 with the six RBI.

Here’s Bruno’s second home run.

Left fielder Jacob Hannemann went 3 for 6 with a double and a stolen base. Hannemann scored twice and had one RBI.

Catcher Cael Brockmeyer was a Tennessee Smokie when this game started, but he filled in for the now-injured Taylor Davis and was 2 for 4 with two doubles. Brockmeyer had one run batted in and two runs scored.

Chris Dominguez went 4 for 6 with a two-run triple and three total RBI. Dominguez also scored once.

In the second game, Williams Perez got the win after allowing two runs on two hits over six innings. Perez struck out eight and walked three.

Pierce Johnson faced three batters in the seventh inning and struck them all out swinging for his eighth save.

After hitting two home runs in yesterday’s game, left fielder Kyle Schwarber hit two more home runs in game two today. He hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first and a solo home run in the fifth. He was 2 for 2 and was hit by a pitch.

Right fielder John Andreoli went 2 for 3 and scored once. Second baseman Jemile Weeks went 2 for 3 and scored twice. First baseman Chris Dominguez went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

Rained out.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans sawed off the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 4-1.

Justin Steele started and got his sixth win after allowing just one run on four hits over six innings. Steele struck out five and walked one.

Pedro Araujo entered the game with two out in the eighth and got the final four outs in order to get the save. He struck out one.

First baseman Matt Rose hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Pelicans a 2-1 lead. It was his 12th of the year. Rose was 2 for 4.

Second baseman Bryant Flete was 2 for 5 and scored once.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs wrenched the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 5-4.

Starting pitcher Duncan Robinson allowed all four runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings. One of the four runs was unearned. Robinson walked three and struck out two.

Marc Huberman got the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Huberman allowed just one hit. He struck out three and walked no one.

Wyatt Short pitched the ninth and got the save, but not without adventure. After Short got the first two outs of the inning, he loaded the bases with a walk, a single and another walk. But then he struck out Bo Bichette (and his .395 batting average) to end the game. Short struck out two.

Vimael Machin connected for his seventh home run of the season with a runner on to give the Cubs a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning. Machin was 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Center fielder Luis Ayala went 3 for 4 with two doubles. He drove in one run.

Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and one run scored. First baseman Jhonny Pereda was 2 for 3 with a walk.

Highlights:

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds canned the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 5-2.

Matt Swarmer threw the first five innings and allowed just one run on five hits. He struck out four and walked only one. It was his fifth win of the year and second with Eugene.

Andin Diaz pitched the ninth inning and got his first save of the season, but not without some difficulty. Diaz allowed a out-out double and an infield single before retiring the next two batters to end the game. Diaz had one strike out.

Shortstop Aramis Ademan went 2 for 5 with a two-run single in the four-run Ems fifth inning. Ademan scored twice.

First baseman Gustavo Polanco went 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs batted in.

Center fielder Zach Davis was 3 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored once.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Angels, 6-0.