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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 20

Tennessee and South Bend win. The Pelicans split a doubleheader.

Eddy Martinez
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were silenced by the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 7-5.

Eddie Butler made his first start since his demotion and allowed four runs on ten hits over 5.1 innings. Butler walked two and struck out one.

Dillon Maples took the loss after he gave up a two-run home run in the top of the ninth. Maples pitched one inning and allowed the two runs on two hits and a walk. He struck out two.

DH Bijan Rademacher hit a three-run home run in the second inning, his fourth of the season. Rademacher was 1 for 4.

First baseman Chris Dominguez was 2 for 3 with a walk and he scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies sauced the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins), 7-3.

Brett Anderson got the win on a rehab start after surrendering three runs on four hits over six innings. One of the three runs was unearned. Anderson walked three and struck out four.

Left fielder Daniel Spingola hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. It was his fourth home run of the year and second with the Smokies. Spingola went 2 for 5 and he scored three times.

Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 5 with a double and one run scored.

Third baseman Jason Vosler had a sac fly and a two-run single for three RBI. He was 1 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans split a doubleheader with the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), losing game one 5-3 and winning the second one 5-0.

In the first game, starter Ryan Kellogg did not make it out of the first inning. He allowed five runs on six hits in just two-thirds of an inning. The first four batters of the game singled off of him. The fifth one doubled. Kellogg walked one and did not have a strikeout.

Catcher Tyler Pearson was 3 for 3 with a double and one run scored. Left fielder Trent Giambrone went 2 for 3 with a walk. First baseman Adonis Paula was 2 for 3.

In game two, Scott Effross kept the Pelicans scoreless for five innings. He allowed just two hits. He walked one intentionally and struck out four.

Dakota Mekkes pitched the other two innings of this game for the save. Mekkes did give up two hits and he walked one while striking out one. Mekkes has now pitched in 11 games and 18.2 innings in Myrtle Beach without allowing a run. Mekkes has allowed two earned runs all season long and none since May 10. He gave up an unearned run on May 31.

DH Eddy Martinez hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his 11th of the season. Martinez went 2 for 3.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 3 with a steal. He scored twice.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs defanged the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 6-1.

Bryan Hudson was terrific tonight. He did not allow a hit until the sixth inning. Hudson allowed one run on three hits over seven innings. Hudson walked one and struck out four.

Center fielder D.J. Wilson hit a solo home run in the second inning, his sixth of the season. Wilson was 1 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.

In the seventh inning, left fielder Luis Ayala connected for his third home run of the year with the bases empty. Ayala went 1 for 4.

Second baseman Yeiler Peguero had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 5 night. Both doubles drove in one run. Peguero scored once.

DH Kevonte Mitchell was 2 for 5.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 2-1 in 10 innings.

Starter Matt Swarmer allowed one run on five hits over 5.1 innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Luis Aquino struck out Luis Anguizola with the score tied and the bases loaded with two out in the bottom of the tenth. Too bad it was on a wild pitch and Anguizola reached first and the runner on third scored the winning run on what should have been the third out. Aquino allowed one run on two hits over 2.2 innings. He walked three, one intentionally, and he struck out three.

Eugene had just four hits in this game, all singles.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Brewers, 3-2 in 11 innings.

Rob Zastryzny pitched four innings in this game in a rehab appearance. He gave up two runs, one earned.