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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 22

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Terrific pitching everywhere but South Bend, although the Ems lost a crucial game anyway.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs tracked down the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 5-1.

Jen-Ho Tseng won his third game in three starts in Triple-A. Tseng went seven innings and allowed just one run on a home run in the fifth inning. Tseng gave up four total hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Left fielder Jemile Weeks led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run, his first of the season. Weeks went 1 for 5.

Ozzie Martinez pinch hit in the eighth inning and hit his first home run of the year. It came with the bases empty.

Right fielder Mark Zagunis was 3 for 4 with a walk. He scored once. Catcher Taylor Davis went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the third inning.

Tennessee Smokies

Rained out.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 2-0.

For his third straight start, Michael Rucker did not allow any runs tonight. He pitched five innings and allowed six hits. Rucker did not walk anyone and he struck out seven.

Rucker has now thrown 20 straight innings without allowing a run. He last gave up a run on July 5.

David Berg pitched the final two innings and retired all six batters he faced for the save. Berg struck out two.

The Pelicans scored both their runs in the second inning on a bases-loaded walk by Roberto Caro and a sacrifice fly by Zack Short. Caro was 0 for 1 with two walks and Short was 1 for 3.

Right fielder Robert Garcia went 2 for 3.

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South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were bitten by the Beloit Snappers (Athletics), 6-3.

Carson Sands second start of the season for South Bend went better than the first one, but that’s not saying much. Sands took the loss after giving up five runs on five hits over 2.2 innings. Sands walked five and he didn’t strike anyone out. But last time out, he gave up seven runs in two innings, so baby steps.

Catcher Alberto Mineo was 2 for 3 and he scored once.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were stuck in the mud against the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 2-1 in ten innings.

Starter Jesus Camargo was strong for six innings, giving up just one run on two hits. Camargo struck out seven and walked one.

Jake Steffens took the loss in relief after the first batter of the bottom of the ninth struck out but reached on a wild pitch. After a wild pitch sent the runner to second, there was a failed bunt attempt to move him to third. But a one-out walk-off single ended the game. Steffens pitched 1.1 innings and allowed the one run on one hit. He struck out three and didn’t walk anyone. He did have those two crucial wild pitches though.

Jhonny Bethencourt led off the game with a double, went to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a sacrifice fly. The Ems did not have another hit the rest of the game.

Hillsboro lost, so the Ems hope of a first-half title remain alive despite the defeat. But they will need to beat Tri-City tomorrow and Hillsboro will have to lose to Spokane.

AZL Cubs

Lost to Padres 2, 3-2.