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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 26

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South Bend won. At least there’s that.

Chris Pieters
Sue Skowronski

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were yipped to death by the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 7-6.

Seth Frankoff started and took the loss. Frankoff pitched five innings and gave up four runs on six hits. Frankoff struck out seven and he walked three.

First baseman Jeimer Candelario was 3 for 5 with a two-run double in the ninth inning that got the I-Cubs to within a run with no outs. But Iowa could not get Candelario home with the tying run. He did score a run earlier in the game.

Right fielder Mark Zagunis was 3 for 4 with a walk. He had two RBI, including an RBI single in the ninth inning and then he scored on Candelario’s double.

Left fielder John Andreoli went 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were cooked by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 5-4.

Starter Preston Morrison took the loss as he gave up all five runs on seven hits over four innings. He walked three, hit one batter and struck out one.

The Smokies put on a rally in the ninth inning as they scored three runs on two home runs in the ninth before a single batter was retired. But not only were they unable to get the tying run, they were unable to even get another baserunner.

DH David Bote homered to lead off the ninth, his ninth blast of the season. Bote was 2 for 3 with a walk.

Two batters later, shortstop Carlos Penalver hit hit third home run with a man on to get the Smokies to within a run. Penalver was 1 for 4.

Right fielder Daniel Spingola was 2 for 4 with an RBI single in the seventh inning. He scored on the Penalver home run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were grounded by the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 8-2.

Justin Steele had just one bad inning, but it was a really bad inning. The Mudcats scored five runs in the third inning, including a grand slam by Lucas Erceg off Steele. Steele went five innings and gave up the five runs on seven hits total. Steele struck out six and walked just one. He did, however, hit three batters.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 3 with a walk.

Highlights, such as they were.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs sank the Lake County Captains (Indians), 15-2.

Jose Paulino was the beneficiary of all this offense, but he pitched pretty well anyway. Paulino got his sixth win after allowing just two runs on eight hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out four.

South Bend only had one home run and it came off the bat of right fielder Chris Pieters in the fifth inning. It was Pieters’ fourth home run of the year and it came with a man on. Pieters was 3 for 5 and he scored three times.

Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell hit a three-run triple in the eighth inning, part of the seven runs the Cubs scored that inning. Mitchell was 3 for 5 and he later scored in the eighth.

DH Austin Upshaw was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and had one RBI.

First baseman Joe Martarano went 2 for 4 with a double. He scored two runs and had one run batted in.

Highlights. Much better ones than Myrtle Beach tonight. Plus Christmas sweaters!

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were devalued by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 6-1.

Enrique De Los Rios started and got his first loss of the season. De Los Rios gave up six runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Third baseman Austin Filiere went 2 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Angels, 4-1.