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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 21

Wins for the Smokies and South Bend.

Alex Lange
Alex Lange
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

It’s the longest day of the year and the start of the second half for three Cubs affiliates.

After winning his second Carolina League Pitcher of the Week award this week, Keegan Thompson was promoted to Double-A Tennessee.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost their seventh-straight game, 5-0 to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers).

Jen-Ho Tseng had his best start in almost a month, but he took the loss anyway as Iowa failed to score any runs. Tseng allowed two runs on three hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked three, although one of those walks was intentional.

First baseman Victor Caratini was 3 for 4 with a double.

Third baseman Ryan Court was activated off the disabled list and went 2 for 4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies caught the Mobile BayBears (Angels) napping, 4-2.

Michael Rucker got his sixth win after he surrendered just one run on four hits over six innings. The one run came on a home run to lead off the sixth inning. Rucker struck out three and walked one.

James Norwood pitched the ninth inning for the save. He gave up a one-out single and let the runner go to second base on a wild pitch. But he retired the other three batters he faced and struck out two of them.

Trey Martin led off the top of the first inning with a home run, his seventh of the season. Martin also walked with the bases-loaded in the seventh inning for two RBI. He was 1 for 4.

In fact, the Smokies took the lead in the seventh inning on Martin’s walk with the bases loaded and then a subsequent walk to Zack Short and Jason Vosler getting hit by a pitch for three RBI. Short was 0 for 3 with two walks and Vosler was 1 for 4 with a double.Myrt

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut down by the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 1-0.

Starter Alex Lange gave up a solo home run to Mitch Longo to lead off the bottom of the first inning and neither team scored again. Lange gave up four hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked just two.

As well as Lange pitch, Hillcats starter Eli Morgan was better, throwing six innings of no-hit baseball. The first and only Pelicans hit of the game was a two-out triple by Andruw Monasterio in the top of the eighth inning.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs slew the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 3-2.

Ricky Tyler Thomas struck out a career-high 11 batters as he locked up his third win of the season. Thomas allowed two runs on five hits over 6.2 innings. He did not walk anyone.

Brian Glowicki pitched the ninth inning and got the save. He walked the first batter he faced but immediately erased him with a 5-4-3 double play. Glowicki then retired the next batter on a grounder to short to end the game.

Jared Hughes hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to give South Bend a 3-0 lead. It was Hughes third home run of the season. Hughes was 2 for 4.

DH Michael Cruz was 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were shut out by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 4-0.

Starter Faustino Carmona allowed two runs on three hits over four innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Kwang-Min Kwon was 2 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 beat the Angels 7-6 in ten innings in game one of the doubleheader.

Game 2 was tied 2-2 in the second inning.

Cubs 2 were beating the Reds, 13-5 in the 7th inning.