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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 26

Vimael Machin, Thomas Hatch and Zack Short tame the BayBears. Nico Hoerner had a successful pro debut.

Vimael Machin
Vimael Machin
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Along with the shuffle of players between Iowa and Chicago, the Cubs sent RHP Preston Morrison from Tennessee to Iowa.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs got a bad surprise from the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 3-1.

Starter Jen-Ho Tseng saw his record on the season fall to 2-9 even though he turned in a quality start. Tseng pitched six innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on eight hits. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

Center fielder Wynton Bernard tripled and scored the only I-Cubs run in the top of the eighth inning. Bernard was 2 for 3.

Tennessee Smokies

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

Starter Thomas Hatch got the win after giving up two runs on five hits over six innings. Both of the runs came on a third-inning two-run home run by Zach Houchins, who hit two home runs off the Smokies on Monday. Hatch struck out four and walked two.

Jake Stinnett pitched the ninth inning and he got three groundouts for a perfect inning. It was Stinnett’s first save of the season.

First baseman Vimael Machin hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning, his third home run of the year and first for Tennessee. Machin went 3 for 4.

Shortstop Zack Short hit a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 game. He also walked one and scored ones.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were swept in a doubleheader by the Buies Creek Astros, 4-2 and 6-0.

Tyson Miller started game one and allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. One of the four runs was unearned. Miller did strike out seven and didn’t walk anyone.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored one time.

Bryan Hudson pitched the first four innings of game two. He took the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits. Two of the six runs were unearned. Hudson walked three and struck out three.

Hudson also had a wild pitch in this inning that, combined with a throwing error by the catcher P.J. Higgins, allowed three runs to score on one play.

Third baseman Wladimir Galindo and center fielder Connor Myers were both 2 for 3 in game 2.

If you want to watch highlights, here they are.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs wiped out against the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 10-3.

Starter Brendon Little gave up two runs in the first inning and four in the fourth. The final line on Little was six runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Right fielder Chris Singleton hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to cut the deficit to seven runs. It was his third home run this year. He was 1 for 4.

Shortstop Rafael Narea was 3 for 4 and scored once.

Center fielder Brandon Hughes was 2 for 4 and scored once.

Left fielder Roberto Caro went 2 for 4 with a walk and one run driven in.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were buried by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 10-5.

Starter Eury Ramos went 2.2 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. One of the runs was unearned, but it was his error, so he did, in fact, earn it. He was already up to 73 pitches in the third inning when he was removed. Ramos walked two and struck out four.

Eugenio Palma got out a bases-loaded jam in the third inning with a strikeout. But then he pitched the third inning and was hammered for seven runs and the loss. The final line on Palma was seven runs, six earned, on four hits over two-thirds of an inning. He struck out two, walked two and hit one batter.

Second baseman Luis Diaz was 3 for 4 with three RBI. He also scored one run.

Third baseman Christopher Morel went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Center fielder Fernando Kelli was 2 for 4 with two steals and two runs scored. Kelli already has 11 steals in 11 games.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to Giants Orange, 8-5.

First-round pick Nico Hoerner made his professional debut in this game and he tripled the first time he came to the plate. He finished the night 2 for 3 with a double, the triple and a walk. He scored three times and had one run batted in.

Cubs 2 lost to Indians 1, 9-3.