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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 30

Some strong pitching in Tennessee and Myrtle Beach. Eddie Butler makes a rehab appearance. A wild win in South Bend.

Keegan Thompson
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

I cannot believe we are through June already.

Some amazing pitching performances tonight.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs game was suspended by rain with Iowa trailing Memphis 3-1 after four innings.

Eddie Butler pitched the first inning of this game in a rehab appearance. He gave up three runs on two hits, including a triple and a two-run home run. He also walked one batter and struck out two Redbirds.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies blinded the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 2-0.

Keegan Thompson, Wyatt Short and Jake Stinnett combined for a one-hit shutout of the Lookouts.

Thompson started and allowed a one-out single in the sixth inning. Thompson pitched 6.1 innings and walked two and struck out seven for his first Double-A win.

Short entered the game after Thompson walked a batter (and reached 93 pitches) in the seventh inning. He induced a double play and then retired the side in order. Four batters, five outs. He did not strike anyone out.

Stinnett tossed a perfect ninth for the save, striking out two.

The Smokies only had four hits in this game, but one of them was a two-run home run by shortstop Zack Short in the sixth inning. It was his tenth home run this year. Short was 1 for 2 with a walk.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 3.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans snapped their six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Potomac Nationals.

Starter Erich Uelmen pitched six scoreless innings and won his second game for the Pelicans in two starts. Uelmen gave up four hits. He walked three and struck out five.

Jhon Romero had a two-inning save, retiring all six batters he faced. He struck out three of them.

The Pelicans snapped an 18-inning scoreless streak when catcher Jhonny Pereda doubled home Aramis Ademan in the bottom of the first inning. Pereda was 2 for 4 and Ademan was 1 for 4 with an RBI groundout.

First baseman Austin Upshaw was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs outslugged the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 13-12 in ten innings.

Starter Erling Moreno gave up six runs on six hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Position player Cam Balego pitched the ninth and tenth inning and got the win. Balego gave up one hit and hit one batter, but he retired all three batters he faced in the tenth with the runner starting on second base.

Also, Balego hit a game-tying two-run single in the bottom of the ninth. He was 1 for 4 with one stolen base.

First baseman Jared Young hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, his ninth on the year. Young was 1 for 5 with a walk. He scored twice.

In the third inning, Austin Filiere hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Filiere went 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored three times and had four total RBI.

Second baseman Christian Donahue hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, his third of the year. Donahue went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. That’s eight total bases. Donahue 3 for 4 with a walk.

Center fielder Brandon Hughes went 2 for 6 with two runs scored. One of those runs was the walk-off run in the bottom of the tenth (after starting the inning at second) on a sacrifice fly by Miguel Amaya. Amaya went 1 for 4 with a walk and two RBI. He scored twice.

Shortstop Delvin Zinn went 2 for 5.

Eugene Emeralds

Off night. Autzen Stadium, which is next door to PK Park, was hosting a (Grateful) Dead & Company concert.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to the White Sox 4-3 in eleven innings.

Cubs 2 were off.