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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 12

The Ems win in extras was the only win above rookie ball, and the Cubs were guaranteed to win the Arizona game.

Jason Vosler
Jason Vosler
Dylan Heuer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs fell flat against the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 8-7.

Alec Mills didn’t make it out of the third inning, giving up five runs on five hits over 2.1 innings. A bigger issue may be that Mills walked four while striking out just three.

Trailing 8-2 going to the bottom of the eighth, Iowa put together a five-run rally, highlighted by a streak of four straight doubles. But that was as far as Iowa’s comeback went. They put two on with two outs in the ninth, but again failed to tie the score.

First baseman Chris Coghlan hit his first I-Cubs home run since 2016 with the bases empty in the fourth inning. Coghlan had a big night, going 3 for 5 and scoring twice.

Catcher Taylor Davis went 2 for 4 with a walk and the first double in the eighth. He drove in two and scored once.

Third baseman Jason Vosler went 2 for 5 and doubled back-to-back with Davis. Vosler had two RBI and one run scored. Vosler now has a 14-game hitting streak.

Ryan Court and Bijan Rademacher had the next two doubles. Court was 1 for 4 and Rademacher was 1 for 2 with two walks.

Left fielder Mark Zagunis went 2 for 5 with a double that wasn’t hit in the eighth inning. Zagunis scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were subjugated by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 8-5.

Keegan Thompson started and gave up two runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings. Thompson threw a lot of pitches: 90 over just 4.1 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Jordan Minch got the loss when he gave up three runs in the eighth inning, in addition to a game-tying inherited runner in the seventh. The final line on Minch was three runs on three hits over 1.1 innings. Minch walked two and struck out no one.

Left fielder Charcer Burks hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. It was his fourth of the season. Burks was 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and three total RBI.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez went 2 for 4 with a two-run triple in the fourth.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert went 2 for 5 and scored once.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Rained out. They’ll play a doubleheader sometime next week at a date yet to be determined.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs lost to the Beloit Snappers (Angels), 8-1.

Erling Moreno threw the first five innings and took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits. He walked three, hit one batter and struck out one.

DH Michael Cruz accounted for the only South Bend run with his tenth home run of the year in the sixth inning. Cruz went 2 for 4 with a double.

Shortstop Nico Hoerner was 2 for 4 in his South Bend debut. According to the press release after the game, he also made a terrific leaping catch and showed off a strong arm.

Nico Hoerner highlights.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds blasted the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 9-4 in 11 innings.

Zack Mort pitched the first two innings and gave up two runs on four hits. But mostly on that two-run home run in the bottom of the first. Mort struck out one and did not walk anyone.

The win went the Jake Steffens, who pitched three innings, including two in extras, without allowing a run. Steffens allowed just one hit. He struck out two and did nit walk anyone.

The Ems won this one after scoring five runs in the top of the 11th, highlighted by a two-run home run by first baseman Tyler Duma, which was the 15th-round pick’s first professional home run. Duma had a huge night, going 4 for 6 with three RBI.

Second baseman Clayton Daniel went 2 for 4 with a walk in his second game for the Ems. Daniel has one RBI and he scored once.

Center fielder Fernando Kelli went 2 for 6 with two RBI and one runs scored. One of those hits was a bunt single in the 11th that broke the 4-4 tie.

Third baseman Luis Diaz went 2 for 6 with a two-run single in the 11th. He scored on the Duma home run.

DH Gustavo Polanco went 2 for 6 with one run batted in.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 2 beat Cubs 1 8-2.