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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 28

Walk-off wins for Tennessee and Myrtle Beach. Shutouts for Myrtle Beach and Iowa.

Wynton Bernard
Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs shut out the Sacramento River Cats (Giants), 2-0.

Starter Luke Farrell didn’t go five innings so he didn’t get the win, but he did keep the River Cats scoreless for 4.1 innings. Farrell gave up three hits. He walked three and struck out four. He also hit one batter. He threw 74 pitches, so presumably he was on a pitch count.

The win went to Alberto Baldonado, who pitched the next 2.2 innings and surrendered three hits. He struck out three and walked one.

Dakota Mekkes was perfect over the final two innings for the save. He struck out two.

The I-Cubs had seven hits tonight and center fielder Trey Martin had three of them. Martin went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI single in the sixth inning.

Tennessee Smokies

Wynton Bernard hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Tennessee Smokies blinded the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 4-1.

Michael Rucker threw the first five innings with only one blemish: a solo home run in the fourth inning to Chris Paul. Rucker gave up four hits. He walked three and struck out four.

James Buckelew allowed just one hit over the next three scoreless innings. The win went to Zach Hedges, who pitched the top of the ninth inning. Hedges allowed a single to the leadoff hitter in the ninth, but immediately erased him in a double play. He retired the next batter on another grounder to end the inning.

Bernard’s slam came on a 1-2 count and was his second of the season and first with the Smokies. He was 2 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans outlasted the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 1-0 in 12 innings.

The Pelicans pitchers allowed just three hits tonight. Starter Bryan Hudson went 6.2innings and allowed two hits. He walked one, hit one batter and struck out four.

Erick Leal tossed the next 3.1 innings and allowed just one hit. He struck out three.

Ryan Kellogg pitched the 11th and 12th innings and was perfect, retiring all six batters he faced despite the runner starting on second base. Kellogg struck out three.

Left fielder Jared Young hit a walk-off single to score Aramis Ademan, who had started the inning on second base. Young was 3 for 5.

Young’s walk-off single:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were flooded by the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 5-1.

Ryan Williams’ second start with South Bend did not go as well as the first one did. Williams was tagged for five runs on eight hits over five innings. Williams did strike out six and didn’t walk anyone.

Left fielder Zach Davis went 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored the lone South Bend run in the eighth inning.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 6-1.

Brailyn Marquez started and took the loss. Vancouver scored two runs each in the second, third and fifth innings. Marquez pitched 4.1 innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. He walked four and struck out two.

Left fielder Grant Ferrell was 2 for 4 with a double.

Shortstop Levi Jordan went 2 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to Giants Black, 6-2.

Cubs 2 beat the to Diamondbacks, 2-1.