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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 29

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Justin Steele made a strong start in his return to from Tommy John surgery. Keegan Thompson shuts down the Lookouts.

Justin Steele
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were ignored by the Sacramento River Cats (GIants), 7-4.

Like his last start, Casey Coleman didn’t make it out of the second inning. Coleman allowed six runs on eight hits over 1.2 innings. Five of the runs scored in the second inning. Coleman walked two and struck out two.

The I-Cubs scored all four runs in the sixth inning. Second baseman Stephen Bruno hit a two-run home run in the sixth and two batters later, shortstop Ryan Court hit a two-run home run.

Bruno was 3 for 4. It was his third home run this year. Court went 1 for 4 and now has ten home runs.

Catcher Will Remillard went 2 for 4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies stopped the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 8-3.

Starter Keegan Thompson got the win with five scoreless innings. He gave up two hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Daury Torrez got a two-inning save. Torrez surrendered one run on three hits, but he pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth inning that he inherited Scott Effross with no runs scoring. Torrez struck out three.

Vimael Machin hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, his fourth for the Smokies and sixth overall. Machin went 3 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Connor Myers went 2 for 4 with a stolen base and one run scored.

Erick Castillo went 2 for 3 with a two-run double. He later scored as part of a four-run seventh inning.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans topped the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 4-3.

Justin Steele made his return to Myrtle Beach for the first time after Tommy John surgery and he got the win with a strong outing. Steele pitched five innings and allowed one unearned run on just two hits. He walked two, hit two batters and struck out five.

The save went to Jose Paulino, who gave up a run in the top of the ninth after giving up three straight hits after two were out. Paulino’s final line was one run on three hits over 1.1 innings. Paulino struck out one and walked none.

Center fielder D.J. Wilson went 3 for 4 with a double and a stolen base. He scored once.

Shortstop Aramis Ademan went 2 for 4 with a two-run single in the seventh inning.

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South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were shut down by the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 3-0.

Starter Enrique De Los Rios got the hard-luck loss. He allowed two runs on five hits over five innings. De Los Rios struck out three and walked one.

South Bend had just six hits today. Catcher Miguel Amaya went 0 for 1 with three walks.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 8-1.

Starter Eury Ramos was strong today with five scoreless innings. Ramos gave up just three hits. He struck out six and walked no one, although he did hit one batter.

Yan De La Cruz took over for Ramos in the sixth inning and took the loss. De La Cruz allowed three runs on two hits in just one inning. He also walked two batters without striking any of them out.

Shortstop Levi Jordan singled home right fielder Jonathan Sierra in the sixth inning to give the Ems a short-lived 1-0 lead. Jordan was 2 for 4 and Sierra was 2 for 4 with a double.

First baseman Luke Reynolds was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 beat the Athletics, 8-3.

Cubs 2 lost to Indians 1, 10-5.