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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 2

Wins for Tennessee and Myrtle Beach. The rest of the system wasn’t as good. Carl Edwards Jr. struggled in rehab appearance.

Tyson Miller
Tyson Miller
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 7-3.

Jen-Ho Tseng struggled out of the gate, giving up two runs on two doubles and a single to the first four batters he faced. After that, he settled down and turned in a decent outing. The final line on Tseng was two runs on five hits over five innings. Tseng struck out seven and walked three.

Carl Edwards Jr. made a rehab appearance and he struggled. He didn’t give up a hit over two-thirds of an inning, but he walked two and hit one batter. Combined with a wild pitch and a sac fly, that led to two runs and the loss. Edwards threw just 19 pitches and only six of them were strikes. Two of those strikes were loud outs. It should be noted, however, that the important thing here is how Edwards felt after the outing.

Jason Vosler connected for his second Triple-A home run and 14th overall this season with a man on in the bottom of the first inning. Vosler was 1 for 4.

Right fielder Mark Zagunis tied a career-high with four hits tonight. He was 4 for 5 with two doubles and one run scored.

Chesny Young went 3 for 4 with a walk and he scored on the Vosler home run.

Center fielder Trey Martin went 2 for 4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies snuck past the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 5-4 in ten innings.

Matt Swarmer pitched the first three innings of this game without allowing a run before exiting after 38 pitches. He allowed two hits, both singles. Swarmer walked two and struck out two.

Preston Morrison took over for Swarmer in the fourth inning and allowed just one run over four innings. He gave up four hits, one of which was a solo home run. Morrison struck out two and did not walk anyone.

Wyatt Short pitched the top of the tenth inning and got the win. He let the runner on second score on a one-out single, but he struck out the other three batters he faced.

Left fielder Charcer Burks hit an RBI double in the bottom of the tenth and shortstop Zack Short won it on a two-out single that scored Burks.

Burks had a big night, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. Burks scored twice.

Short went 2 for 5 with two RBI.

Center fielder Connor Myers was 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans won in a landslide over the Potomac Nationals, 5-0.

Starter Tyson Miller was terrific, allowing just two singles and two walks over 6.2 innings. He struck out seven.

Tyler Peyton finished out the shutout.

Catcher P.J. Higgins went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were shut out by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 6-0.

Starter Brandon Little gave up six runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings. Little walked two and struck out three.

Catcher Miguel Amaya was 2 for 4.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were soaked by the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 7-4 in ten innings.

It was another troubling start for Jose Albertos. Albertos got through the first inning, but he was pulled after walking the first five batters of the second inning. The final line on Albertos was 1+ inning, giving up four runs on one hit and six walks. Albertos threw 36 pitches and only eight were strikes.

Casey Ryan took the loss after the Ems came back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan faced the minimum in the top of the ninth (one walk was caught stealing) but got hammered for three runs in the tenth with the runner starting on second base.

The final line on Ryan was three runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks over two innings. He struck out one.

Left fielder Nelson Velazquez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, his third of the year and his second in as many nights. Velazquez then hit a game-tying double in the bottom of the ninth, although he was thrown out at home by an eyelash trying to score the winning run later in the inning. Velazquez was 2 for 5.

Center fielder Fernando Kelli was 2 for 5 with a stolen base. However, he was also caught stealing in the bottom of the ninth. Kelli scored once.

First baseman Tyler Durna went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI single.

Third baseman Christopher Morel was 2 for 5.

Here’s Velazquez’s home run.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 beat the Diamondbacks 10-7.

Cubs 2 lost to the Rangers, 5-1.

Tyler Alamo was 2 for 3 with a double in a rehab appearance.