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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 26

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South Bend wins behind big nights from Nelson Velazquez and Faustino Carrera.

Nelson Velazquez
Eugene Emeralds

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were drowned out by the Nashville Sounds (Rangers), 2-1.

Duncan Robinson started this game, but he only lasted one inning after throwing 28 pitches in the first. He allowed one run on one hit, which was a solo home run. Robinson walked three and did not strike out anyone.

Alberto Baldonado, Trevor Clifton and Matt Carasiti kept the Sounds from scoring again over the next seven inning. Baldonado tossed two innings, Clifton threw 3.1 and Carasiti pitched 1.2 innings.

The loss went to Brian Duensing, who gave up two hits and a run in the top of the ninth inning, the only inning he pitched. Duensing intentionally walked one and did not have a strikeout.

The I-Cubs only managed three hits tonight and left fielder Donnie Dewees had two of them in a 2 for 4 game. Dewees also scored the only Iowa run of the game on a seventh-inning sac fly by Phillip Evans.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies lost to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins), 6-3.

Justin Steele started, but he only lasted 1.1 innings. Steele allowed five runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out two.

First baseman P.J. Higgins hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to make this game seem closer than it was. It was his third home run of the season. Higgins went 2 for 5.

Third baseman Robel Garcia was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the first inning and a walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans washed out against the Salem Red Sox, 7-5.

Paul Richan started and took the loss. Richan surrendered five runs on 12 hits over 5.1 innings. Richan walked one and struck out four.

Catcher Miguel Amaya hit his fourth home run of the season in the third inning with a man on. Amaya was 1 for 4 and was hit by a pitch.

Left fielder Grant Fennell was activated off the 7-day IL and went 2 for 4 with two doubles. He scored once.

Second baseman Yeiler Peguero hit a double and a triple in a 2 for 4 night. Peguero had three RBI.

First baseman Cam Balego went 2 for 3 with two walks and one run scored.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs cooked the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 7-4.

Faustino Carrera started and got the win. Carrera allowed just one run on six hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Eugenio Palma entered the game in the ninth inning after Riley McCauley walked the first four batters of the inning. Palma immediately walked the first batter he faced, forcing in a run, but then he retired the next three batters in order on an infield fly, a grounder back to the mound that led to a 1-2 putout and a strikeout.

Center fielder Nelson Velazquez continued his hot start to the 2019 season by going 3 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. Velazquez scored three runs. In 31 games with South Bend last season, Velazquez had just 21 hits and only one double. In 19 games in South Bend this year, Velazquez has 25 hits already including five doubles and one triple. Still no home runs though.

Third baseman Christopher Morel was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. Morel scored once and drove home two.

Catcher Rafelin Lorenzo had two doubles in a 2 for 4 game.