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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 18

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs neutered the Sacramento River Cats (Giants), 7-4.

Colin Rea got off to a rough start as he gave up a run in the first and three in the second, but he settled down after that and got the win. The final line on Rea was four runs, three earned, on eight hits over six innings. Rea struck out five and walked two.

Craig Kimbrel made his Cubs debut in relief of Rea and it only took him eight pitches to get through the inning. He got a fly out to center, a grounder to third and a strikeout swinging in his perfect inning. The radar gun in Sacramento had him at 96 mph.

Dillon Maples threw a perfect ninth inning for the save, striking out two.

Third baseman Phillip Evans hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his tenth of the season. Evans went 3 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Shortstop Trent Giambrone did not hit a home run today, snapping his streak at four-straight games. But Giambrone did go 2 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. He scored twice.

Left fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The North Division All-Stars beat the South Division All-Stars, 7-3. (Tennessee is in the North)

Tyson Miller pitched the fourth inning and gave up a run on a walk, a stolen base and a single. Miller struck out two.

Cory Abbott started the seventh inning and surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced. Abbott gave up another hit in his two-thirds of an inning before exiting for Wyatt Short. Short faced one batter and got him to fly out.

Vimael Machin played the whole game at second base and went 2 for 5 and scored once.

P.J. Higgins was the first baseman for the entire game and he was 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

Roberto Caro entered the game in the sixth inning and was 0 for 2.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The South All-Stars lost to the North All-Stars 8-7. (Myrtle Beach is in the South.)

Javier Assad pitched a perfect second inning, striking out two.

Jesus Camargo pitched a perfect fifth inning, striking out two.

Unfortunately, Paul Richan pitched the bottom of the eighth and gave up a three-run home run and took the loss. Richan allowed two hits and he hit one batter. Richan struck out two and did not walk anyone.

South Bend Cubs

The East Division All-Stars beat the West Division All-Stars, 3-3. And then the East won the sudden death home run derby tiebreaker. (South Bend is in the East)

Riley Thompson pitched the second inning. He gave up a leadoff single, but then retired the next three batters in order, striking out one.

Brailyn Marquez started the third inning. He got the first two batters to ground out and then allowed a two-out double before exiting. The runner did not score. Marquez was clocked at 100 mph at least once on the night.

Jeffrey Passantino faced two batters in the ninth and retired them both. He struck out one of them.

Second baseman Andy Weber was 0 for 1 with a walk.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds beat the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 6-5.

Neils Stone started and didn’t make it out of the first inning as he was pulled after throwing 32 pitches. Stone allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits over two-thirds of an inning. Stone walked one and struck out one.

Ivan Medina gave up a run in the eight inning, but none in the ninth and got the win when Eugene scored twice in the tenth. The final line on Medina was one run on two hits over two innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Carlos Vega pitched the bottom of the tenth and while he gave up a run on the runner that started on second, but he ended up getting the save. Vega allowed one unearned run on one hit and a walk over one inning. Vega struck out one.

First baseman Jake Slaughter hit a two-run single in the top of the tenth that gave Eugene the lead for good. Slaughter was 2 for 5.

Center fielder Fernando Kelli hit an RBI triple in the top of the ninth to tie the score at 4-4. Kelli went 2 for 4.

DH Caleb Knight was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

AZL Cubs

Both teams were off.