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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 23

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South Bend explodes for 11 runs and hangs on to win. Eugene down Tri-City

Jonathan Sierra
Jonathan Sierra
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were run over by the Round Rock Express (Astros), 8-3.

Colin Rea started and allowed seven runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings. Three of the seven runs were unearned. Rea walked four and struck out one, so not a lot of positives on this outing.

Left fielder Donnie Dewees hit a solo home run in the third inning. It was Dewees 11th home run this year and his third in the last five games. Dewees went 2 for 4.

Catcher Taylor Davis hit a two-run double in the second inning. Davis went 2 for 4.

First baseman Jim Adduci and second baseman Robel Garcia were both 2 for 4. Both scored on Davis’ double. Adduci now has a 19-game hitting streak.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were cooked by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 9-7.

Thomas Hatch started and took the loss. Hatch pitched 4.1 innings and allowed eight runs on eight hits. Only three of the eight runs were earned, however, because of an error by third baseman Jesse Hodges that led to a five-run fourth inning. Hatch walked two and struck out five.

The error by Hodges came just one-half inning after he hit a grand slam in the bottom of the third. It was his second home run of the year. Hodges went 3 for 4.

Left fielder Charcer Burks went 2 for 3 with two walks. Burks scored twice.

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 3 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were swept by the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Astros), 3-2.

Alexander Vargas started and took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits over six innings. All three runs scored on two home runs. Vargas walked three and struck out four.

First baseman Cam Balego hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his seventh of the season. Balego went 2 for 3 with a walk.

The Pelicans had four hits in this game.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs outlasted the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 11-10.

Cam Sanders started and allowed three runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. Sanders struck out six and walked two. He also hit one batter.

South Bend had an 8-0 lead after three innings and a 9-1 lead after four innings and then hung on to win. Brendan King was awarded the win in relief since Sanders didn’t go five innings. King allowed one run on one hit (a triple) over 1.2 innings. King struck out one and didn’t walk anyone.

Ethan Roberts entered the game with a three-run lead and he allowed two runs to score after two were out. But that was enough for his ninth save. Roberts’ final line was two runs on three hits in one inning. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

South Bend exploded for 17 hits, including ten doubles, in this game.

Shortstop Andy Weber went 3 for 5 with two doubles. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Left fielder Cole Roederer went 3 for 5 with two doubles. He scored twice and had two runs batted in.

Right fielder Jonathan Sierra was 3 for 4 with two doubles and a walk Sierra drove home three and scored two runs.

Second baseman Levi Jordan went 3 for 5 with two doubles. Jordan scored once and had one run batted in.

Highlights. There are many.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds vacuumed up the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 4-3.

Starter Didier Vargas went three innings and allowed one run on two hits. He walked three and struck out three.

The win went to Ruben Reyes, who pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. He gave up no hits, but he did walk two. Reyes did pick off one of the batters he walked. Reyes did not have a strikeout.

Center fielder Fernando Kelli singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Kelli then stole second base and went to third on a ground out. He scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

In the fifth inning, Kelli hit a two-run home run, his first of the season. Kelli went 3 for 4 with a home run and a steal. He scored two runs and drove in two, so he was involved in all four runs scored by the Ems tonight.

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