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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 26

Gioskar Amaya
Tennessee Smokies

Congratulations to Iowa Cubs pitcher Colin Rea, who was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team today.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs beat the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 5-4.

Iowa starter Alec Mills got the win after pitching six innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits. Mills struck out six and did not walk anyone.

Dillon Maples was called upon in the top of the eighth inning for a four-out save and he mowed down all four batters he faced on 12 pitches. Maples struck out two.

Left fielder Robel Garcia hit another home run, a solo blast in the second inning. It was Garcia’s 21st home run this year and 15th with the I-Cubs. Garcia was 1 for 3 with a walk.

But Garcia does not lead the I-Cubs in home runs because two batters later, second baseman Trent Giambrone connected for a two-run home run, his 16th on the year. Giambrone was 2 for 4 with a double.

In the fifth inning, shortstop Dixon Machado tacked on what proved to be an important insurance run with his ninth home run of the year. Machado was 1 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. He had just the one RBI.

DH Mark Zagunis went 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies got in the eyes of the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 9-8.

Starter Luis Lugo got the win. He pitched five innings and allowed six runs on ten hits. Lugo walked three and struck out six.

Tommy Nance gave up a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth, but that was good enough for the save. Nance’s final line was two runs on four hits over two innings. He struck out two and did not walk anyone.

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya was the big hero for the Smokies today, going 4 for 5 with three doubles. Amaya scored three times.

Shortstop Vimael Machin was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Machin had three total RBI and he scored once.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges went 2 for 5 with a bases-loaded, three-run double in the fourth inning.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans abbreviated the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 7-6.

It was the first time the Pelicans won back-to-back games since May 19-20.

Ryan Kellogg got into trouble in the third and fourth inning, giving up three runs in both innings. The final line on Kellogg was six runs on nine hits over four innings. Kellogg struck out three and did not walk anyone, but he did hit one batter.

Enrique De Los Rios pitched the middle three innings and kept the Dash from scoring, allowing the Pelicans to get back in the game and for De Los Rios to get the win. The final line od De Los Rios was no runs on three hits over three innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Garrett Kelly pitched the final two innings without allowing a run and got the save. He allowed one hit. Kelly struck out one and walked no one.

DH Tyler Payne gave the Pelicans a 7-6 lead with a three-run home run in the sixth inning. It was Payne’s fifth home run this year. Payne was 3 for 4.

Right fielder Jimmy Herron was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. Herron also made a leaping catch at the wall to end the game in the bottom of the ninth. (It probably would have been high off the wall had he not caught it rather than a game-tying home run.) Herron scored one run and drove home two.

Left fielder Grant Fennell went 2 for 3 with a walk.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were dented by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 9-1.

Starter Brailyn Marquez took the loss after he allowed four runs on three hits over four innings. Marquez had control issues as he walked five and struck out two.

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Brennan Davis tripled and Tyler Durna doubled him home to keep South Bend from being shut out. Davis was 2 for 4 and Durna was 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds couldn’t fly with the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 11-5.

Between South Bend and Eugene, starter Zach Mort has been very good this season. He was not very good tonight. Mort gave up six runs on nine hits in just four innings. Mort walked one and struck out three.

DH Rafael Mejia had a two-run double in the seventh inning. He was 1 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 beat the Reds, 14-7.

25th-round pick Zac Taylor from Illinois had three home runs in this game. He has five home runs in his first five professional games.

Cubs 2 beat Indians Red, 4-3.