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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 8

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Iowa loses a weird one after running out of players. Smokies and South Bend lose as well.

P.J. Higgins
P.J. Higgins
Tennessee Smokies

Congratulations to former Cubs farmhand Tayler Scott, who became only the second player and first pitcher born in Africa to play in the major leagues when he pitched for the Mariners tonight. His parents flew in all the way from South Africa to see their son pitch. Unfortunately, the Angels knocked him around a bit.

Iowa Cubs

The Demonios de Des Moines (Iowa Cubs) were exorcised by the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico (Albuquerque Isotopes—Rockies), 8-7 in 12 innings.

(Yes, this was a Copa de la Diversión game.)

Colin Rea started this game and continued to pitch well, giving up just two runs on four hits over six innings. Rea walked three and struck out five.

Junichi Tazawa had his worst appearance as an I-Cub (errr, as a Demonios) as he gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning of relief.

Jacob Hannemann sent this game into extra innings with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth. It was his third home run of the year. But the Demonios ran out of players in the 12th inning and Hannemann had to come on to pitch and Duane Underwood Jr. had to play first base. Hannemann got the loss after he allowed a two-run home run to Garrett Hampson, the first batter he faced. He managed to keep the damage to just two runs thanks in part to a terrific defensive play at first base by Underwood.

Iowa hit four home runs today. In addition to Hannemann’s home run, Trent Giambrone clubbed his tenth home run of the season in the fifth inning with the bases empty. Giambrone was 2 for 4 with a double, the home run and a walk. He scored twice.

Ian Happ hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his tenth. Happ went 1 for 3 with three walks. He scored twice.

In the seventh inning, Donnie Dewees hit a two-run home run, his eighth of the season. Dewees was 1 for 5.

Third baseman Phillip Evans went 3 for 6 and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were put out by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 7-5.

Tyson Miller was the starting pitcher tonight and he surrendered three runs on nine hits over five innings. Miller walked two and struck out three.

Jordan Minch got the loss after he allowed two two-run home runs in the seventh inning. Minch’s final line was four runs on two hits and three walks over 1.2 innings. Minch struck out two.

First baseman Jared Young had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 game. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Third baseman P.J. Higgins went 2 for 4 with two RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Their doubleheader at Winston-Salem got rained out again. They’ll try to make up one of the games tomorrow with another doubleheader. The other game has been cancelled and will not be made up.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were tarred and feathered by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 8-3.

Derek Casey started and took the loss. Casey gave up four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings. Casey walked three and struck out two.

Catcher Rafelin Lorenzo hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, his third of the season. Lorenzo also drove in the Cubs’ other run of the night with a sac fly in the fifth inning. Lorenzo was 1 for 3.

Third baseman Christopher Morel was 3 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

Center fielder Cole Roederer went 2 for 4.