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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 9

The Smokies shut down Chattanooga in the only Cubs win of the day.

Tennessee Smokies

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were blasted by the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 10-4.

Starter Matt Swarmer was knocked around for eight runs on seven hits over three innings. He walked four and struck out two.

On the bright side, Dillon Maples got to bat for the first time as a professional and he singled, so his career batting average is 1.000. More importantly, he faced four batters, retired all four and struck out three.

Second baseman Robel Garcia hit a solo home run in the second inning. It was his 15th home run of the year and ninth for Iowa. Garcia was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the sixth inning.

Third baseman Phillip Evans went 2 for 4 with an RBI double. He scored on Garcia’s double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies blinded the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 1-0.

Scott Effross and Michael Rucker combined to shut out the Lookouts. Effross tossed the first five innings and gave up four hits, all singles. He did not walk or strike anyone out.

Rucker pitched the final four innings for the save. Rucker allowed three singles. He struck out five and walked no one, although he did hit one batter.

Charcer Burks singled to lead off the fifth inning, went to second on a ground out and was singled home by Gioskar Amaya for the only run of the game. Burks and Amaya were both 1 for 3.

The Smokies won despite only three hits.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Pelicans were rained out again today. Their entire three-game series in Winston-Salem has been cancelled and will not be made up.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were locked up by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 10-0 in a game that was called because of rain after seven innings.

Starter Cam Sanders allowed seven runs, six earned, on six hits over five innings. Sanders walked three, hit two batters and struck out one.

Center fielder Brennen Davis singled in the third inning. That’s the only hit South Bend had today.