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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 12

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Here’s where I point out that Kris Bryant went 0 for 5 with five strikeouts in his first game with the Boise Hawks.

The Cubs have released Junichi Tazawa.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were too late the catch the Round Rock Express (Astros), 5-2.

Adbert Alzolay had some major control issues tonight and took the loss. Alzolay allowed three runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. That’s not good, but the real concern is that he walked six batters and hit two more. He threw 90 pitches, of which 47 were strikes. Alzolay struck out two.

Iowa’s only two runs came on a two-run home run by Jim Adduci in the top of the ninth. It was Adduci’s tenth home run this season. He went 1 for 4.

Right fielder Donnie Dewees went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple. He also stole a base.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were caught hibernating by the Mobile BayBears (Angels), 5-3.

Starter Jeffrey Passantino surrendered two runs on six hits over five innings. Passantino struck out five and did not walk anyone.

Jake Stinnett pitched the top of the ninth inning, gave up a two-run home run and took the loss. Stinnett’s final line was two runs, one earned, on two hits in one inning of work. Stinnett did not walk anyone and he struck out three.

Second baseman Christian Donahue hit a a three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning to account for all the Smokies scoring in this game. It was Donahue’s second home run this year. He was 1 for 4.

Center fielder Zach Davis went 2 for 4 with a steal. He scored on the Donahue home run.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda went 2 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans vetoed the Potomac Nationals, 9-4.

Javier Assad pitched the first five innings and got the win after giving up four runs on nine hits. Assad struck out six and walked two.

Enrique De Los Rios pitched three scoreless innings and Ryan Lawlor had a perfect ninth to close out the game.

Catcher Tyler Payne hit two home runs tonight, giving him seven on the season. Payne’s first home run came with two on in the fourth inning. His second one was a solo shot in the seventh inning. Payne went 2 for 4.

Right fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 2 for 3 with an RBI double as part of a six-run fourth inning. Mitchell scored once and had one RBI. He was also hit by a pitch.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were mauled by the Kane County Cougars (Diamondbacks), 10-1.

Starter Faustino Carrera took the loss after allowing seven runs on ten hits over 4.1 innings. Carrera walked two and struck out three.

Second baseman Clayton Daniel went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

First baseman Luke Reynolds went 2 for 4 with a double.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 11-8.

Ryan Jensen made his professional debut tonight and he struggled with the long layoff, not making it out of the first inning. Jensen allowed one run on one hit and three walks over two-thirds of an inning. He did not have a strikeout. Jensen threw 29 pitches and 13 were strikes.

Still, the Ems had the lead when Jensen left the game. The loss went to Bryan King, who allowed three runs on one hit and three walks over three innings. King struck out two.

DH Nelson Maldonado gave the Ems an early lead with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. It was his second pro home run and first with the Emeralds. Maldonado went 2 for 5 with three RBI.

Center fielder Fernando Kelli was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and a sacrifice fly. Kelli scored twice and had one run batted in.

Third baseman Jake Slaughter was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks. Slaughter scored twice.

Shortstop Luis Vazquez went 2 for 5 with a double. He scored one run and drove in one run.

Right fielder Jacob Olson hit a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 game. Olson had two RBI and two runs scored.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 beat Cubs 2, 7-1.