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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 1

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Iowa wins behind strong pitching of Mills and Norwood. Carl Edwards Jr. makes a rehab appearance. The Pelicans beat Carolina behind Paul Richan.

Paul Richan
Paul Richan
Cameron LaFerle/Eugene Emeralds

It’s July already?

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs beat the San Antonio Missions (Brewers), 5-3.

Alec Mills pitched very well tonight, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings. Mills struck out seven and walked just one.

Carl Edwards Jr. entered this game in the eighth inning in a rehab assignment. Edwards faced four batters. He walked the first one and then the next one singled. After striking out Lucas Erceg, Edwards got a ground ball to first base that Jim Adduci made a bad throw to second base, allowing a run to score. Edwards’ final line was one unearned run on one hit and one walk over one-third of an inning. He threw 22 pitches of which 11 were strikes.

James Norwood pitched out of the jam that Edwards was in and then pitched the ninth inning for the save. Norwood allowed one unearned run on no hits over 1.2 innings. Norwood also walked one and hit one batter, but he struck out four.

Phillip Evans hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. He was 1 for 3 with a walk. It was his 11th home run of the year.

Taylor Davis hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning. Davis now has four home runs in the minors this season. He was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks.

Jim Adduci was 2 for 4 and scored twice.

With the win, the I-Cubs have opened up a ten-game lead in their division.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were vassalized by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 5-4.

The Smokies played a bullpen game tonight. Jake Stinnett started this game and pitched two innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits. They walked one and struck out two.

Ben Hecht pitched two scoreless and hitless innings in his Double-A debut. Hecht walked one and struck out one.

Wyatt Short allowed two runs in the top of the eighth and took the loss. Short allowed two runs on two hits over two innings. He struck out two and walked only one. But he did hit one batter.

Right fielder Wynton Bernard went 3 for 3 with a double and a solo home run in the second inning. Bernard has two home runs this year and one with the Smokies. He also walked once. Bernard had two runs batted in.

Center fielder Connor Myers went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI bunt single in the sixth inning. Myers also stole one base and scored once.

Second baseman Vimael Machin was 2 for 4 with a walk.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda went 2 for 5.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans hooked the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 4-1.

A terrific start for Paul Richan, who set a new career-high in innings pitched and tied a career-high in strikeouts. Richan allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out nine batters and walked just two as he collected his eighth win of the season.

Garrett Kelly pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save. He struck out two.

The Pelicans scored four runs tonight on just two hits, thanks to six walks and three Mudcats errors. Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 1 for 3 with a walk and one run scored.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were fried by the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 6-2.

Starter Riley Thompson allowed three runs on four hits over five innings. Thompson walked two and struck out five.

Shortstop Andy Weber had two doubles in a 2 for 4 game. He had one RBI.

Catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni went 2 for 4 with the other RBI.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 10-9 in ten innings.

Eduarniel Nunez started this game and didn’t make it out of the second inning. Nunez gave up five runs on five hits over 1.2 innings. He walked two and struck out just one.

Raidel Ortiz pitched a scoreless ninth inning to force extras, but he gave up a run in the tenth without retiring a batter to take the loss. Ortiz allowed one unearned run on two hits over 1+ innings. Ortiz intentionally walked one batter and he did not strike anyone out.

Left fielder Edmond Americaan was 3 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. Americaan had one RBI and scored twice.

Third baseman Jake Slaughter was 3 for 5 with a double. He also scored twice and drove in one run.

DH Jose Gutierrez went 2 for 5 with an RBI.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 beat Dodgers Mota, 9-8 in ten innings.

Cubs 2 lost to Padres 2, 4-3.

Nico Hoerner went 2 for 5. It’s the first time he’s played an entire game in his rehab assignment.