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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 24

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Iowa beats San Antonio and Donnie Dewees saves the day. Ryan Jensen had another strong appearance. South Bend cruises to a victory.

Jonathan Sierra
Jonathan Sierra
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Iowa Cubs

The Chicago Cubs foiled the San Antonio Missions (Brewers), 5-4.

Tyson Miller started and didn’t make it out of the first inning. Miller allowed two runs on three hits over two-thirds of an inning. He walked three batters and did not strike out any of them.

Five relief pitchers took the game the rest of the way. Give some credit to Dillon Maples for keeping Iowa in the game. He pitched two innings of relief without allowing a hit or a run. Maples only walked one and he struck out four.

Randy Rosario got the win after pitching the seventh and eighth inning and not allowing a run. Rosario gave up no runs on two hits over two innings. He struck out two and did not walk anyone.

The save went to Donnie Dewees, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning. (Wait a minute. That can’t be right. Let me check that.) Actually, that’s correct. Outfielder Donnie Dewees pitched a scoreless ninth inning and got the save. Dewees allowed a leadoff single, but he retired the next three batters, striking out one the final one. None of his pitches were clocked above 63 mph. (Dewees can throw harder than that. It was an intentional strategy.)

Trent Giambrone tied the game up 4-4 with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. It was his 20th home run this season. Giambrone also scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on a Dixon Machado single. Giambrone was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored two and had three total RBI.

Ian Happ went 2 for 4 with a walk. He had one RBI.

First baseman Jim Adduci went 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were swept by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 3-0 and 4-3 in nine innings.

Thomas Hatch started game one and pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. He struck out four and did not walk anyone.

After Ben Hecht tossed two more scoreless innings, Oscar De La Cruz allowed three runs in the top of the sixth inning and got the loss. The final line on De La Cruz was three runs on three hits over two innings. One of the hits was a two-run home run De La Cruz struck out three and did not walk anyone.

The Smokies only had three hits in game one, all singles.

In game two, starting pitcher Jake Stinnett allowed three runs on four hits over three innings. Stinnett struck out three and walked one. He also hit one batter.

Bailey Clark and Jordan Minch both pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Neither one allowed a hit.

Wyatt Short pitched the top of the eighth without allowing any runs, but he did give up one in the top of the ninth and took the loss. Short’s final line was one unearned run on three hits over two innings. Short struck out two and walked one.

The Smokies only had two hits in game two, both doubles in the second inning. Left fielder Charcer Burks and DH Connor Myers both went 1 for 3 with a double. Burks scored once and had one RBI. Myers had one RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans solved the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 6-5 in ten innings.

Starter Alexander Vargas allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings. Vargas walked one and struck out three. He also hit one batter.

Enrique De Los Rios tossed three perfect innings of relief, allowing the Pelicans to get back in this game. De Los Rios struck out three.

Garrett Kelly pitched two scoreless innings to get the win, including a perfect tenth inning when he struck out two batters. (Kelly loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but got out of the jam to force extras.) Kelly’s final line was no runs on one hit over two innings. Kelly struck out three and walked two.

The Pelicans tied this game up with four runs in the eighth inning. Three of those runs scored on bases-loaded walks.

Right fielder Kevonte Mitchell singled home Tyler Durna in the top of the tenth inning with what proved to be the winning run. Mitchell went 2 for 4 with a double and a bases-loaded walk. He had two total RBI.

Durna was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI single in the eighth inning. He scored twice.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs capsized the Lake County Captains (Indians), 8-2.

Starter Peyton Remy did not allow a run over the first 4.2 innings of the game. Remy gave up just one hit. He struck out three, walked two and hit one batter.

Casey Ryan got the win because Remy didn’t go give innings. Ryan allowed one run on two hits over 2.1 innings. He walked two and did not strike anyone out.

Right fielder Jonathan Sierra went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Left fielder D.J. Artis went 2 for 4 with one run batted in.

Highlights:

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds clipped the wings of the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 8-3.

Ryan Jensen pitched the first two innings of this game and did not allow a run or a hit. He did walk one and hit one batter, but he struck out four and induced one double play.

The win was awarded to Chris Kachmar because Jensen didn’t go five innings. Kachmar gave up one run on three hits over 2.1 innings. Kachmar struck out three and walked one.

Left fielder Darius Hill had a big game, going 4 for 5 with a double. He scored once and had one run batted in.

Catcher Caleb Knight was a perfect 2 for 2 and was hit by pitches twice. Knight scored twice and drove in two runs.

Center fielder Edmond Americaan went 2 for 4 with a walk.

AZL Cubs

Both teams were off.