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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 27

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The Smokies snap a bad streak. South Bend moves into a tie in the wild-card race. The Ems down the Volcanoes.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were too late to catch the Round Rock Express (Astros), 10-2.

Starter Alec Mills took the loss after allowing seven runs on ten hits over 6.2 innings. One of the seven runs was unearned. Mills did strike out six and not walk anyone.

Iowa only had three hits tonight. Jim Adduci hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning. He was 1 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies blinded the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 4-1. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Smokies.

Starter Luis Lugo pitched 4.2 innings and allowed one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Because Lugo didn’t go five innings, the win went to Oscar De La Cruz. De La Cruz tossed 2.1 scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit. De La Cruz walked one and struck out four.

Wyatt Short pitched the ninth inning and got the save. The only baserunner was a one-out walk and he never advanced beyond first. Short struck out one.

All five runs in this game (for both teams) scored on home runs in the first inning. Center fielder Nico Hoerner hit a solo home run, his third on the season. Hoerner was 2 for 4 with a stolen base.

Later in the top of the first, third baseman Gioskar Amaya hit a three-run home run, his first all season. Amaya was also 2 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were blue against the Salem Red Sox, 7-5.

Paul Richan allowed two home runs tonight and took the loss. The final line on Richan was seven runs, four earned, on ten hits over four innings. He struck out four and did not walk anyone.

Catcher Miguel Amaya went 2 for 4 with a double. He had one run batted on and one run scored.

First baseman Tyler Durna was also 2 for 4 with a double. Durna scored once.

Center fielder Jose Gutierrez went 2 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs stripped the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 6-0.

Brendon Little gave up three hits and three walks but no runs over 4.2 innings. Little struck out five.

Because Little couldn’t go five, the win went to Casey Ryan, who pitched the next 2.1 innings after Little. Ryan gave up just one hit. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

Shortstop Andy Weber went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two walks. Weber had two runs scored and two driven in.

DH Yonathan Perlaza was 2 for 3 with two walks. Perlaza scored one run.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds capped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 4-3.

Third-round pick Michael McAvene made his pro debut in this game. He pitched a perfect first inning, retiring the side in order on 13 pitches. Nine were strikes. He did not have a strikeout.

Zach Mort took over for McAvene in the second inning and got the win. Mort allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. Mort struck out four and did not walk anyone.

Fauris Guerrero pitched the final two innings and took home the save. Guerrero allowed one run on one hit and one walk. He struck out three.

Eighteen-year-old Pedro Martinez (and that guy is going to make the auto-tagging program go nuts) was promoted to Eugene from Mesa and he was a perfect 4 for 4 in his debut game.

Shortstop Luis Vasquez was a perfect 3 for 3 with a sac bunt. He scored once.

DH Nelson Maldonado singled home center fielder Fernando Kelli in the top of the first inning to give the Ems the lead for good. Maldonado went 2 for 4.

Kelli was 2 for 5 with an RBI single in the fourth inning.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 beat Brewers Gold, 18-2.

DH Carlos Pacheco hit two home runs and had five RBI in this game.

Eddy Martinez went 2 for 2 with a home run in a rehab appearance.

Cubs 2 beat Giants Orange, 7-5.