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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: Jul 3

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The I-Cubs beat the Missions. South Bend and Myrtle Beach win late as well.

Ian Happ
Ian Happ
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Congratulations to South Bend Cubs Tyler Durna, who was your choice for the BCB Minor League Player of the Month for June. Also congratulations to Durna because his big month of June got him promoted to High-A Myrtle Beach.

A reminder that you still have time to vote for the Minor League Pitcher of the Month.

Also, the Dominican Summer League Yankees beat the Dominican Summer League Twins 38-2. That’s a minor league record, as far as anyone can tell.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs stopped the San Antonio Missions (Brewers), 5-2.

Colin Rea started and got his PCL-leading 10th win of the season. Rea allowed two runs on just two hits over 6.1 innings. Rea walked three and struck out six.

Tim Collins gets a special mention for entering the game with the bases-loaded and one out in the bottom of the eighth. He struck out both batters to end the threat.

James Norwood pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save. He struck out two.

Second baseman Ian Happ went 2 for 3 with a double, a triple and two walks. Happ scored once and had one RBI.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann went 3 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored once.

Third baseman Phillip Evans went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Evans scored one time and drove in one run.

Left fielder Donnie Dewees also went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Dewees had two RBI and scored one run.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were subjugated by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 3-2.

Starter Thomas Hatch gave up a two-run home run in the top of the first inning and then left the game with two outs and a man on second in the seventh inning and reliever Tommy Nance allowed the inherited runner to score. Other than that, Hatch was terrific, but he still took the loss. Hatch allowed three runs on six hits over 6.2 innings. He struck out ten and did not walk anyone.

Second baseman Vimael Machin hit a two-run double in the fourth inning for all of the Smokies runs on the night. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans washed the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 4-2.

Pelicans starter Erich Uelmen went 5.2 innings and allowed just one unearned run on four hits. Uelmen struck out four and walked one.

Erling Moreno entered the game with the score tied 1-1 in the top of the eighth and gave up a run, putting him in line for the loss. But the Pelicans scored three times in the bottom of the inning and Moreno got the win instead. The final line on Moreno was one run on one hit and one walk over one inning. He struck out one.

Garrett Kelly pitched the ninth and got the save. He did not allow a run or a hit, but he did walk one batter. Kelly struck out one.

Right fielder D.J. Wilson hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Pelicans a 3-2 lead. It was his fourth home run of the season. Wilson was 1 for 3.

First baseman Tyler Durna singled home Zach Davis in the bottom of the eighth to tack on an insurance run. Durna went 2 for 3 with a walk.

Center fielder Zach Davis went 2 for 4 with the one run scored.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs surfed past the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 4-2.

Starter Brailyn Marquez gave up two runs in the top of the first but then he shut down the Whitecaps for the rest of his six-inning start. Marquez allowed the two runs on six hits. He struck out six and walked one.

Brendan King pitched the other three innings without allowing a run and got the win. King gave up just one hit. He struck out five and walked no one.

Third baseman Christopher Morel went 3 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in the second inning, his fifth of the year. Morel scored twice and had two RBI.

South Bend scored the four runs on just five hits. Center fielder Brennen Davis gave South Bend a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning with an RBI double. Davis was 1 for 4. He scored later that inning on Morel’s double.

Highlights:

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds tidied up the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 7-1.

Starter Kohl Franklin allowed just one run on four hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out four. It was Franklin’s first professional win.

Blake Whitney pitched the final four innings without allowing a run for his first professional save. Whitney gave up just one hit. He walked two and struck out five.

Shortstop Luis Vazquez was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He scored one run and had one run batted in.

First baseman Danny Zardon went 2 for 4 with a double.

AZL Cubs

Off day.