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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 6

Wins for the Smokies, South Bend and Eugene.

Cam Sanders
Cam Sanders
Clinton Cole

Congratulations to Myrtle Beach first baseman Tyler Durna and Myrtle Beach left-hander Jack Patterson who were named the “official” Cubs Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for June. Both players were with South Bend for most of the month. Having good months can get you promoted. Durna was also your choice for the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were blue after falling to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 5-4.

Adbert Alzolay started his first game since being demoted and looked good in the first three innings, but the wheels fell off in the fourth. Alzolay took the loss after allowing five runs on four hits over 3.1 innings. Alzolay walked three, hit one batter and struck out six.

Donnie Dewees got the I-Cubs to within a run with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. It was Dewees’ 12th home run this season. He was 1 for 4.

Ian Happ went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored once.

Right fielder Mark Zagunis went 2 for 4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies devoured the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 4-2.

Jeffrey Passantino started this game for the Smokies. It was his Double-A debut and with that, he has now pitched for all four full-season Cubs minor league affiliates this year. Passantino got the win after allowing just two runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out five and did not walk anyone.

After Michael Rucker pitched three scoreless innings of relief, Jordan Minch pitched the ninth inning and got the save. He allowed a one-out single, but no other baserunners. Minch struck out two.

First baseman Jared Young hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning and that was all the runs the Smokies would need. It was his fourth home run of the season. Young was 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored twice.

Left fielder Wynton Bernard was 3 for 5 with a double. He scored on Young’s home run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were clawed by the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 5-3.

Javier Assad started and took the loss in this game after giving up five runs on seven hits over six innings. One of the runs was unearned. Assad walked one and struck out two.

Catcher Tyler Payne doubled and scored in the second inning and he had an RBI single in the fifth. Payne was 2 for 4.

Center fielder Jimmy Herron went 3 for 5 with a double.

Third baseman Cam Balego went 3 for 5.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs lanced the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 1-0.

Cam Sanders pitched the first five innings and gave up just one hit as he improved his record to 4-4. Sanders struck out five and walked no one.

Ivan Medina tossed three innings of scoreless relief, giving up three hits. He struck out two.

Sean Berry pitched the bottom of the ninth and collected his fourth save. He allowed one baserunner, a two-out single. Berry struck out one.

Fidel Mejia singled home Brennen Davis, who had led off the fourth inning with a triple, for the only run of the game. Both players were 1 for 4.

Christopher Morel went 2 for 3 with a walk.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds crushed the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 13-7.

Chris Allen started this game and got his first professional win. Allen allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits over five innings. Allen struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Edmond Americaan hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, which was his first professional home run. Americaan was 3 for 4 with a double and the home run. He had four total RBI and he scored twice. He was also hit by a pitch

DH Zac Taylor went a perfect 3 for 3 with two walks. He also stole a base. Taylor scored five times.

First baseman Grayson Byrd went 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. Byrd had four RBI and he scored once.

The Emeralds had six batters hit by pitches. One AquaSox pitcher was ejected after hitting a batter.

The AquaSox had three position players pitching in this game. One of them was the guy who got ejected.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to Giants Black, 6-5.

Cubs 2 lost to the Mariners, 10-9.

Alexander Guerra hit three home runs in this game.