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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 7

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Iowa goes out of the first half on a high note. South Bend clobbers Dayton.

Christopher Morel
Eugene Emeralds

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The National League Future Stars and the American League Future Stars tied 2-2.

Miguel Amaya caught the first three innings for the National League. He had one at-bat where Orioles pitcher DL Hall shattered his bat. Amaya grounded out to shortstop, but the shards of the bat hit Hall. The trainers examined Hall, but he was OK. He said he was only hit by the flat end of the bat.

Adbert Alzolay was an unused substitute as Alzolay pitched on Saturday in Des Moines.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs clipped the wings of the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 8-5.

Starter Alec Mills got the win after allowing four runs on four hits over seven innings. One of the hits was a three-run home run in the second inning. Mills struck out four and walked two.

James Norwood pitched the ninth and got his sixth save. He allowed a two-out single, but no other baserunners. Norwood struck out two.

Third baseman Trent Giambrone hit a three-run home run as part of a five-run fourth inning. It was Giambrone’s 19th home run this season. Giambrone was 2 for 5.

Center fielder Ian Happ went 2 for 5 with a double and a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning.

Second baseman Zack Short was 2 for 4 with a walk and he scored on Giambrone’s home run.

First baseman Erick Castillo went 2 for 5 and scored twice.

Iowa is now 52-38 as they head into the All-Star Break. That is the most wins they’ve had at the break since 2008, which is also the last time Iowa made the Pacific Coast League playoffs.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 5-0.

Alex Lange pitched the first five innings and took the loss after surrendering four runs on eight hits. Lange walked four and struck out three.

The Smokies only had three hits, all singles.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were also shut out by the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 7-0.

Paul Richan pitched six innings and allowed four runs on five hits. Two of the four runs were unearned. Richan struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Delvin Zinn singled in the second inning. That was the Pelicans only hit on the day.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs shut out the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 10-0. It was the second-straight shutout for the South Bend pitching staff.

Starter Riley Thompson got the win after tossing five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits. He struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Carlos Vega pitched 2.2 innings and Fauris Guerrero threw 1.1 innings to complete the shutout.

Third baseman Christopher Morel was 3 for 5 with a triple. He scored once and had one RBI.

DH Brennen Davis went 2 for 4 and was hit by a pitch. He had two RBI and scored once.

Shortstop Andy Weber was 2 for 5 with a walk and one run scored. He also stole a base.

First baseman Fidel Mejia was 2 for 5 with a double. He drove home two runs and he scored twice.

Right fielder Jonathan Sierra went 2 for 5 and scored once.

Second baseman Clayton Daniel went 1 for 3 with two walks and one hit-by-pitch. He also stole one base. Daniel scored three times and had two RBI.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were buried by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 10-7

It was a bullpen game for the Ems today as both fifth-round pick Josh Burgmann and fourth-round pick Chris Clarke made their professional debut. Burgmann pitched a perfect first inning with two strikeouts.

Clarke pitched the second inning and allowed two singles, but he struck out three so no runs scored.

Raidel Orta had a rough outing and took the loss after giving up five runs in the eighth inning, including a grand slam. Orta’s final line was five runs on three hits and three walks over one third of an inning.

Second baseman Chase Strumpf had the first multi-hit game of his career, going 4 for 5 with two doubles. He scored once and drove in one run.

DH Nelson Maldonado went 4 for 5 with a stolen base. He had two RBI and one run scored.

Third baseman Yonathan Perlaza went 3 for 5. He had one run batted in and scored once.

Left fielder Darius Hill was 2 for 4 with a sacrifice fly.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 were tied with Dodgers Lasorda, 9-9 in the seventh inning.

Cubs 2 lost to GIants Orange, 2-1.