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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 20

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The Pelicans snapped a six-game losing streak with a rain-shortened win. The Smokies also won to split a six-game series with Chattanooga.

Jordan Nwogu
Jordan Nwogu
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Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I spent a chunk of my Father’s Day at my daughter’s piano recital. At least the church it was in was air-conditioned and it was shorter than normal.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were tied with the St. Paul Saints (Twins) 3-3 after four innings when the rains came. They will complete this game in St. Paul on August 17.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies topped the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 3-1.

Starter Alex Katz pitched 3.1 innings without allowing a run. He gave up two hits. He walked three and struck out four.

The win went to Bryan Hudson because Katz didn’t go five innings,. Hudson allowed just one hit over 1.2 innings. He struck out one and walked no one.

Manuel Rodriguez threw the ninth inning and got the save. Rodriguez gave up a one-out single, but then ended the game on a 5-4-3 double play. Rodriguez struck out one.

The Cubs signed former Diamondbacks farmhand catcher Tim Susnara out of the independent Pioneer League this past week. In his second plate appearance in the Cubs organization, Susnara hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Susnara was 2 for 3 with a walk.

Shortstop Christopher Morel was 2 for 4.

DH Nelson Maldonado went 1 for 2 with two walks. He scored once.

Right fielder Brennen Davis went 1 for 3 with a walk.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were roasted by the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 9-2.

Starter Brad Deppermann took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits over four innings. Deppermann walked two and struck out one.

Left fielder Bradley Beesley was 2 for 5 with a stolen base.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans kenneled the Charleston RiverDogs (Rays), 6-1 in a game that ended after six and a half innings because of rain. The win snaps the Pelicans six-game losing streak.

Starter Manuel Espinoza earned the win with 5.2 scoreless innings. Espinoza allowed four hits. He struck out seven and walked one.

Catcher Pablo Aliendo hit a three-run home run in the third inning, his second blast of the season. Aliendo was 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs scored.

Two batters later in the third, left fielder Jordan Nwogu cracked a solo home run. It was also his second home run on the year. Nwogu went 1 for 2 with a walk.

DH Jonathan Sierra was 2 for 3.