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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 15

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It’s a Cubs sweep tonight as all five affiliates can fly the W tonight.

Ryan Jensen
Ryan Jensen
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It’s a Cubs sweep tonight! They outscored their opponents 24 to 3.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs fried the Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers), 6-0.

Joe Biagini started and pitched five innings without allowing a run. Biagini gave up three hits and issued two walks. He struck out three.

Michael Rucker threw the next two innings and got the win in relief. Rucker allowed just one hit. He struck out three and walked no one.

Second baseman Tyler Ladendorf broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. it was Ladendorf’s third home run this year. He went 1 for 5 on the night.

Shortstop Abiatal Avelino went 2 for 5 with a two-run single in the top of the ninth.

First baseman Alfonso Rivas was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored one run and drove in one run.

Right fielder Nick Martini was 3 for 4 and scored one run.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies burned the Mississippi Braves, 10-2.

Starter Peyton Remy pitched 4.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out six.

Because Remy didn’t pitch five innings, the win went to Bryan Hudson, who relieved Remy in the fifth inning. He pitched 1.1 innings and gave up no runs. He walked no one and struck out three. He also pitched out of a jam in the sixth inning when the first two batters of the inning reached on errors.

Third baseman Chase Strumpf hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was Strumpf’s fourth home run this year. Strumpf went 1 for 4 with a walk.

Center fielder Zach Davis added an insurance run with a solo home run in the eighth inning. It was Davis’s first home run this season. Davis went 2 for 5.

Right fielder Jared Young went 4 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

First baseman Nelson Maldonado went 2 for 5 with one run batted in.

Shortstop Edwin Figueroa was 2 for 4 with a walk.

DH Brennen Davis continues to get on base. He was 2 for 3 with two walks tonight. Davis scored three runs. Davis has a .524 OBP in ten games in July.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs shucked the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 2-1 in ten innings.

Ryan Jensen allowed just two hits and one run over the first six innings. Jensen walked one and struck out eight. Over his last three starts, Jensen has thrown 17 innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He’s walked two and struck out 17. Jensen has retired the first nine batters of the game in all three of those starts.

After Hunter Bigge pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Jensen, Brad Deppermann pitched the ninth and tenth innings and got the win. Deppermann allowed one hit. He struck out two and walked no one.

First baseman Tyler Durna doubled home DJ Artis with the first South Bend run of the game in the bottom of the ninth. Then after Cedar Rapids failed to score in the top of the tenth, second baseman Josue Huma singled home ghost runner Grayson Byrd with the winning run.

Durna went 1 for 4. Artis was 0 for 2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Huma was also 1 for 4.

Right fielder Edmond Americaan was 2 for 4.

Highlights:

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 5-0.

Starter Jose Miguel Gonzalez allowed just one hit over 4.2 innings. That sounds better than the five walks he issued. Gonzalez also struck out six.

Because Gonzalez didn’t go five innings, reliever Jose Almonte got his first win in the Cubs organization. Almonte gave up one hit and walked two over 2.2 innings. Almonte struck out one.

Gabrielle Jaramillo did not allow a hit over the final 1.2 innings to complete the two-hitter. He struck out three and walked no one.

Left fielder Jordan Nwogu hit a solo home run in the second inning. It was his fifth home run of 2021 and his third home run for July. Nwogu went 1 for 3 with a walk.

Third baseman Luis Verdugo hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. It was his third home run this season. Verdugo was 2 for 3 with a double, the home run and a walk. He had three RBI on the evening. Verdugo also stole a base.

Shortstop Kevin Made went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored once.

Highlights:

ACL Cubs

Beat the White Sox, 1-0.

Owen Cassie homered for the only run.