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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 18

The Smokies power past Mississippi. The Pelicans stop the Fireflies.

Nelson Maldonado
Nelson Maldonado
Tennessee Smokies

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs laid an egg against the Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers), 3-0.

Iowa starter Adrian Sampson gave up a solo home run to Willi Castro to lead off the bottom of the first, and that was all the runs Toledo would need. Sampson took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits over five innings. Sampson walked two and struck out five.

Matt Duffy played seven innings of third base and went 2 for 3 in his rehab assignment.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies beat the Mississippi Braves, 6-3.

Starter Dakota Chalmers allowed two runs on four hits over 4.2 innings. Chalmers struck out four and walked one.

The win went to Juan Gámez, who pitched 1.2 innings and retired all five batters he faced. He struck out one.

Cayne Ueckert got the save. Ueckert gave up two hits but no runs over 1.1 innings of work. Ueckert struck out one and did not walk a batter.

All six Smokies runs came on a home run. First, third baseman Levi Jordan tied the game 2-2 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was Jordan’s third home run this season. Jordan was 1 for 4.

Mississippi retook the lead in the top of the sixth and center fielder Brennen Davis tied it up again with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning. It was his sixth home run this season. (Not counting the two in the Futures Game.) Davis was also 1 for 4.

Finally, first baseman Nelson Maldonado gave the Smokies the lead for good with a three-run home run in the seventh inning. Maldonado now has four home runs this year. He was 2 for 3.

Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda went 2 for 4 and scored on Jordan’s home run.

Catcher Tim Susnara was 2 for 3 with a walk.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were creamed by the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 13-3.

Max Bain started and took the loss after giving up four runs on four hits over three innings. Bain walked three and struck out four.

Left fielder DJ Artis hit a solo home run in the second inning, his fifth on the season and second with South Bend. He went 1 for 4.

Center fielder Nelson Velazquez went 3 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans bottled up the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 5-2.

Richard Gallardo started and he allowed just one run on two hits over five innings. One of the two hits was a solo home run. Gallardo walked two and struck out four.

The win went to Danis Correa, who pitched the top of the sixth inning and gave up a run on two hits. He struck out two and walked no one.

Gabriel Jaramillo pitched a two-inning save. He gave up one hit and two walks. He did not strike anyone out.

Catcher Pablo Aliendo gave the Pelicans the lead for good with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was Aliendo’s fourth home run. He went 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Third baseman Kevin Made went 2 for 3 and singled home Myrtle Beach’s first run in the fifth inning.

Left fielder Jordan Nwogu had an RBI double in the seventh inning. He was 1 for 2 with a walk. He also scored once.

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