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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 7

Three wins for the minor league affiliates tonight.

Jared Young
Jared Young
Tennessee Smokies

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were cast out by the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 4-2.

Ryan Kellogg started and got the loss. Kellogg allowed three runs on five hits over four innings. All three runs scored in the fourth inning. Kellogg struck out one and walked no one.

Justin Steele threw a season-high 2.2 innings of relief. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks. Steele stuck out one.

Center fielder Michael Hermosillo hit a solo home run in the first inning, his fifth of the season. Hermosillo went 1 for 3 with two walks.

Catcher Tony Wolters went 2 for 5.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies got in the eyes of the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 6-1.

Dakota Chalmers pitched the first four innings and gave up no runs and just one hit. Chalmers did walk three, but he struck out five.

The win went to Juan Gámez because Chalmers didn’t pitch five innings. Gámez surrendered one unearned run on two hits over 1.2 innings. Gamez struck out three, walked one and hit pne batter.

First baseman Jared Young had a big night tonight. First he connected for a three-run double in the first inning. In the second inning, he had a two-run double. The final line of Young’s night was 3 for 5 with two doubles and five RBI. He scored one run.

Right fielder Darius Hill went 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Second baseman Reivaj Garcia was 2 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs outlasted the Beloit Snappers (Marlins), 11-7.

Starter Max Bain pitched four innings and allowed five runs on four hits. One of the five runs was unearned. Bain struck out five, but he walked three and hit two more batters.

The win went to Hunter Bigge in relief. Bigge pitched the top of the seventh inning without giving up a run or a hit. He did walk the first batter he faced but he also struck out two batters in his one inning.

Brad Deppermann retired the side in order in both the eighth and ninth innings to get a two-inning save. Deppermann struck out three.

The lone South Bend home run tonight was a two-run homer by shortstop Delvin Zinn in the fourth inning. It was Zinn’s third home run of 2021. Zinn went 3 for 5 with the home run and a stolen base. Zinn scored three times and drove in two runs.

Center fielder Nelson Velazquez stayed hot by going 3 for 5 with a double and two steals. Velazquez had three RBI and scored once.

Second baseman Josue Huma went 3 for 4 and scored three runs.

DH Grayson Byrd was 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

Catcher Harrison Wenson was 2 for 4 and scored once.

All nine players in South Bend’s starting lineup had at least one hit. The team had 17 total hits tonight.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shredded the Augusta Green Jackets (Braves), 7-5.

Richard Gallardo started and got 2.2 innings in before rain delayed the game for an hour. Gallardo gave up one run on four hits. He struck out two and did not issue a walk.

The win went to Jeremiah Estrada, who took the mound when play resumed. Estrada pitched 2.1 innings without giving up a run. He had two hits, walked no one and struck out five.

After Carlos Ocampo turned a comfortable lead into a close game by giving up four runs in the eighth, Bailey Reid entered the game with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth. He got a strikeout to end the threat in the eighth and then pitched the ninth to get the save. He allowed one hit over 1.1 innings. Reid struck out two and did not walk anyone.

First baseman Matt Mervis gave the Birds an early lead with a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. It was Mervis’ fifth home run this season. Mervis went 1 for 5.

Left fielder Jordan Nwogu hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his third this year. Nwogu went 1 for 3 with a walk.

Center fielder Jacob Wetzel hit the Pelicans third and final home run on the night. It was a solo home run in the top of the eighth. It was Wetzel’s fourth home run on the year. Wetzel also doubled to lead off the sixth inning. He was 2 for 3 with a walk and scored two runs.

Right fielder Jonathan Sierra went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI.

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